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Monday, December 22, 2008

Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

Synopsis:

What do a suburban mom, her troubled daughter, divorced brothers, former child stars, born-again Christians, and young millionaires have in common? They have all been selected to compete on LOST AND FOUND, the daring new reality show. In teams of two, they will race across the globe --- from Egypt to England, from Japan to Sweden --- to battle for a million-dollar prize. They must decipher encrypted clues, recover mysterious artifacts, and outwit their opponents to stay in play.

Yet what started as a lark turns deadly serious as the number of players is whittled down, temptations beckon, and the bonds between partners strain and unravel. The question now is not only who will capture the final prize, but at what cost.



My Thoughts

What an incredible idea for a story and what a story!
Set up along the lines of The Amazing Race but with the twist of collecting found objects and carrying them with you for the rest of the journey...this includes a parrot, sequins and a ski pole.
The underlying tale speaks to family angst and an unusual mix of secrets with sexual orientation. The teams are each unique and some are more sympathetic than others and you find yourself rooting for them all through the race.
The mother and daughter team of Laura and Cassie are struggling with a family secret that is threatening to split their tiny family asunder while the young married couple Justin and Abby are struggling with their sexuality. There are two ex-child stars looking to rekindle their fame and a pair of brothers that are easy to like but also overlook.
The end of the game is uncertain as each team seems to bring with it it's own agenda and it isn't all about winning the race even though 1 million dollars is certainly compelling.
I enjoyed it immensely and found all the characters quite likable and the book very readable.
I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

4 comments:

sheri said...

I want to read this

J. Kaye Oldner said...

"I enjoyed it immensely and found all the characters quite likable and the book very readable."

Then why give it only a 3.5 star rating? What was wrong with the book?

.Books by TJ Baff said...

because it wasn't remarkable. I guessed everything before it happened and I save my higher marks for something special...something out of the ordinary.
Extraordinary is Life After Genius or Through Black Spruce or a Marion Keyes novel.

Sandra said...

I won a copy of this book but haven't received it yet. I look forward to seeing if I can tell what's coming too. And I agree that Through Black Spruce is a five star novel. It deserved the Giller Prize. I'm going to read his Three Day Road now.