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One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

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This review is One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards. One of my favorite ways to rest is by curling up with a good book. Like movies and music, all genres appeal to me, and I give all books a chance to be ‘heard’!

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards #beingfibromom #bookreviews #brandisbookcorner

One Was Lost is a gem of a thrilling book find. A group of seniors fights for their lives as they are being hunted on what is supposed to be an uneventful senior trip hiking through a remote forest. #beingfibromom #bookreviews… Share on X

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards


One Was Lost was a little gem discovered in my community’s Little Free Library. It’s a murder mystery combined with a psychological thrilling plot and a satisfying ending.

A group of seniors is in the middle of nowhere in the mountains on a senior trip that is supposed to transform their lives. Little do they know how transformative this trip would really be for each of the seniors and two chaperones leading the hike.

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As they spend the better part of two days hiking through the forest, there is a steady torrential downpour. The rain has washed out the bridge across the river and they are forced to cross without it. A flash flood tears through the river and separates the group on opposite sides with one chaperone and four teens on one side and one chaperone and two teens on the other. They decide to set up camp and regroup in the morning.

Except they don’t wake up in the morning but rather the afternoon. And they wake up feeling hungover and confused. Their chaperone, Mr. Walker, is very ill and unable to remain conscious. In addition to their dilemma, there are mysterious words inked onto their arms: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Who did this to them? And why?

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The four try to work out what’s happened to them and how to get out of the forest to seek help. Their supplies have been destroyed, their GPS tracker is gone, and someone has left them just enough water for one day. Oh, and there’s an inscription in the dirt counting down the days to…what exactly? They quickly realize they are being watched or rather hunted is more like it, and must work together to get out of there.

I’ll stop the review here to say you must read the book to find out what happens. It gets darker and darker as the story goes on, and I couldn’t put it down. There’s really no gap in the storyline – it all takes place in a few days – so it’s hard to not keep flipping the pages to see what’s going to happen next. I gave this story four out of five stars.

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