Book Talk…5/10/19 Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Lovely and the Lost YA Thriller
The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Disney Hyperion. May 7 2019.
Amazon blurb: Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search-and-rescue. Along with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home. But when Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child—one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months—the teens find themselves on the frontlines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through 750,000 acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone. But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single, missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.
My Review: Kira was a lost child out in a forest, trying to survive when her adoptive mother, Cady, found her. She had an instant brother, Jude, who always did his best to keep her comforted as did Cady. Her next door neighbor, Free, is also part of the Miscreants. Now a teen, trying to get her place on Cady’s Search and Rescue team, Kira knows she and her husky, Saskia, also a beaten, rescued dog are ready. When Cady’s dad shows up with a case, it brings strong emotions from Cady who at first refuses her father and then gives in. The missing girl’s name is Bella. Kira promises to be the one to bring her home. She is the first one to bring a clue to the disappearance in. Cady worries that she is going to be triggered by the situation so takes her of the search. Meanwhile a boy staying with Cady’s father, Gabriel, gains her attention in the search for his own brother. But is there something more to Gabriel? Should Kira trust him? Should she trust anyone as her past is thrown in her face?
This was an incredible book! Intense and an exciting mystery to be solved. The characters are believable and a learning experience to hang out with throughout the story. The plot is twisted and sure.