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One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Length: 6 hours and 56 minutes
Genres: YA, Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 308
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Vanessa Johansson
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Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.
Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.
Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.
Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…
Here is what I thought
I wasn’t sure what I would think of this one going into it but I did find it to be a pretty decent read.
A group of high schoolers are going on their senior camping trip with a couple of their teachers. Sera tries to back out once she finds out that Lucas was going but they wouldn’t let her. She had some issues with him from the past but really it was more her than him. She is really a bit messed up when it comes to relationship issues.
They are in the middle of the woods and trying to cross a river and a couple of the girls and one teacher get stranded on one side because one of the girls had a mishap. The other group goes on figuring that they would eventually find their way over to them. They make camp and the next day when they wake up it looks like someone ransacked their belongings while they were gone and they discover they each have a word on their arm. Sera is darling, Lucas is dangerous, Jude is deceptive and Emma is damaged and none know how any of this happened. They find their teacher unconscious and they think he has been drugged.
Now panic sets in because nobody knows who done it, was it one of them? At first they think it might be Sera since she got a nice word on her arm. They have to try and figure out how to get out of the woods but have no clue where to go or what to do and they don’t have enough food to last very long.
One Was Lost has a pretty quick pace to it and I never figured out exactly what was going on though I had an idea, but not who. Each character sort of drove me crazy at some point as teenagers do with all that angst. Sera and her issues with Lucas, I get where they are coming from but got old after a while. Jude is just mean some times with his words because he has been judged too many times for having two dads. Emma is just a wimp and I thought she was labeled correctly. Overall, I liked the characters even if at times I wanted to smack them.
Overall, I thought One Was Lost was an entertaining listen and it was my first book by this author and I would try another one of hers.
This was my first time listening to Vanessa Johanssen and I thought she did a decent job, not a lot distinctive voices but still easy to listen too.
Audio rating: 3.5
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2017 Audiobook
- 2017 Cloak and Dagger