What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn

July 6, 2008 at 8:49 am Leave a comment

In 1984, 10 year old Kate Meaney is training to be a detective. She and Mickey (her stuffed monkey) have opened Falcon Investigations and find suspects to trail at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping mall. Her only friend is Adrian, the son of a local shopkeeper. But the Kate disappears and Adrian is a suspect, so he leaves too. Fast forward to 2003. Adrian’s sister is the assistant manager at a music store in the mall. Lisa is unhappy in her own life, and one day in the staff corridors she finds a stuffed monkey, which connects her with Kurt, the mall security guard who caught a glimpse of a little girl on the mall’s surveillance cameras. Lisa and Kurt begin to investigate how these sightings might be related to Kate’s disappearance – as well as the history of Green Oaks itself.

This book has generated some early buzz in Britain, along with starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. It was a good read and the ending twist was a surprise to me. A good debut. I really liked Kate’s character and the adrift life of Lisa and Kurt rang true as well.

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