Saturday, December 20, 2008

Lost and Found by Carolyn Parkhurst

Title: Lost and Found

Author: Carolyn Parkhurst
ISBN: 9780316033497
Publisher: Little Brown/2008
Pages: 369

I had read so much about this book in the blog world and also I found the cover very attractive too. So I requested a copy of it from the author and her publicist was kind enough to send me a copy. I had finished reading a while back but got around reviewing it only today.

The novel starts with a mother-daughter duo, Laura and Casey, taking part in a reality show named Lost and Found. There are assorted group of other duos too. Almost all of them have certain secrets hidden in their closets. The creators of the show want those secrets to come out in the open.

We get to know each one of the participants by their own reflection about their lives and relationship with the other person. Each is hoping to win to better their lives. In the trials and tribulations of the reality show, their souls are bared to us.

Each of the participant has flaws and that only endears them to us. The contestants also come into terms with themselves accepting themselves as they are. The main thing is what they find, losing out in the show. Laura and Casey too come into terms with each other. The show helps to bind them although they go their own ways in the midst of it. Each group bonds with each other in their own ways.

At some places I did find the novel long-winded but all in all it is a good read. Parkhurst chose each of the pair very wisely and her way of writing is good too. It sure pulls at the heart strings at some places.
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