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Lost Ones
by Sheena Kamal
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William Morrow, 2017 (2017)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Nora Watts finds people. That is what she does. When Everett Walsh contacts her, she has bad feelings about his call. How did he find her? What does he want? Why her? There are others who do the same thing she does. Why her in particular?

When she meets Everett Walsh and his wife Lynn she discovers why her. She is the birth mother of their adopted daughter Bonnie! And Bonnie has disappeared. Bonnie would be fifteen now and was interested in finding her birth mother. Nora is not enthralled by this idea since Bonnie was the child of a rape whom Nora gave up for adoption feeling she could never forget the monster who raped her if she raised their child.

Everett and Lynn Walsh want Nora to find Bonnie and feel she would look hard for her very own daughter. No one they have contacted has shown much interest in helping them. Just another runaway kid! Nora is biracial and a product of the foster system. She has lived with pain and violence most of her life but has now found some peace. She doesn't want to stir up old and difficult memories. But this is her birth child and what's a woman to do?

Nora, with Whisper the mutt who is her constant companion, sets out to find the missing girl. The plot of The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal grabbed me and wouldn't let go until the end. The suspense is keen, as is the human emotion of a woman who gave up her child, doing what she felt was best for herself and the tiny baby girl she gave birth to. Fifteen years later, Nora finds that that door was never closed and she feels compelled to find her daughter.

More than just human emotions are part of Bonnie's story. A puzzling conspiracy leads Nora through the streets of Vancouver where she finds deception and violence, and on to the Canadian mountains where she ends on a beautiful and dangerous island. And where she hopes to find the girl she had never wanted to bear.

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