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Review: Lost and Found by Amy Shojai

[ 9 ] October 19, 2012 |

Reviewed by Jen Greyson

Running to Texas in an attempt to mend her life, September Day finds herself caught up in a medical experiment that may cost millions of children their lives if she can’t beat the clock. But with fortunes at stake, some people will kill to keep the secret under wraps.

During a freak blizzard, September’s nephew goes missing along with his autism service dog. If September can’t find him in the next 24 hours, she’ll lose the remaining pieces of her fragmented life.

Lost and Found is Amy Shojai’s debut novel, but you’d never know it. Packed with stunning imagery, great pacing, intense characters (some lovable  some not), and a story with heart, she’s going to be an author to watch. Her ability to mix lovable pets, caring humans, corporate greed, and a child with autism makes for a thriller like none other.

I’m a big fan of thrillers, particularly medical and scientific thrillers like ones from James Rollins and Michael Crichton, and can gladly say Amy’s writing delivers. This is a roller coaster thrill-ride from the very first twist, and continues to pile on the intensity right to the end.

Amy added her own experience as an animal behaviorist to create insightful scenes from the service dog’s point of view, and she does it brilliantly. The depth of characters adds some heart wrenching scenes and ratchets the intensity to the point where you can’t put this book down! Her writing is tight throughout, and Amy’s professionalism shines through from the very beginning–she’s an outstanding writer who doesn’t let her readers down.

Suggested for: Anyone who likes thrillers — especially readers of Crichton, Rollins, and Cook. The crossover for animal lovers makes this book enjoyable for just about everyone.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jen Greyson writes supernatural thrillers and corporate training guides and tries not to mix the two. You can find her free ebook, How to Build a Writing Platform that Works: The New Path to Publishing, at her website, http://TheSurvivalMama.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Amy Shojai. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  1. 6

    [...] and Found. It was fabulous and I asked Amy to come guest blog so you guys could meet her. You can check out my review, or buy a copy of Lost and [...]

  2. 5

    [...] been so darn busy with the book launch of LOST AND FOUND, including some absolutely stunning and awesome reviews, as well as getting ready for the Cat Writers Association 20th Anniversary Celebration (leaving [...]

  3. 4

    Great review of a can’t miss book!

  4. 3
    Carol Wong says:

    I thrillers anyway but to tie it in with autism is wonderful. I read about this yesterday in my Autism Speaks newsletter. One thing that has always upset me is that my brother lives in a group home managed by one of largest group home organizations and they don’t allow any pets. They are afraid that someone might be allergic to a cat or dog yet noone in his group currently is!
    They have no idea what a service dog can mean for an autistic person. Here is link to a wonderful organization:

    http://autismservicedogsofamerica.com/

    Carol Wong

    • 3.1
      Jen Greyson says:

      Carol,
      I’ll be really interested to hear what you think about the book with your unique perspective. I guess I can see the allergy perspective, but I would think the benefits far outweigh the issues :(

      Maybe books like these can bring service dogs in a new light and someone on the staff will read it and do some additional research.

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    Colleen Turner says:

    This sounds really good! I have heard of service dogs for the blind, of course, and for people with certain heart or seizure disorders but I had never heard of a service dog for someone with autism. I think I am as interested in finding out more about that as I am to find out more about the thriller aspect of the story. Thanks for the great review!

    • 2.1
      Jen Greyson says:

      Colleen,
      I’ve only recently heard about service dogs like the one in the book — a little boy here in Salt Lake was separated from his recently — but to see such an intimate portrayal was neat.

      I hope you like both the book and where your research leads!

  6. 1

    Great review! I’ve added this one to my wishlist. It seems like theres been an outpouring of great debut authors this year both indie published and big press published I’m loving all the new books I’m finding.
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages recently posted..Author Interview with Connie Corcoran Wilson

    • 1.1
      Jen Greyson says:

      I know! It’s so fun to find new authors! Amy’s experience with her NF books really shows in this debut novel of hers — it’s always nice to find an author who’s “been around the block” so it’s less of a risk.

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