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Lost by Gillian Wells is a suspenseful family drama set in rural Australia.

Connie, Alec, and their children Seb, Caitlin, and Sarah live in Scenic Rim. It’s a country town in South East Queensland.

The stress of running a business during a drought has made Alec hard to please, and his family is struggling as he finds fault with everyone.

Seb heard his mum and dad arguing – what he heard rocked his world. He’s a marathon runner and before thinking rationally, he took off running into the night. His only thought was to get away.

His mum’s estranged family lives in rural Victoria. He knows nothing about his maternal grandparents and his two aunts as they are not talked about. If he can find them, maybe he will be able to understand more about himself and his family.

Connie suspects Seb has overheard the argument and would probably head to Victoria to find her parents – his grandparents.

Alec and Connie had kept a family secret, believing they were protecting and keeping their three children safe. As it now turns out, the opposite has happened. Seb is running into danger.

Connie is trying to cope with an unwell husband, teenage daughters, business pressures, and a missing son.  

Connie has no other option than to try and find Seb before he gets to her parent’s place.

What is Connie’s huge secret and why did she run from her parents? What will his grandparents do to Seb if he finds them?

How does the rest of the family cope when their son, brother, and paternal grandson is missing?

This is the story of Seb’s journey to find himself, plus Connie’s own journey with her unresolved childhood trauma. The connection to a beautiful Arabian horse, who comes into their lives helps them to move forward.

The action, dark twists, and suspense keep you turning the pages as you want Seb and Connie to stay safe.

It is so hard not to give the plot away, but the story touches on mental health, cults, dysfunctional families, happy families, childhood trauma, and the ability of an animal’s unconditional trust and love to help with the healing.

I thoroughly recommend this book.

Thank you to Shawline Publishing Group and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this excellent book.

A selection of our members are reading Lost by Gillian Wells. You can read their thoughts in the comments below, or add your own review.

3 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Lost

  1. Prologue drew me in to want to read this book.
    Set in South East Queensland on a property, seb overhears his dad say something that hurts him deeply, so he leaves the family home to find answers, heading towards Victoria.
    Connie his mother is worried sick and goes looking for him. Along the way comes mental health, childhood trauma.
    Lots of dark twists and suspense had me wanting to read constantly
    Thank you to Shawline Publishing Group and Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read this excellent book

    Highly recommended

  2. Thankyou Beautyandlace. Lost was a great read. Having received this book as a second chance I am very glad I did.
    The book revolves around one family secret but as the story continues the secrets from way back start to appear.. The very best and the very worst of humanity are laid out and the effects for some are enduring. Many thanks to Shawline Publishing Group and congratulations Gillian Wells.

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