Arc Review – Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

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January 3, 2017 by ceresbooksworld



Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano


Publisher: Entangled Teen

Publication date: January 3rd, 2017

Source: eArc from the publisher

Rating: 4,5 hearts




Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.


I was wonderfully surprised by this book, I don’t know what I expected but surely not that and I am very happy.

Lost Girls tells us the story of Rachel who was abducted but managed to flee, however she doesn’t remember the last year of her life, even if she was missing for only 2 weeks.

Rachel is really surprising; in a year she has changed at all. She was cheerful and a bit geeky and now she’s a young teen Goth. She has a hard time knowing who she is and whether what she is now is really her or not. The book bears its name well; Rachel and all the others are not only lost in the sense removed but also lost psychologically. These young girls don’t know much about whom they are and what they want to be. One thing is certain and it’s what Rachel discovers little by little of her life doesn’t necessarily please her.

It’s a new life who begins for her, with new friends who have secret for her and a boy who wants more from her.

I like Rachel, she is a fighter, she wants to know the truth and the fact that she knows how to defend herself is very nice. I like how she try to be better with her brother or her best friend Molly. I’m not agreeing with her all the time, mostly when she is with Lauren but I understand her, and her feelings.

Dylan is awesome but he is not a saint, he has a part of responsibilities in what happen in Rachel’s life. I like him because he’s trying to be better and to help Rachel, he wants her memory back even if in a way it’s not good for him.

Lauren is also an important character, I can’t tell that I like her because it’s not the case but she’s lost, her life isn’t easy and she choose to fight and that is a thing I respect.

This book is full of suspens, action, fight, friendship and family with a little of romance.

Merrie Destefano is good at writing suspenseful book, I had no clue to what happened to Rachel and it’s interesting to see how people can change in one year without their parents to see it. I like Merrie’s writing style, once you begin the book, you can’t put it down, you want to know who did it, why and where.

About the author

CURRENTLY A FULL-TIME NOVELIST and magazine editor, Merrie Destefano’s next novel, LOST GIRLS, releases on January 3, 2017. Her other novels include AFTERLIFE and FEAST, both published by HarperCollins, and FATHOM, which was self-published. The editor of Victorian Homes magazine, she has also been the editor of American Farmhouse Style, Vintage Gardens, and Zombies magazine, and was the founding editor of Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

With 20 years experience in publishing, she worked for a variety of publishing/broadcasting companies that include Focus on the Family, The Word For Today, and PJS Publications (now Primedia). Besides editing and writing, her background includes print buying, writing/producing radio promos, directing photo shoots, developing new products, writing jacket copy for books, creating sales media packets and organizing direct mail campaigns.

Born in the Midwest, she currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.





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