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Some secrets are better left undiscovered. When a nine-year-old girl goes missing in Harwood Forest, the search for her brings back memories of an unsolved double murder some forty years earlier. Could the key to Erin Jackson’s disappearance lie in the bloody fate of Elijah and Joanna Ingham, bludgeoned to death while their young daughters slept? Were the Inghams really tSome secrets are better left undiscovered.When a nine-year-old girl goes missing in Harwood Forest, the search for her brings back memories of an unsolved double murder some forty years earlier. Could the key to Erin Jackson’s disappearance lie in the bloody fate of Elijah and Joanna Ingham, bludgeoned to death while their young daughters slept? Were the Inghams really the victims of opportunistic burglars—or a more sinister fate?The woods are combed for signs of the child, but Erin’s brother, Jake, mounts his own investigation, uncovering evidence that puts the Inghams’ daughters—vanished Rachel and ‘crazy’ Mary—in the frame. Meanwhile, Erin’s father suspects that the ragtag army of eco-warriors besieging his quarry development may have something to hide.As devastating secrets and betrayals are revealed, the Jackson family is brought to a breaking point. But time is running out. Erin is still missing and Jake’s unorthodox enquiries have left him dangerously exposed. They must find Erin and lay the past to rest—before they become its latest victims....

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the lost ones Reviews

  • Aditi
    2019-02-27 09:45

    “Fifty percent of something is better than than one hundred percent of nothing.”----Chuck BarrisBen Cheetham, an award winning English author, pens a dark and an intriguing family thriller, The Lost Ones which centers around the mystery of a little missing girl right under the nose and eyes of her own mother near the forest which is and was popularly known for the cult who performed their rituals there located in a small town with some ugly secrets behind the unsolved murder case of a married couple, that has a strong similarity with the features of the little girl's disappearance. Synopsis: Some secrets are better left undiscovered.When a nine-year-old girl goes missing in Harwood Forest, the search for her brings back memories of an unsolved double murder some forty years earlier. Could the key to Erin Jackson’s disappearance lie in the bloody fate of Elijah and Joanna Ingham, bludgeoned to death while their young daughters slept? Were the Inghams really the victims of opportunistic burglars—or a more sinister fate?The woods are combed for signs of the child, but Erin’s brother, Jake, mounts his own investigation, uncovering evidence that puts the Inghams’ daughters—vanished Rachel and ‘crazy’ Mary—in the frame. Meanwhile, Erin’s father suspects that the ragtag army of eco-warriors besieging his quarry development may have something to hide.As devastating secrets and betrayals are revealed, the Jackson family is brought to a breaking point. But time is running out. Erin is still missing and Jake’s unorthodox inquiries have left him dangerously exposed. They must find Erin and lay the past to rest—before they become its latest victims.Erin goes missing right from the watchful eyes of her mother in a very small English town and soon a search is launched to find the missing girl in the dark forest that have been an epicenter for cult practices since the beginning of time. Whereas Erin's father is pretty sure that his daughter's abduction is a ploy by the environment supporters to stop him and his team from developing the forest quarry. And Erin's elder brother, Jack, launches his own investigation and finding starking similarities and links with the town's forgotten twin murders that took place forty years ago of a married couple left slaughtered in their own house while their daughters slept away in the adjacent rooms. Jack finds clues to his sister's abduction and the twin murders but that throws him on the harm's way and within no time, he finds the diary of the murdered couple's missing daughter that says a lot about the night of that murder. Before Jack comes to a conclusion, he must be careful to uncover some of the ugly secrets of his sleepy town. The book opens with an alluring epilogue about the abduction of the little girl and how her family is thrown on a downward spiral path to destruction. And the author has captured that trauma and the pressure of the kidnapping of the daughter among the mother and father and how their trust begins to fall apart, all these details have been strikingly portrayed into the story and the readers can actually feel the weight of this mystery burdening the souls of the couple. Also the story brings out the mentality of small town folks perfectly and flawlessly and i bet readers can easily contemplate with that part. The author's writing style is fluent with an equally sharp prose, laced well with emotional turbulence thereby reflecting a realistic feel to this thriller. The pacing is really fast, although the fast pacing did not work out well with the story line, as the story will feel often rushed by the readers at some moments especially near the climax. The narrative is not that polished and often confusing yet the emotional depth is strong and that makes it quite interesting and captivating enough for the readers to stay glued to the book. The mystery part comes undone in this book, even though this is a thriller book, yet it will feel more like reading a dark family drama. There are many layers to this tale yet the layers are not well concocted into the story line. Each and every twist is foreseeable hence the mystery loses it charm in that respect. But overall, the story line, the logic and the back story and everything else feels right and is in sync with the story's general flow. The characters are one thing that made this novel even more compelling for the readers to keep turning the pages of this book till the very end. The author has painted the key characters with many hues of dark shades that makes them look flawed and psychologically challenged still extremely likable. The main character, Jack is very much well developed, through his teenage issues, his insecurities and his determination to find his missing sister. Jack's investigation will make the readers not only fall for this unusual teenage boy but will also make them stick to the edge of this story. The rest of the supporting characters are well crafted out and are portrayed with enough realism. In a nutshell, this is an enjoyable and absorbing crime fiction that will provoke the thoughts of its readers.Verdict:Definitely a promising part thriller and part family drama. Courtesy:Thanks to the author, Ben Cheetham, for giving me an opportunity to read and review this book.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-03-08 09:36

    The Lost Ones instantly caught my eyes with its wonderful cover and I thought the description of the book sounded very exciting. And, luckily, the book proved to be a real gem. I had never read anything by Ben Cheetham before I read this book, but now I must add his name to the list of authors to keep an eye out for. The story is engrossing, a young girl goes missing, and since her father has a lot of enemies is there plenty of suspects. The town has once before been through an ordeal. Forty years before, Elijah and Joanna Ingham was brutally murdered in their house only their daughters survived. But, surely this murder of Elijah and Joanna Ingham couldn't have anything to do with the missing girl? The Lost Ones is intense and heartbreaking to read. Little Erin is missing, and her parents are desperate to have her back, but has someone taken her or is she just lost? As the hours pass the situation becomes more and more desperate and secrets are revealed. The book is very good and I must admit that I was a bit surprised by the ending. I liked how Cheetham really demonstrated throughout story how devastating this is for the family and the toll it takes on them. You know from the beginning that Erin's mom has a secret, but what is she hiding? The murder at the Ingham house forty years ago, and the legend that the place is haunted gave the story an extras feeling of darkness.I want to thank Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2019-02-22 08:36

    I'm a bit of a sucker for missing things, search until you find it.A book that has a missing person?Search until you find them dead or alive.Missing children? Hopefully alive and returned however, I'm a realist and some never make it home. I'm yet to see that ending in a book.The plot was quite tight, the quick chapters helped the reading.The "red herring" the author threw in fell flat, us readers are getting more clever, we knew who it was!So then it was just solving...why.From there on it sort of slumped my interest but was still good and I had to continue.I know I'm not making full sense but it was good. Just a few things I raised my eyes to the ceiling about.I would still recommend this. I'm even confusing myself I'll stop.Thank you to the author of course and publishers Thomas &Mercer via Net Galley for my copy.

  • Amy
    2019-02-22 10:35

    Full review on www.novelgossip.comAnytime I read a blurb that talks about a missing persons case I’m immediately interested. It never fails to grab my attention, and if the missing person is a child I’m even more intrigued. Maybe it’s because I’m a parent and I know I will be able to relate to the parents in the book or maybe it’s because I’m a bit weird, but the combination of a missing young girl that’s possibly tied to a cold case screamed READ ME NOW to me. The book begins on the morning of Erin Jackson’s disappearance. She’s out on a walk in the woods with her mom, Amanda and she just vanishes into thin air. As the small community unites to search for Erin, secrets and long buried betrayal begin to come to light. How in the world is the murder of a local couple in 1972 linked to her disappearance? What secret is Amanda hiding? And is this secret part of the reason Erin is gone? Tons of questions like this and more come up during the investigation.I’m smack dab in the middle of my rating scale here with this one, there were things that really worked for me, then there were other things that didn’t work at all. I liked the pacing and structure of this one. Each chapter is time stamped and the bulk is told over forty eight hours. As the book progresses, the chapters get shorter and snappier which was great as it really ramped up the tension. It had a bit of a domestic suspense vibe to it, and that’s been one of my favorite genres as of late. Not enough to categorize it that way, but enough that I felt the need to mention it. Besides the characters of the Jackson family which includes Amanda, her husband Tom, son Jake and Amanda’s parents Henry and Cathy, there was Seth. He’s a mysterious out of towner who inserts himself into the investigation and I was really curious about how he would fit into everything.What didn’t work so well for me? Well the mystery was just ok. I knew who the “bad guy” was, it felt rather obvious to me as Cheetham used a red herring that was just way too obvious to fall for. Another issue was that it was labeled as crime fiction and there wasn’t enough of the police officers perspective for me. In fact, there wasn’t anything from their POV at all. Yes, they were present in the story, but not really relevant and to me crime fiction always has a heavy presence of cops. Though I was pretty sure I knew how it would end, it played out slightly differently than I anticipated. Mostly because the ending reached a fever pitch rather quickly and things came off feeling very frantic and harried. It just didn’t sit well with me.I feel like this may be my most confusing review to date! I didn’t love or hate this one, it was just ok. As I said before smack dab in the middle and unfortunately one I don’t think I’ll remember after I finish writing this review. I will say I would definitely give this author another chance as his writing was solid and the overall concept and plot was decent, I just can’t give this one my endorsement.

  • Karen Whittard
    2019-03-18 06:31

    The lost onesInstantly gripping from the very first page. A literary page turner full of wonderful twist and turns and an ending you won't see coming. A MUST BUY MUST READ for all.I must admit that the cover and description had me from the first moment. But sometimes it builds it up to something it's not. Thankfully this is all it promises to be and more. This is my first book by Ben Cheetham but it certainly won't e my last. A nine year of girl had gone missing in Harwood forest. The town go looking for the child. But when your father has lots of enemies is it really that easy to track down the kidnapper? While looking for the child the investigation finds many clues that link to a crime that has happened before. Where Elijah and Joanna Ingham were brutally murdered in their own home. But their daughter survived the fact that was dealt to her parents. What is everyone hiding? We all have secrets right? But how bad a secret could it be to make someone harm your daughter? Is the case really linked to the mystery that surrounds the Ingham murders? All these questions and more will be answered in this book. If you like crime/thriller/suspense books this is definitely for you. Thank you to NetGalley, Ben Cheetham and Thomas and Mercer or the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Happy reading everyone

  • Nickie
    2019-03-08 12:37

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.It's a busy time of year with the holidays I think that's why I'm having a hard time getting into this book. I just haven't had the time to sit down to read and really get into it.***And I'm finally finished.I think Cheetham would have been better served to leave some of the underdeveloped plot twists/story lines out. He's a good writer but in an effort to sneak attack the reader with surprises, things were just lost and/underdeveloped. This book is like a nice leather purse that someone insisted on hanging too many gaudy baubles. It's completely functional and had lots of potential but too much is too much.With all that said I would probably try to read this author again. I didn't hate the book or the writing.

  • Katie B
    2019-02-22 07:58

    3.5 starsNine-year old Erin Jackson goes missing while on a walk with her mother in Harwood Forrest. Tom Jackson, Erin's father, has made a lot of enemies due to his involvement in a quarry project. Was Erin kidnapped or did she wander off by herself? Is is possible that the decades old unsolved murder of Elijah and Joanna Ingham will help provide clues to the whereabouts of this missing child?While this certainly is not the best mystery I have read, it definitely held my interest. Without spoiling the book, I'll say there were quite a few parts of the story which left me wondering how it was all going to come together at the end. That is what kept me reading. What I disliked about the book was characters continuing to make poor decisions. I realize when a child goes missing, emotions are high, but there were just too many instances of thoughtless behavior that it became frustrating as a reader. While there is a definite conclusion to the story it does seem to end rather abruptly. I received a free copy of the ebook in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinions.

  • Joyce
    2019-02-27 09:49

    3 and ½ starsThis was an adequate book. The writing was very good, but the characters were predictable, especially the men. They were all angry about one thing or another and wanting to punch each other out. Really? No cool heads at all? A nine-year old girl goes missing on a walk with her mother (who was on the phone to her “boyfriend”). Was she kidnapped? Did she wander off? Her fifteen-year old brother wants to go out and investigate. He sneaks out and actually finds more clues than the police do. Meanwhile, this whole other drama is going on with a double murder from decades earlier. Does this have something to do with Erin’s disappearance? And the eco-activists are an easy target. While Mr. Cheetham’s prose kept me interested in the book, the plot itself was ho hum. I’d like to read something else by this author.Thank you to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for granting me the opportunity to read this book.

  • Allyson
    2019-03-17 14:58

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest opinion.This book caught my attention because of the cover and the fact that it is listed as crime fiction. I thought it would be more of a police procedural book, but it was not. It was a good read and the story was good. I enjoyed that the pieces of the book were slowly revealed and it kept my interest and kept me reading, I had to know how it ended. I did question some of the motives and decisions of the characters, but overall and enjoyable book. I must say, the ending was shocking and I did not see the book turning out the way it did.I will look for more books by this author.

  • Glady
    2019-02-27 06:36

    The Lost Ones is an absolutely forgettable mystery with way too many coincidences and improbable "AHA!" moments for its characters. Normally I would have read a few chapters of this trite book and then moved on, but I was reading this while taking brief breaks from packing up a house. Honestly, I didn't have enough energy to select anything else. I'm not sure where or how I got this book on my Kindle, but I know it was a freebie.

  • Demelza
    2019-02-17 08:42

    I hope I never have the misfortune to meet a group of people as unpleasant as the characters in this book.The only thing they're good at is swearing, kids and all. Grandparents who treat their married daughter as though she is still a child even though she has children of her own and their son-in-law with contempt. I had a job finishing it and shan't read any more books by Ben Cheetham

  • Jean Creighton
    2019-02-26 12:47

    I received the kindle book through the giveaways.A child goes missing - and so begins the unfolding of many secrets and lies which will change a family forever.I really liked this author's writing style. It was descriptive, and felt very real. There were many times during this book that I could picture what I was reading, like bits of a movie replaying in my head.It didn't end the way I thought it would, but I was still satisfied with it.

  • Ms Rachel Bolsover
    2019-03-06 07:57

    Chillingly goodI chose the rating as this book had many twists and turned in it. I didn't want to put it down. All I can say without giving too much away is it's not who you think!?

  • Ms Rita Crawford
    2019-03-04 14:56

    The lost onesDoes the title refer to the lost answers?????? Disappointing ending so is there a sequel. Why leave the book or have I missed a chapter?????

  • Gina (My Precious Blog)
    2019-03-05 11:39

    A suspenseful read where a 9 year old girl's disapperarance sparks a search which unsurfaces questions about a murder happening decades ago. It involves a diary with clues and a creepy old house where the murders occurred. This book is unpredictable. But it also felt slightly unbelievable at the same time. I was shocked at one point, questioning, did I really just read that right? What bugged me was the abrupt ending. There is a whole lot going on in the last 10 percent of this book. It was racing to the end and then it just stopped.

  • Tony Parsons
    2019-02-28 12:00

    Middlebury. The police dispatcher got an urgent 999 call from Amanda Jackson (wife/mother, nee Brooks). Erin Jackson (9, daughter) was missing.Tom Jackson (husband/father) was going to speak at a city council meeting.Mr. Carl Wright (aka Greenie, eco-activist) went 1st. In Middlebury, the co. Tom worked for will extract 50,000 tons of sandstone a yr. Ton spoke of the declining economy in the area & how jobs would help the entire community’s progress.Constable Mike Foster was very concerned about the protestors.Later Constable Foster & Constable Hutton (f) spoke with Tom about his missing daughter.Sergeant Phil Dyer oversaw the search in/around the Harwood Forest area.Councilor Henry Brooks (husband/father/in-law) pleaded with the citizens to help find his granddaughter. Seth Wheeler, Holly, Jake Jackson (15, son/brother), & Cathy Brooks (wife/mother, grandmother, in-law) were helping with the search.Jake & Lauren were discussing & snooping around in the old abandoned/dilapidated farm that once belonged to Ingham family. Racheal Ingham & Mary Ingham (Crazy Mary) had survived that horrific night. Constable Hutton found Jake & Lauren, gave them a warning & a ride home. Northumberland. Seth gazed at the old/faded copy of the Middlebury Gazette.Flashback. 7/26/1972, Middlebury (Northumbrian). Elijah Ingham (38, husband/father), & Johanna Ingham (38, wife/mother), were brutally murdered while the 2 daughters: Racheal Ingham (12) & Mary Ingham (8) slept. At that time DI Still had no leads.Reverend William Douglas said Satanists (ghost hunters) had murdered them!German Shepard search dogs were now brought out to look for Erin.Down at the station what did DI Glenn Shields reveal to the very irate Tom? Will the Ingham family murderer ever be found out? Will Erin be get returned to her family? Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a fabulous very well written mystery book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great mystery movie, or mini TV series. On my 2016, top 25. A very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free Thomas & Mercer; Amazon Digital Services LLC. Book. Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  • Paul
    2019-02-18 11:01

    I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.2.45 stars (so you wouldn't mistake it for a book that could be rounded to 3, but not bad enough to be a 2)A utterly despicable man's young daughter goes missing the same day that his perilous and stressful business venture finally looks like it might get off the ground. Who could be responsible? Is it the environmental protestors who oppose his proposed sandstone quarry? Does it have something to do with his wife's former lover who won't get the message that it's over*, or the mysterious young man who's coincidentally visiting town at just the wrong time? Maybe, just maybe, it has something to do with the mysterious druids who are hanging around, the way his angst-ridden pseudo-goth rebellious teenage son think it might be? Or perhaps it somehow ties into a 40 year old unsolved double homicide that might ALSO be the work of Satanists, or some such nonesense? Or maybe...WHO CARES?This novel is overstuffed with so many underdeveloped potential scenarios to potentially explain a young girl's disappearance, while neglecting the idea of characters all together. The father is such an unbelievably dislikable caricature of a man that I found myself hoping everything would end badly for him, the son is painted in broad, angsty-and-horny strokes that make him impossible to relate to or sympathize with, and ALL of the female characters are... problematic. The women in Cheetham's book exist to be lusted after, to lead the men astray, to be plot devices, or as tokens in a variety of power struggles ("It was time for him to realize that she was a wife first and a daughter second"). Not one of them has a believable emotion, and all of them could be removed from the book without changing the overall plot with just a little editing.But for all that, the book is an entertaining, if not quite recommendable thriller. The plot plods along at a slow-but-steady clip through the first 2/3rds of the book, just fast enough to keep you reading (but wishing it would hurry the hell up) and the writing itself is solid, if not remarkable (there are some strange dialogue issues, but dialogue is hard, everyone knows that, and they're overlookable). The ending feels a little slapdash, but that's to be expected with all of the various threads of plot designed to keep the reader from guessing the ending (which I did anyway). It's a good-enough thriller that will get you through a flight from Dallas-Ft Worth to your final destination, or through an afternoon stuck on the couch with a cold (which was how I read it)*I'm going to argue that this isn't a spoiler, since it's revealed in the first few pages of the book. If you disagree and I've detracted from the novel in anyway, I sincerely apologize, and promise to buy you an ice cream.

  • Jolie
    2019-02-26 08:42

    Tom Jackson started off having a good day. He had won the approval of his village’s council to reopen an abandoned quarry near a historical site….over the objections of a group of eco-warriors and Druids that are objecting to them even reopening the quarry. Then he gets a phone call that is the beginning of the end. His 9-year-old daughter, Erin, has gone missing while on a walk in the woods with her mother, Amanda.While the whole town starts a search party and the local police start an investigation, Jake, Erin’s older brother, decides to go into an abandoned house where two people were brutally murdered over 40 years ago. After being attacked by a rook, killing it and rescuing its babies, Jake is drawn into an awful confrontation with his mother and father. That sends him running back to the house and what he finds there is something that can unravel the world as he knows it.Tom and Amanda, in the meanwhile, are having struggles of their own. When secrets come to light during the investigation, those secrets threaten to destroy their marriage and commitment to each other.Seth is a young man (I didn’t catch his age) who happens to be in town the same time that Erin disappears. He has his own agenda and wants to right a wrong that happened over 40 years ago. But he is caught up in the search for Erin and his agenda is taking a back seat to the search and rescue.Mary is the surviving daughter of the people who were brutally murdered over 40 years ago. Called “Crazy” Mary, she never talks, lives in a secluded bungalow with her cats and just acts weird. She knows who killed her parents but is rendered mute due to that trauma.Everything is tied together in an explosive ending!!!This book is very fast paced right from the get go. I mean, I scorched through 1/2 of the book within a day and the other half the next day. I absolutely had to find over everything I outlined above, the book had me that sucked into it.I did figure out who killed the Ingham’s about halfway through the book but even though I figured it out, I was surprised at why that person did it and how this person would go to cover their tracks.The multiple storylines in the book were wonderfully brought together at the end of the book. The ending was a bit of a shock….actually a huge shock. I wasn’t expecting what happened to happen.

  • Elaine Tomasso
    2019-02-17 12:53

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of The Lost Ones, a standalone novel about the disappearance of 9 year old Erin Jackson.It is a beautiful day and Amanda Jackson decides to go walking in the local woods with her daughter Erin. Her husband, Tom, is at a planning meeting to see if his application to re-open a quarry has been successful and her 15 year old son, Josh is doing what all teenagers do, having yet another duvet day. Amanda takes a call and wanders away from Erin. When she gets back 10 minutes later Erin is gone. The novel follows the hunt for Erin and the unraveling of family life as each member deals with the situation in their own way. Tom gets violent when dealing with his main suspects, the anti-quarry crusties, Amanda takes to the drink and gets nasty and Josh does his own investigating, centring on the old Ingham house which is supposedly haunted after the brutal slaying of two parents in the 70s while their children slept. I found this to be quite a slow read until the last 20% when things hotted up. There are multiple points of view, Tom, Amanda, Josh and the mysterious Seth whose role is not apparent until quite far into the novel. I understand that in a missing child novel the author must go for this approach to get across the full impact of such a terrible event but it makes it difficult to get totally immersed when the emphasis keeps changing. I found it, until the last 20%, an easy book to put down to do something else.I found it easier to identify with Amanda's reactions than Tom's. The need to blame someone else for the faults in their life, exacerbated by the loss of Erin, is not very nice but it is human. I do, however, feel very sorry for Tom. His resort to violence to find answers is the action of an inarticulate, helpless man with no answers but he doesn't deserve the verbal nastiness he gets from Amanda and her parents who, from the luxury of inherited wealth, look down on the man trying his best for his family. Yet, it is Tom who comes out of it all the better person than his privileged wife and in-laws.If you take the time to read to the end it is well worth it as the twists there are amazing, I didn't have a clue what was coming. As a result of the ending I have no hesitation in recommending this slice of domestic noir as a good read.

  • Mandy Laferriere
    2019-02-25 11:53

    Tom and Amanda Jackson don't have a perfect marriage, but they're excited about the financial opportunity Tom's company has to begin mining at at new quarry. They'll have to fight for it, though, because a group of environmental activists is opposing the quarry, and will do just about anything to stop the progress. One day, as Tom goes off to work on the project, Amanda and her young daughter go for a walk in the woods. In the few moments Amanda takes to make a phone call that she shouldn't have been making, Erin disappears.As the world searches for Erin, the Jackson's son, involved in his own angsty drama, decides to search for his sister in an abandoned old house. It's legendary in the town for being the site of a double homicide in the early 1970's. While searching, he uncovers a diary left behind by the young girl who lived there during the murders, so the narrative begins to switch between the modern day search, and the story of the murder of Rachel's parents. Two words: RED HERRINGS. I mean, this thing is full of them. Some are more successful than others, but if you like your books to be like a tennis match, this is your read. Back and forth, back and forth--there really was no end to the twists and turns. Unfortunately, some of them felt a bit forced, and the ending was rushed. The most successful part of the story was Rachel's diary and the backstory of the homicides. Rachel's character showed a depth that the others lacked. Overall, an engaging story, but with all the great thrillers that have been released lately, it's not really a standout.***Thanks so much to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to preview this book.***

  • Carol
    2019-03-14 12:59

    I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.I wanted to like this book more than I did. The characters were caricatures, thin and not well developed. None of them were sympathetic, in spite of the missing child. They were flat and cliched. I did want to find out what happened to the little girl, so I kept reading but by the time I got to the surprise ending, I didn't really care. It wasn't foreshadowed in a way that gave me that "Yes, all the pieces just clicked" feeling. I had no investment in any of the possible outcomes, and I didn't like any of the characters, so the surprise didn't mean much. It wasn't really believable anyway. Sociopaths don't hide that well. I'm giving it 3 stars because I did continue reading to the end just to find out what happened to the little girl. It's not a book I will remember though.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-13 10:37

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review. 'The Lost Ones' is a story about a young girl Erin, who goes missing when out for a walk with her mum, Amanda. Amanda receives a phone call when walking with Erin and walks away, when she finishes the call, Erin has disappeared. Amanda's husband and the rest of their family and the community join in the search to find Erin. I generally enjoy books where the main plot is about a missing person, but I was a bit disappointed with this one. First, the pros; the book was well written and the locations (particularly the woods, and the Inghams house) were well described and I felt I had a clear picture of all the main locations. Jake's character (Erin's teenage brother) was also very well written and I felt connected with him and his emotions over his missing sister. The cons; other than Jake, I didn't really like or feel anything for the other characters in the book. It wasn't that they weren't well described and it might have been the authors intention to not make them 'likeable' but it made me feel a bit disconnected with the book. There were also some small references to black magic which I wasn't particularly keen on. This was just a personal preference and just didn't add anything for me. Finally, I was a little bit disappointed with the ending. I don't want to add any spoilers but it just wasn't satisfying to me and the revelation of Erin's disappearance was a bit of a let down for me. A very descriptive book but overall just not really for me.

  • Mary
    2019-03-04 10:46

    When 9-year-old Erin Jackson goes missing during a walk through the forest with her mother, her father Tom immediately suspects it’s a revenge kidnapping by someone opposed to his plans for a quarry in their small town. Her mother Amanda is ravaged with guilt, because she was on her phone during the time Erin disappeared. Her older brother Jake is torn between joining the search and obeying his mother’s orders to remain at home. Amanda’s parents, Henry and Cathy, are quite influential in town, and are pulling strings to ensure that locating Erin is law enforcement’s top priority.There were some surprises in the story - a little murder, a touch of blackmail, and several helpings of betrayal – but the format seemed to make the storyline drag on. Chronicled in minute increments and following the key players’ points of view, I found it choppy and not easy to follow. Though I was surprised at the identity of the person who orchestrated everything, I figured out who it was about three-quarters of the way through the book. Overall, the premise was interesting, but the delivery system was lacking.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-22 14:47

    This is a complex murder mystery, which has a lot of twists and turns. In the early pages I thought it might be a bit predictable, however I was wrong.Is it a story about corporate greed?Is it a story about eco activists?Is it a story about devil worshippers?Is it a story about a dysfunctional family?Is it a story about questionable motives in local politics?In parts it is all of these. However there is also the mystery character called Seth. What's going on?Ben Cheetham has created an eclectic group of characters in this fast paced story. He seems to be the master of the red herring. This is the first book of his which I have read. I will certainly look out for future stories and I will also look for some of his earlier books.The ending certainly came as a surprise!My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Thomas & Mercer for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dleech
    2019-03-15 14:58

    I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. This is the second book I have read by this author.The story centres around a family whose 9 year old daughter goes missing during a walk with her mother in local woodlands. Many other storylines run alongside the main thread and are brought together towards the end of the book.The reader is drip fed the development of the story at a steady pace and enough to have kept me wanting to find out the end conclusion even if at times I did think where is this leading. The last 20% of the story accelerated and became a page turner. I warmed to the teenage son, Jake's character but was suspicious of all the others as to what secrets they were hiding. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will definitely read more of this author.

  • harplady
    2019-03-14 14:45

    Although "The Lost Ones" kept my interest enough to finish reading it, I was disappointed in the unrealistic actions of the characters. The parents of the missing child continually acted in ways that were not consistent with those in a panic over a missing child. It seemed the author made the parents fit his plot whether or not their actions were true to what would have happened in real life. The book just wasn't up to a good British police procedural, imho.

  • Sylvia
    2019-03-03 10:44

    Unfortunately, I found this book dragged on too much. It just didn't seem to go anywhere. A young girl goes missing from a tight community. Her father has lots of enemies as he is trying to develop the local quarry. Is it to do with that or is there a connection with the murder of two children years earlier. To be honest i don't know as I gave up half way through.

  • Sheila Cohen
    2019-03-14 08:52

    Nine year old Erin disappears while out with her mother. Her mother was on the phone with her ex-lover. Who has Erin? Does it have anything to do with her unfaithful mother or her father's contentious development project? Is it related to the killing of a local family that happened many years ago? Really good book.

  • Kt Paxton
    2019-02-23 12:57

    I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. This book was my first exposure to the author. The description had me hooked, and I loved the way each chapter unfolded. It felt like an episode of "24", and I could almost hear the clock ticking at the beginning of each chapter. A good read!

  • Kathleen Gray
    2019-03-03 08:01

    At root, this mystery is about family secrets and lies. It's a well done, snappy novel with good pace and a wide but well written cast of characters. Some of the twists aren't really all that twisty (no spoilers!) but I know I kept reading to see where it would go. I have not read Cheetham before so thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- I'm going to look for him in the future. Thumbs up!