Monday, September 12, 2016

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

One Was Lost
by Natalie D. Richards

My rating: 3.5 stars

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (October 4, 2016)
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
ISBN-10: 1492615749
ISBN-13: 978-1492615743
Genre: YA Suspense
Paperback: 320 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it's clear; they're being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…

 
One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

One Was Lost
Your senior year in high school, the last year cocooned in the relative safety of the halls of education. When it’s over, they say you are ready to go out and face whatever the world has to offer. Never were those words put to such a grueling test as the senior camping trip, when two teachers, and a handful of teens become the prey for a sadistic shadow in the night.
  
One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards is a dark and chilling tale of a school trip gone more than just bad. It is a twisted tale of misplaced trust, revenge, and how truly unprepared for the world teens are as they blame or suspect each other because of false impressions, petty high school personality clashes, prejudice and raw fear.

Left almost completely on their own, can they settle their differences long enough to stay alive? Can they learn to work together and trust each other? Who is after them and why have they been “branded” with one word on their arms? Why are they waiting so long to leave the woods?

Ms. Richards has pulled together an intriguing tale of horror, added teens that, for the most part prove they are far too emotionally immature to face life-threatening danger until it is almost too late. I found it hard to totally connect with the personalities of most of the teens, but I will say, the ones I did connect with were the ones who had the most compassion for others.

Condensed, this makes a perfect Halloween or camping campfire story that will make you listen for everything that goes bump in the night.

I received an ARC edition from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for my honest review.


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