Confession. Thrillers usually leave me cold. It is not a genre that I normally read. I haven’t a clue why that is the case, but it is. I avoid them like the plague. I might have avoided Lost and Found by Amy Shojai as well, had my dogs’ name (Dakota) not won the:
“Name That Dog” contest to help Amy find a name for some of the furry characters in her book. More than 85 names were suggested with close to 800 votes!
I’m glad that Dakota won.
Had he not, I might have missed this spine tingling book.
“Dakota” was chosen to represent the “heart-dog” that lead character September Day (yes that is her REAL name) refers to often throughout the book.
FROM THE PUBLISHER: Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything-husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot-and returns home with her trained Maine Coon cat Macy to Texas to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher’s promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect. As September races the clock, the body count swells. Shadow does his good-dog duty but can’t protect his boy. Finally September and Shadow forge a stormy partnership to rescue the missing and stop the nightmare cure. But can they also find the lost parts of themselves?
Trust me when I say that this book is OUTSTANDING.
The language; full of descriptive detail, gives the reader clear and frightening images of the villains. While reading I was wondering if September embodies many of the personality traits of Author Amy Shojai? I question this because I have yet to meet Amy in person, (but I am certain that one day I will!) but I have come to know Amy a bit through our mutual affiliation with the Cat Writers’ Association and through her blog. In her emails and her writing, her personality comes across to me as being confident, vibrant, uber-articulate, strong, determined, knowledgeable, tough-as-nails yet somewhat vulnerable with a sense of humor to beat the band. The more I read about September, the more I wondered how much of Amy is in this intriguing character?
Lost And Found for me, wasn’t a “quick-read.” The plot, details, dialogue and characters are well-crafted and intense. My heart was literally in my throat throughout much of the book. Lost And Found offers a lot to digest, it is the prime rib at an all-you-can-eat buffet, the side dishes are just filler, the meat leaves you feeling satiated. Upon finishing this deliciously intriguing and attention-engulfing thriller, you will feel as satisfied.
Has Amy Shojai converted this “thriller-phobic” blogger/book reviewer?
In the case of Lost And Found…my answer is a resounding. YES.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant, and the award-winning author of 24 bestselling pet books. She is the Puppies Guide at puppies.About.com, the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, and hosts a weekly half hour Internet Pet Peeves radio show. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101.
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