ARC Review: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards


Release Date: October 4, 2016


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…


3.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Sourcebooks Fire 

One Was Lost is a spine-tingling thriller that will have you on the edge, fumbling to discover the killer just as quickly and desperately as these terrified teens. 

One Was Lost is chaotic and packed with suspense. The power of suggestion is strong; There’s just enough there to get you to fill in the blanks and the picture, when it comes together is grotesque and oh-so-bleak. Some scenes are blunt and graphic, others are powered by mystery and creepy clues that will have your heart beating straight out of your chest. 

The twist is hardcore. Never saw that coming. And the reasoning behind everything-just insanity. The clues are subtle and sinister. Get ready to be on edge. 

Some sections were a little slow and may make you want to skim until the next big thing.

Each character is developed, they all have their own back stories that will send up red flags and leave you guessing if anything has extra meaning.

As a main character, Sera  is a little lacking. She’s so consumed with this deep fear and sense of loathing whenever it comes to anything relating to her mother. She’s terrified of becoming a lovesick, free spirit and whenever she starts to give into her feelings, she pushes then far, far away. Between this weighing on her and this blown out of proportion thing with Lucas, she seems a tad too dramatic. On top of that, her choices are suspect. A little too B movie. 

The tension is high. Everyone is a suspect. No one can be trusted. The paranoia grows fast and everyone is on alert. It’s amazing how the smallest things can turn so dark, and so creepy so fast. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

Stay in suspense,



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