One Was Lost
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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…
I love to read mysteries and thrillers. I also love to read survival stories. One Was Lost is both a mystery/thriller and a survival story, so I was pretty sure it would be right up my alley.
On one hand, this was a fast-paced, exciting read and I finished it in one day. I really enjoyed the survival aspect, reading about Sera and her classmates being stranded in the woods, and seeing how things became more dire as time went on.
On the other hand, the mystery behind who is hunting them was, to me, fairly obvious from the start. I also didn’t really connect to the characters, so I wasn’t emotionally invested in the story or what happened to them, although I wanted to be.
One Was Lost was a fun read at times, but I didn’t love it.