sevenstories’ CBR-III Review #38: What Was Lost by Catherine O’Flynn

What Was Lost is a strange book. It’s not very lengthy, it has characters
that range from quirky to unappealing and you are never quite sure where
Catherine O’Flynn is taking you next. These could very easily be criticisms of a
lesser book but in O’Flynns capable hands they are most definitely positives.
What Was Lost begins in the 1980s with the story of 10 year old Kate Meaney who
lives with her grandmother and spends her time conducting private investigations
around the local shopping centre.

What Was Lost is by turns sad, charming, exciting and creepy and O’Flynn manages
to create realistic, flawed characters who you nonetheless root for. It has
moments of real sadness as well as moments of loveliness. It is at the same time
fast paced and contemplative and I look forward to reading other novels by
Catherine O’Flynn.

The full review is on my blog:


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