Atria, Aug 2003, 25.00, 384 pp.
After Cindy Carver divorced her philandering husband, her thirteen-year-old daughter chooses to live with her father. Seven years later, after her father remarries, Julia moves back home with he mother, her younger sister Heather, and her sibling's boyfriend Duncan. It is a big adjustment for all of them because Julia is so self-absorbed but Cindy is trying hard to make it work because she doesn't want Julia to leave her again.
On the day that Julia has an audition with a Hollywood director for a role in a movie, she has a fight with every person in the house. When Julia fails to come home, Cindy doesn't get worried because she believes her daughter is off somewhere pouting. As the hours turn in to days and then into weeks, Cindy is afraid that she will never see her daughter again because after an intensive investigation, the police don't have a clue as to what happened to Julia after she left the audition.
LOST is a character driven tale starring a woman who is living every mother's worst nightmare and is still able to take care of others in her time of great stress. Readers well admire her and hope that somehow a miracle will occur. Joy Fielding has written an extremely interesting book with an ending that will come as a surprise to any one who thinks they know what has occurred.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner