Book Review: Found

I remember attending a YA evening where Fleur Ferris spoke about Found. Her story alone about how she grew up and what she does apart from being a writing was so astounding that I had to purchase Found! I was so nervous when I met her, I barely uttered a few words while she signed my book. Wait to go, Raathi…

What happens when someone else’s past catches up with you?

Elizabeth Miller had lived in Deni her entire life. In a small rural town, Beth’s biggest problem is telling her protective and fiercely private father that she has a boyfriend.

But when her dad disappears before her and Jonah’s eyes, Beth discovers that he isn't who she thought he was. Her family’s secret past has caught up with them, and someone wants her dead.

Beth has been unwittingly prepared for this moment her entire life. Can she find a way out before they find her?

I haven’t read Ferris’ other books, but I really enjoyed this one. Ferris wrote well it to feature enough action yet emotion to call it young adult. The plot itself was something new for me as I haven’t come across a YA book where the parents were so involved. There are the typical ones where the dad is overprotective and his daughter is dating a boy, but this was a whole different level. This was a life and death situation and tested the instincts of the characters. I didn’t have much expectation coming into a book like this, but once the father (Bear) got kidnapped and Beth’s mother instantly knew what to do—then things started getting interesting.

But that's the thing with words. Once they're said, they are out there forever, fouling the air like a flooded spetic tank. - pg 106

Beth and her mom hide in a bunker while the boyfriend gets anxious and takes matters into his own hands. It so happens to be the day Beth wants to tell her dad about Jonah. Who wouldn’t be nervous? Especially when Jonah hears nothing from anyone. I love how brave the characters were. At times Jonah was a little spooked, but that’s natural, but these characters had their heads on straight!

I know what it's like to live with regret. It grows inside you like a disease, only it doesn't attack you, it attacks your soul. - pg 151

The longer Beth was dragged into her parents' mess, the quicker she realizes things and stuff begins to make sense. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it’s major! Yet when she finds out the big secret, it doesn’t distract her. Another thing about these characters I love. They don’t let their emotions get the better of them in tough situations! Rather, they face the opponent now and let their emotions sink in later. Which can I say, was heartbreaking because I didn’t think anyone would…

After the climax hits, and the THING happens, it slowly drags from there. I would like it if it were all wrapped up and done. Yet that’s when the characters' emotions come into play, so obviously they had to let it out somehow.

Sometimes crying can be suspended--a delicate meniscus held intact by silence. - pg 211

The ending where Beth visits her family seems rushed. I know it’s weeks later, but it made the major event/climax seem insignificant. It didn’t let that event register. Ferris could’ve left it at that, and it would’ve brought more justice. However, I liked this book a lot, so I’m happy to give it four out of five stars!

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Perth WA 6000, Australia