Book Review: One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards


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…

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

One Was Lost is a young adult thriller that is full of suspense and has several twists. Sera and three of her classmates have been drugged and are being hunted. As more disturbing events occur, each person in their group comes under suspicion at some point. Somehow they need to work together to get out of the forest to safety.

Things are looking pretty desperate for Sera and her classmates. They have no supplies, one chaperone is unconscious and the other is missing, their phones have been destroyed, and they are sure that they’re being hunted but a psychopath. Natalie D. Richards does a great job of making the reader feel the pain and growing desperation of the group. 

The characters are typical high school seniors, each with their own issues. I did think Sera not wanting to date because her mother abandoned the family was a bit over the top but you never know how someone is going to react to something like that in reality. Her relationship with Lucas, one of the other classmates, is sweet, although he has more patience with her than most.

Anyone who likes suspense will like One Was Lost.


About the Author

6927030After years as a professional paper-pusher, NATALIE D. RICHARDS decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. She lives in Ohio with her husband, three children, and two dogs. This is her fourth novel. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at


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