One Was Lost ARC Review


One Was Lost

by Natalie D. Richards

Paperback, 320 pages

Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Sourcebooks Fire

3.5/5 books

I received an e-arc copy from the Publisher for an honest review


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…


Senior Year tends to be the best year of your High School life, unfortunately for Sera and her classmates that could be the farthest thing from the truth.

I had a feeling things were going to go from bad to worse when I started reading this, the story starts off with the camping trip being caught in a downpour, and the students trying to hike to a safe spot to wait out the storm. After the group is unexpectedly split up on opposite sides of the river, the setting is finally set to get the mind games underway.

The next morning after the class split up, with the group of 4 feel extremely groggy and confused, their things are destroyed, their teacher is not waking up, and worst of all they all have a word written on their wrists. Not sure what to make of the situation, the group goes through a range of emotions.

Throughout the story there are accusations made, paranoia is at a raised level, trust is on a major see-saw.

I get there needed to be a distraction at times, but I just didn’t feel that the brooding romance that was going on was really what was needed. Survival takes priority over romance.

I thought I knew who was responsible for all of this as I was reading the story, but I was wrong by the ending.

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