Friday, September 2, 2016

Book Review - The Lost Mother by Tracy Buchanan

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Review by Suze
 
When the Boxing Day tsunami hits Thailand Louise fears her mother is in trouble. As soon as she's able to go she starts looking for her. Because she doesn't know her exact whereabouts she is a bit lost at first. Fortunately there's a volunteer who's kind enough to help her. Soon she seems to be getting answers, but they only raise more questions.
 
Louise finds her mother's bag, but inside there's a possession of someone else. It's a creative, personal and artistic atlas filled with tokens and memories. The atlas belongs to a woman named Claire. Louise doesn't understand what the connection is between her mother and this unknown woman. Because Louise hopes to find out more about her mother's whereabouts she opens the atlas to look for clues. Inside she finds parts of a story, a troubled relationship with a lot of ups and downs and many secrets. Will she be able to find out what links this special book to her mother?

In The Lost Mother there are two stories. Louise is looking for her mother in the days after the devastating tsunami in Thailand. When she opens the atlas Claire's story begins. Claire is a journalist who travels the world. She's infertile and that is something she has to learn how to live with. I thought this tragedy was beautifully and honestly described and I'm sure that a lot of women who are in the same situation will find comfort in this. Claire's life is interesting and never boring. When she finally finds true love, there's still no easy happiness for her. She cares a lot about all the people around her, only she needs to learn how to make peace with herself and she has to find out who she is, which means she has some tough choices to make.
 
Louise is actually looking for the exact same thing as Claire, she wants to find herself. Even though they have this fact in common she's the opposite of Claire in many ways. Louise hardly ever travels and she's a stay-at-home mother with two children. She's living in her husband's shadow. Is that relationship really all that life has in store for her? I liked Louise very much and kept hoping her stay in Thailand would bring her courage and wisdom.
 
It's taking a while to find out what's happened to Claire and to Louise's mother and I loved every moment of it. I admire the way Tracy Buchanan crafted this beautiful story and works towards the ending by constantly giving away little, well dosed, bits of information. The Lost Mother is such an impressive read. It's a fantastic book with fascinating main characters, an intriguing mystery and plenty of amazing surprising elements.

16 comments:

  1. Three interesting personalities whose fate has become intertwined - great premise for a novel!

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  2. It is really good. The book has a different title in the UK, The Atlas of Us. I highly recommend it. I've read all of Tracy Buchanan's books actually, because I love the way she writes.

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  3. Incredible. This title looks... simply incredible, in an unassuming yet glorious way.

    This line jumped out and grabbed at me: "Claire's life is interesting and never boring."
    I wonder why this is, or rather-- how it came to be? How did, or does, a life become so meticulously crafted as to be never for a moment bland or unremarkable? And what might happen within that still, silent, and ~ordinary~ boring space? What's that defense; what's it behind it?

    Need to read this one. (And so I bookmark another... :p )

    ...Ah, and so you get to see a bit of my former-psychotherapist hat.
    Lovely review; thank you.
    --Ann

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  4. I have UK Paperback Edition,but haven't read yet,but I hope I will read very soon :)
    Lovely review Suze :_

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  5. Love the description! I love gripping, page-turning and emotionally powerful storis :)

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  6. I love when stories interweave in this way, sounds like a great read, I added it to my tbr! Great review!

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  7. It sounds like a gripping story and a change in genre for me. I fancy reading this book.

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  8. It sounds like a gripping story and a change in genre for me. I fancy reading this book.

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  9. Lost mother sounds like a good read and a good mystery. I enjoyed your review. Thank you

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  10. i love the description! it sounds like it would really pull you in. thanks for posting about this. I'm adding it to my long list of books to read

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  11. Sounds like a deep story... I love it already!! Thanks for sharing your opinion on The Lost Mother.

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  12. Sounds like a good read . Thanks for the review :)

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  13. I apologize, as this isn't much of a "full" comment. But I want to share that this title is currently on sale. (Or at least, I think so-- I didn't check my Wish List first, to see if there had been a Price Drop. I saw this in Amazon's Daily Deals, on my little Amazon Fire.) The e-book (U.S.) is currently 99 cents. I'm really new to e-books, and haven't warmed to them very well. I think I'll always prefer hard copies. That being said, I'm going to scoop this one up this evening.

    This marks my ~second~ book purchase based off of a WLFB review. (And I am VERY new to reading book-review blogs!)

    Thank you. Suze and Anniek, thank you thank you thank you.
    --Ann

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  14. I can't even begin to think the damage that tsunamis can cause!

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  15. This sounds like a very emotional read, great review!

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