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The lost ones : a novel, Sheena Kamal

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The lost ones : a novel
Title
The lost ones
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a novel
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Sheena Kamal
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eng
Summary
It begins with a phone call that Nora Watts has dreaded for fifteen years--since the day she gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Bonnie has vanished. The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren't looking, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope
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Award
Macavity Award for Best First Mystery Novel, 2018.
Review
  • Life’s been rough for Nora Watts, a First Nations Vancouver resident who’s survived foster care, a brutal rape, and alcoholism. She struggles to get by, putting her street smarts to work as a research assistant to the only employer who will put up with her—a private-detective friend who’s also in recovery. Nora is not used to caring for anyone but her worn-out dog, but when she finds out that the daughter she gave up for adoption is missing from her troubled adoptive family, she’s unexpectedly torn. Things quickly turn dangerous as Nora fights corporate forces that want her missing-person mission to fail and that may even, she realizes, want her dead. The rainy PacificNorthwest is a fitting setting for this sometimes grim tale that also shows how determination and love can break through the grittiest facades. Actress and debut author Kamal has penned a believable survivor in Nora, a woman whose relentless struggles many readers will identify with. Give this to patrons who enjoy down-on-their-luck detectives, and mysteries by Tony Hillerman. -- Verma, Henrietta (Reviewed 5/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 17, p24)
  • DEBUT Nora Watts has a sketchy past. She's a recovering alcoholic working for a small Vancouver PI shop. When she gets a call from Everett Walsh about his missing daughter, she has no idea that the girl is hers, given up for adoption at birth, after Nora suffered a horrible assault and rape. Hesitant to open old wounds, Nora ultimately agrees to take the case and drops everything to search for her daughter. Aided by her AA sponsor, a former detective, Nora finds her search forces her to relive the hardest parts of her life; in the process, she learns painful lessons about love, trust, and resilience. And although she may not be the most likable central character, her strength and tenacity are truly admirable. VERDICT Offering an intriguing twist on the standard missing-person thriller, Kamal's debut is raw, violent, and thought provoking. An author to watch! [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/17.]—Susan Clifford Braun, Bainbridge Island, WA --Susan Clifford Braun (Reviewed 06/15/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 11, p77)
  • /* Starred Review */ A Vancouver woman with demons to spare is asked to find a teen runaway in Kamal's searing debut.When Nora Watts receives a 5 a.m. phone call from a man named Everett Walsh insisting that she might know something about a missing girl, his desperation is palpable. Nora, who "help[s] look for missing people for a living," reluctantly meets with Everett and his wife, Lynn, and finds out that their 15-year-old daughter, Bonnie, is missing, but because she's run away before, the police won't take it seriously. Nora is their last resort, they tell her, because she's Bonnie's biological mother—she'd given the girl up for adoption 15 years earlier. At first, Nora doesn't want anything to do with the case, but something pulls at her, and as she digs deeper, it threatens to pull her all the way under. Nora narrates her own story, and she doesn't care if you like her. In fact, she keeps everyone at arm's length, taking comfort only in her beloved dog, Whisper, stealing from those who show her kindness, and refusing help from the private investigator and journalist who employ her. Estranged from her younger sister and a former child of the foster care system, she used to seek solace in the bottle, and it always threatens right at the edge of her vision. Nora's Vancouver in winter is one of endless natural beauty, but dark currents run beneath it that highlight the harsh treatment of indigenous people, especially girls and women, and the ease with which they are swept away and forgotten. It's a bracing reality that underscores Nora's painful, violent past, and debut novelist Kamal uses her own background in community activism to great effect. As Nora searches for Bonnie, the trail of corruption leads her to a wealthy family with ties to mining, but what would they have to do with a missing girl? The truth is beyond terrifying, and if readers think they know where this is going, they'll likely be surprised. The brutal finale tests Nora to her very limits. Though comparisons to Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander are inevitable, Nora blazes her own shining trail. A gritty, violent read with a tough, idiosyncratic, dryly witty heroine readers will root for even if they wouldn't want to invite her home.(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2017)
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10567195
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GIP
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Kamal, Sheena
Index
no index present
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fiction
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True
Series statement
Nora Watts novels
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0001
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  • Women private investigators
  • Missing persons
  • Birthparents
  • Adoptees
  • FICTION / Psychological
  • FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
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The lost ones : a novel, Sheena Kamal
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Subtitle on dust jacket
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volume
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text
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1825059
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780062565907
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780062565907
  • (OCoLC)994045945
Label
The lost ones : a novel, Sheena Kamal
Publication
Note
Subtitle on dust jacket
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1825059
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
342 pages
Isbn
9780062565907
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780062565907
  • (OCoLC)994045945

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