Review: Lost and Found by Amy Shojai


Don’t worry, my book reviews have not gone to the dogs. The front cover of Amy Shojai’s debut thriller Lost and Found is a bit misleading, which is why I’m showing the back cover as well. While Shadow, the dog featured on the cover, plays a central role in the book, Macy the Maine Coon makes important contributions to solving the mystery, even if she was relegated to the back cover.

Amy Shojai is a certified pet behaviorist and award-winning author of more than 24 non-fiction pet books. I was intensely curious about her first foray into fiction.

From the publisher:

Animal behaviorist September Day has lost everything—husband murdered, career in ruins, confidence shot—and flees to Texas to recover. She’s forced out of hibernation when her nephew Steven and his autism service dog Shadow disappear in a freak blizzard. When her sister trusts a maverick researcher’s promise to help Steven, September has 24 hours to rescue them from a devastating medical experiment impacting millions of children, a deadly secret others will kill to protect. As September races the clock, the body count swells. Shadow does his good-dog duty but can’t protect his boy. Finally September and Shadow forge a stormy partnership to rescue the missing and stop the nightmare cure. But can they also find the lost parts of themselves?

Even though this description sounds pretty exciting, it doesn’t even begin to convey just how gripping this story is. Amy takes the reader on a masterful thrill ride of suspense that doesn’t let up until the very last pages.

September is an immensely likeable protagonist. All the second characters are well-developed and solid. But not surprisingly, the book’s animal characters are my favorites. The chapters that are narrated to show Shadow the dog’s point of view are reminiscent of books like Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose and showcase the author’s thorough knowledge of animals’ behavior and emotions. Macy the cat is all cat, and in an absolutely amazing plot twist, turns out to be the key to…. but you’ll just have to read the book to find out.

If you’re a fan of medical thrillers by the likes of Robin Cook or Michael Palmer, you will absolutely love this book.

Fair warning: don’t even start this book unless you have a good chunk of free time. I started to read this while intending to take a quick break in between household chores one weekend. The chores never got done that day – I couldn’t put the book down.

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I received an advance reading copy of this book from the author. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

16 Comments on Review: Lost and Found by Amy Shojai

  1. Mary Shafer
    September 23, 2012 at 12:36 am (9 years ago)

    Ingrid thanks so much for a REAL review and not just a basic re-telling of the story. I HATE when people do that — it’s always a spoiler. I’m about to start reading Lost and Found after having gotten completely caught up in the excerpt on Amy’s blog. I’ll make sure to clear my plate first so I can have a good, long bit to enjoy it!

    • Ingrid
      September 23, 2012 at 6:02 am (9 years ago)

      You’re in for a treat, Mary!

  2. Patricia Hubbard
    September 22, 2012 at 1:37 am (9 years ago)

    Amy – what a great review of your book! I know you’re beaming with pride! Once again thanks for the contest. I’m so happy my precious Macy name was selected. You are absolutely a divine writer with such God given talents in so many areas.

    • Ingrid
      September 22, 2012 at 5:56 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks for stopping by, Patricia – what fun to “meet” Macy’s mom!

    • Amy Shojai, CABC
      September 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm (9 years ago)

      Patricia, thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, I’m purring!

  3. Texas, a cat in New York
    September 21, 2012 at 9:36 pm (9 years ago)

    Sounds like another great book. Not sure I should let my human see it or I will have to sleep on the book to get her attention back!

    Thanks for the review!


  4. Caren Gittleman
    September 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm (9 years ago)

    I broke my rule about not reading reviews about book that I am going to be reviewing (we don’t have the book yet) but I read this and loved it and am eagerly anticipating reading it! BTW…the dog “Dakota” in the book was named after MY Dakota….I submitted his name in a contest that Amy had and her readers voted for Dakota’s name because it means “trusted friend” (which I had mentioned when I entered, that that was the reason that I chose his name)…soooo…her book has a special place in my heart for that reason as well.

    • Ingrid
      September 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm (9 years ago)

      I think that is so cool that one of the dogs in the book was named after Dakota, Caren! I actually knew that when I was reading the book, which made it even more fun!

      • Caren Gittleman
        September 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm (9 years ago)

        lol!!! I can’t wait to read it 🙂

    • Amy Shojai, CABC
      September 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Caren, I think that the book’s Dakota will live up to your expecations. *s*

  5. MaxtheQuiltCat
    September 21, 2012 at 10:38 am (9 years ago)

    Great review. Thanks for sharing the book.

    Have a great day.

    hugs, Max, Bugsy, and Knuckles

    • Ingrid
      September 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm (9 years ago)

      You have a great day, too, guys!

  6. Amy Shojai, CABC
    September 21, 2012 at 9:46 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, Ingrid, I’m so pleased you enjoyed the book. My Seren-kitty actually is a bit jealous that SHE isn’t the kitty model, but I did “channel” both her and my Magical-Dawg for insight into the animal characters in the story.

    I’m planning a sequel . . . purrr-haps Macy needs a larger role in that? *s* Thank you!

    • Ingrid
      September 21, 2012 at 10:05 am (9 years ago)

      My pleasure, Amy – and I can’t wait for the sequel! And I’m all for Macy having a larger role – and an appearance on the cover!

      • Amy Shojai, CABC
        September 21, 2012 at 10:39 am (9 years ago)

        *s* Sounds like a plan! Oh…may I share your review on GoodReads?

        • Ingrid
          September 21, 2012 at 11:22 am (9 years ago)

          Of course you may. I’ll post this on Amazon in the next few days, too.


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