Monday, March 25, 2013

Review: Lindsey Lost by Suzanne Marie Phillips

Lindsey Lost The Bourne Identity meets I Am the Cheese in this taut thriller

Even though Micah’s a star pitcher, his older sister Lindsey is the real deal—a runner so good, she has a shot at the Olympics. The two of them urge each other on, and are each other’s best support. Then the unthinkable happens: Lindsey is murdered, and Micah may have been the last person to see her. But he can’t remember what happened, no matter what their parents tell him, no matter what the police say. Did he witness his sister’s murder—or commit it? Can he recall the truth before his life is sentenced to end, too?

My Review:

Lindsey Lost is a fascinating mystery that holds the reader's attention all the way through.  There are plenty of surprising twists that are unpredictable.


Micah is an interesting protagonist.  He clearly loves his older sister, Lindsey, and when she dies he is torn apart by her death.  He is barely able to hold together sometimes after her death.  He can't remember what happened when she died, even though he has been told that he was there.  He sometimes wonders if he could have been the killer, yet he can't picture himself killing Lindsey.  Micah is a good baseball player, but he may also have been doing some things to keep his grades up that would keep him out of his top college pick.  Micah also has a girlfriend, Vivian, and spending time with her after his sister's death really helps him.  She is a good girlfriend to him, and she never believes that Micah could have killed his sister.

The mystery aspect of this story is extremely well done.  Micah has all the answers to this mystery, but they are locked up inside his head.  His mind has blocked the trauma of witnessing Lindsey's death.  There are several suspects throughout the story, and it is interesting to see what their possible motives could be.  Something is revealed about Lindsey later in the story that gives some new possibilities for motives.

If you like YA mystery, read this book.


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