Sarah has no memories. She just knows she was found, near death, on a beach miles from her London home. Now she is part of a medical experiment to see whether her past can be retrieved.
But bad things seemed to have happened before she disappeared. The police are interested in her hidden memories too. A nice man she meets in the supermarket appears to have her best interests at heart. He seems to understand her – almost as if he knows her…
As she fights to regain her memories and her sense of self, it is clear that people are hiding things from her. Who are they protecting? Does Sarah really want the truth?
I’m finding that I’m right in the mood at the moment for slow burning literary drama so What Was Lost hit a lot of high points for me.
This is not so much a story of what happened and who was responsible but more a story of recovery from a major life changing incident. As such it is highly compelling, I found Sarah’s character voice to be very engaging- her childlike steps back into an adult world were extraordinarily intriguing and often unexpected.
That’s not to say there isn’t a mystery element – what happened to Sarah starts to form on the journey you take with her. Those around her differ on what’s best and the exploration of memory, how it works, how Sarah’s mind in particular works, I found to be genuinely fascinating.
Whilst I’m not sure how much dramatic licence v actual science comes into play, for me it was a clever and different take on the psychological thriller, written beautifully and plotted in a gentle, darkly realistic feeling manner and it was a fully immersive read that I loved.
Definitely recommended for those who like a slow burn with an emotive finish that whilst it doesn’t throw wild twists and turns at you, in its own way ends up being wonderfully surprising.