Lost by Leona Deakin

Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for Lost by Leona Deakin.

I’ve been looking forward to this ever since this mysterious postcard came through my door…

Synopsis

HOW CAN YOU SOLVE A CRIME IF YOU CAN’T REMEMBER THE CLUES?

In the second compelling thriller from Leona Deakin, Dr Bloom returns to solve another mystery. But how can she solve the crime when the victim can’t remember anything?

There is an explosion at a military ball. The casualties are rushed to hospital in eight ambulances, but only seven vehicles arrive. Captain Harry Peterson is missing.

His girlfriend calls upon her old friend Dr Augusta Bloom, who rushes to support the investigation. But no one can work out what connects the bomb and the disappearance. When Harry is eventually discovered three days later, they hope he holds the answers to their questions.

But he can’t remember a single thing.

Lost by Leona Deakin

My thoughts

I reviewed Leona’s debut novel Gone at the end of 2019. I loved it. In fact I said ‘Exciting, fast-paced and with an very engaging detective team this is definitely a series to watch.  I can’t wait to read more.‘ So I was thrilled to be invited to take part in the blog tour for book 2. And oh my, I haven’t been disappointed at all.

The Private Investigating duo Bloom and Jameson are back and still licking their wounds after the explosive end to the events in Gone. They have needed some time apart and both are unsure if they’ll ever be able to work together again, but then an old friend of Dr Bloom gets in touch when she discovers that her boyfriend has disappeared. Captain Harry Peterson is rushed away from the scene of a terrorist bombing but never arrives at the hospital. Bloom knows she needs Jameson’s military expertise with this one and so the pair are thrown back together again.

Peterson turns up three days after the bombing but with substantially more injuries and without any memory of the past four years of his life. Someone out there desperately wants him to forget something but there is also someone out there who wants that missing information and they’ll stop at nothing to get it.

Oooh this is a brilliant rollercoaster of a story. It was great to return back to Bloom and Jameson. They’re a great duo and I hope their relationship survives these events too! Leona certainly pushes them to their limits in Lost and there are times when you’re not sure how they’re going to get themselves out of the trouble they land themselves in. At the heart of it they are trying to save the life of Captain Peterson but ultimately they (and indeed he) don’t know the secrets now missing from his mind and just how deadly those secrets could be.

An absolute corker! If you haven’t read Gone yet I would definitely recommend it as a blast from that past pops up again in Lost, and also just because they are both quite simply brilliantly thrilling and entertaining.

Thanks so much to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in this blog tour and to the lovely people at Transworld for providing me with a ARC to review. It was an absolute thrill to return to Bloom and Jameson again! Can’t wait for book 3 now!

Lost is available now in ebook and will be published in paperback in October.

About the author

Leona Deakin

Leona draws inspiration for her writing from her own experiences
having started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire
Police and her successful work in psychology since. Leona was part of
a team responsible for designing methods of selection for recruiting
and promoting officers from PC to Chief Superintendent. Her role was
to create realistic policing scenarios – from personnel issues to large
scale incidents (plane crash, terrorist bomb etc) – that could be used
to test leadership skills. To do this she spent a great deal of time
interviewing and observing officers at various ranks and reviewing
cases. This gave Leona an insight into the police culture that helps her
to write authentic character interactions in her novels. Leona is now
an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds.

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