Review: The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

The Girl You Lost: A gripping psychological thriller - Kathryn Croft

Published by: Bookouture (5th February 2016)


ISBN: 9781910751701


Source: Netgalley


Rating: 5*



Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?


When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?



This is one of those psychological thrillers that you just can't put down. The story builds, as does the tension, with every chapter. I read it over the course of a night, compelled to keep turning the pages until the very end with no concept of the time that had passed.


Kathryn Croft's writing seems effortless; each sentence cleverly crafted to draw you ever deeper in to Simone's story. Simone herself is a great complex character who is utterly believable. When the mysterious Grace appeared in her life, I desperately wished that she was telling the truth, so Simone could start to rebuild her life.

I was very torn with regards to Grace. Whilst I wanted her to be the long lost Helena for Simone's sake,  I was also suspicious and doubted her story.


Grace's disappearance raises the tension even more; and as Simone's search became more frantic, so did the speed at which I turned the pages. I was totally hooked and couldn't wait to find out what the conclusion would be.


The Girl You Lost is a dramatic psychological thriller that is a brilliantly compelling page turner. I'd recommend it to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.


Special thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing a review copy in return for my honest review.