“Lost and Found” by Jeff LaFerney is a complex story spanning segments from 1939, 1945 and 2014. The prologue, set in the past, is thoroughly engaging and I must admit that I was reluctant to move into the present narrative after it.
What follows is a mystery (that involves the past) to be solved by a teenage boy. Blake has his own problems: school bullies and his grandfather’s dementia, which adds more layers to the story.
There’s a lot going on in this book. It is a fascinating story, an emotional and thoughtful read, well-constructed in its narrative and plot.
I received an ARC to give an honest review.
In 1939, a sole Jewish smuggler immigrates to America to preserve a heritage Hitler hoped to erase. In 1944, two spies enter the United States on a mission to track down one man and a treasure of missing Spanish gold. In 2014, the immigrant’s son, his mind deteriorating from dementia, disappears, but not before he leaves his grandson clues, thrusting him into a mystery seventy-five years in the making. Blake Nolan and his girlfriend set out to unravel clues that could not only set secrets from history right again but also lead to two priceless treasures. With his grandfather’s life in the balance and suspects hot on Blake’s trail, will what was lost be found in time?
Jeff LaFerney is currently a full-time language arts teacher where he lives in Davison, Michigan. After coaching basketball for most of his career, he decided to write books instead and took on his new hobby. Now he spends his free time reading, writing, and editing books. He and his beautiful wife have two young adult children. His Clay and Tanner Thomas series focuses on a father and son team who use parapsychological abilities to solve mysteries. Jumper is a time-travel science fiction adventure. Lost and Found is a mystery/treasure hunt. Jeff also has a blog called The Red Pen where he usually infuses humor to share about himself or to give inspiration or writing tips.http://jefflaferney.blogspot.com/