One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.

Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.

Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.

Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…
Hey guys! This week’s ~Halloween Spooktacular~ review actually comes to you in podcast form, since Ollie and I talked about it over at Papercuts for two goddamn hours! So check it out for your in-depth info.

For the tl;dl –

The Neg

  • There blurb is a lie
  • There’s a secret goddamn prominent romance subplot that it completely avoids mentioning
  • The love interest is a douche
  • The heroine heaps a lot of troublesome rape-culture-inspired guilt on herself, and it’s not actively challenged
  • The way the romance is framed made it seem like not wanting a romance is a character flaw that needs to be overcome
  • Basically the romance sucks and it’s ALL OVER THIS BOOK
  • All of the things that make the blurb sound interesting are basically red herrings
  • No really, both the words and dolls are completely irrelevant
  • The murderer is lazy af and totally uncommitted to their own gimmick
  • You’d be ashamed to be serial murdered by them
  • I cannot emphasize enough how little all of the gimmicky trappings pay off
  • It’s really disappointing
  • This is not a tightly-written thriller
  • It’s really very loose and casual with its own premise
  • The part of the plot that had to have been “elaborately” set-up could not possibly have been set-up by the murderer
  • They had no power over like anything that helped the plot move along in their favor
  • The side characters felt underdeveloped, and had hinted-at subplots that went nowhere
  • It felt like there were a lot of deleted scenes, tbh
  • The murderer was a gross ~lol crazy~ caricature
  • It wasn’t scary

The Like

  • Uhhhh, the love interest asked the heroine’s permission to kiss her? That was nice.
  • The heroine had some real baggage, and I didn’t like that it was romance-centered, but I appreciated that it was there
So yeah, two stars. Had such promise, didn’t live up.

Two Stars


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