"A taut suspense thriller"
As the older sibling thirteen-year-old Brad Denning knew he
was responsible for his kid brother nine-year-old tag along
Petey. However, his friends encouraged Brad to send Petey
home. So Brad told Petey to leave. The sobbing
preadolescent biked away. However, when Brad returned home
for supper he learns that Petey did not come home.
Frantically their parents called friends and the police,
but the skinny little kid never came home.
Nearing forty, Brad is married, has a son, and has a
successful architect career, but remains guilt stricken by
the sobbing of a LONG LOST nine year old. Desperate for
closure he appeals on TV for Petey to come home. In
Denver, a mangy looking construction worker calls Brad by
name insisting he is Petey. Though initially skeptical,
Brad begins to believe him because this guy knows insider
things about Brad and their parents. Brad takes Petey
home, where his wife and son warmly welcome him.
While camping, Petey shoves Brad off the edge of a cliff
before abducting his sister-in-law and nephew. Brad
survives and begins an odyssey to rescue his family from
the avenging serpent.
LONG LOST is a taut suspense thriller that hooks readers
from the very first line until the one sitting tale is
finished. Though Petey's revenge seems extreme, especially
the events he committed after he left his brother for dead,
the suspenseful plot thoroughly retains its grip on the
reader. David Morrell has furnished a powerful haunting
thriller with a frightening ending that just adds to the
depth of a hard to forget novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 28, 2002