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A haunting thriller about one woman’s journey into the painful truths threatening to destroy her. When Tara Peary’s twin sister Sophie goes missing, Tara dives into New York’s underbelly to find her. Sophie is the one person who’s ever truly understood her, and Tara knows her sister isn’t the only one who needs help. Tara is also on the run emotionally from her complicated c A haunting thriller about one woman’s journey into the painful truths threatening to destroy her. When Tara Peary’s twin sister Sophie goes missing, Tara dives into New York’s underbelly to find her. Sophie is the one person who’s ever truly understood her, and Tara knows her sister isn’t the only one who needs help. Tara is also on the run emotionally from her complicated childhood. Her memories are threatening to overwhelm her emotions and derail the hunt for Sophie. A psychotherapist keeps her afloat, but when Tara begins dating her therapist’s young tech-millionaire neighbor, she risks losing the only lifelines she has left. The more Tara uncovers about her sister’s disappearance and the dark side of the rich elite, the less certain of the truth she becomes. As Tara reaches the center of the mystery, spanning from her childhood home in Georgia to a Southern California beach, she has to decide whether the truth is a price she’s willing to pay.


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A haunting thriller about one woman’s journey into the painful truths threatening to destroy her. When Tara Peary’s twin sister Sophie goes missing, Tara dives into New York’s underbelly to find her. Sophie is the one person who’s ever truly understood her, and Tara knows her sister isn’t the only one who needs help. Tara is also on the run emotionally from her complicated c A haunting thriller about one woman’s journey into the painful truths threatening to destroy her. When Tara Peary’s twin sister Sophie goes missing, Tara dives into New York’s underbelly to find her. Sophie is the one person who’s ever truly understood her, and Tara knows her sister isn’t the only one who needs help. Tara is also on the run emotionally from her complicated childhood. Her memories are threatening to overwhelm her emotions and derail the hunt for Sophie. A psychotherapist keeps her afloat, but when Tara begins dating her therapist’s young tech-millionaire neighbor, she risks losing the only lifelines she has left. The more Tara uncovers about her sister’s disappearance and the dark side of the rich elite, the less certain of the truth she becomes. As Tara reaches the center of the mystery, spanning from her childhood home in Georgia to a Southern California beach, she has to decide whether the truth is a price she’s willing to pay.

30 review for Until We Are Lost

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ceecee

    Tara is in therapy with Dr Christie Lind following a series of traumatic events which occur to her family which led to memory loss for six months. She’s searching for twin Sophie who vanishes two years ago. Tara is working for Seventh Haven, a charity which helps troubled teens. I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot in the book as it will spoil the element of shock and surprise of going in blind! The story is told by Tara and Sophie. Well, this is certainly sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Tara is in therapy with Dr Christie Lind following a series of traumatic events which occur to her family which led to memory loss for six months. She’s searching for twin Sophie who vanishes two years ago. Tara is working for Seventh Haven, a charity which helps troubled teens. I don’t want to reveal too much about the plot in the book as it will spoil the element of shock and surprise of going in blind! The story is told by Tara and Sophie. Well, this is certainly sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. The first two thirds of the book are terrific, both girls stories are absolutely fascinating and as the truth dawns on you it’s an excellent plot concept and contains many intriguing twists. Tara’s story is very interesting and we get a massive internal dialogue with plenty of turmoil especially as more of her parents back story is revealed making the storyline darker and darker. All I’ll say about her parents is that their story is very different which I like. This is a story of guilt, lies, buried secrets, a truly dysfunctional family and abuse. Sophie’s story is particularly dark, the things that happen to her while she’s in la-la land are mesmerising and horribly fascinating as she is in dangerous territory which comes back to haunt her. They both get used and enter frighteningly murky worlds. The two stories work well, the writing flows and it’s gripping as you hang in every word. There’s suspense, tension and mystery to ponder on. However, I find the last part of the book very different to the first three parts. It’s much more disjointed, the author has built up this huge plot and I find the conclusion to be a bit messy and somewhat unsatisfactory, leaving loose ends rather than tying them up. Overall though this is well worth reading as it’s a really good premise and an intriguing read. With thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    What a twisty, disturbing, thrilling ride from the author of “Girl at the border”. Sometimes your own mind wants to block your dark memories about the past to protect you from failing your bright future plans. Especially that’s the way how Tara’s mind works to survive after her traumatized childhood times. Sophie is her twin sister who she can truly trust, the dominant, fiery, sexy, protective, caring one as Tara is more introverted, shy girl who struggles to find her place in the earth because What a twisty, disturbing, thrilling ride from the author of “Girl at the border”. Sometimes your own mind wants to block your dark memories about the past to protect you from failing your bright future plans. Especially that’s the way how Tara’s mind works to survive after her traumatized childhood times. Sophie is her twin sister who she can truly trust, the dominant, fiery, sexy, protective, caring one as Tara is more introverted, shy girl who struggles to find her place in the earth because of her parents’ abusive tendencies. Now Sophie is missing and it’s the exact time for Tara wear her big girl pants to look for her sister at the most dangerous, dark, scary parts of NY. She is ready to face the dangerous world outside to bring her sister back. But could she also face with her blocked memories about her past to see what kind of damage her own parents have done to her? After working with a psychiatrist she can lean on and seeing a man she can form true feelings, she feels like she’s building a safe and concrete life in NY. But after an unfortunate incident at the party she attends, the darkness comes over, bringing out more dark memories which have been locked at her memory lane. Overall: even though the storyline’s direction is so foreseeable and twists are predictable, it’s fast, intriguing, well-written psychological thriller. It picks your interest from the begging and you don’t want to put down till it ends. Some pages would have been emitted. But it is still fast pacing, capturing, moving. Special thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for sharing this riveting ARC with me in exchange my honest opinions. instagram facebook twitter

  3. 5 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: I don’t seem to work and play well with others. Stupidity gets on my nerves. Seasons change, but not in Hollywood. It’s as if time didn’t move on there, and all the plastic surgery was a desperate attempt to make sure it remained that way. Maybe to distinguish herself from other evangelists, she made exorcisms her specialty… Whether the exorcisms worked, I couldn’t say. But they did appear to, which, in religion, is the same thing. I am like nested Russian dolls, she thinks, each pa Favorite Quotes: I don’t seem to work and play well with others. Stupidity gets on my nerves. Seasons change, but not in Hollywood. It’s as if time didn’t move on there, and all the plastic surgery was a desperate attempt to make sure it remained that way. Maybe to distinguish herself from other evangelists, she made exorcisms her specialty… Whether the exorcisms worked, I couldn’t say. But they did appear to, which, in religion, is the same thing. I am like nested Russian dolls, she thinks, each part of me inside the other, going deeper and deeper, darker and darker. Tara shivers then, and she knows the meaning of someone walking on her grave. My Review: This was an intense and challenging read, which was evidenced in the fact that it took me three times longer to read it than any other book of the same length as I needed to periodically put my Kindle down and seek out a pleasant distraction. The storylines were throbbing with tension, angst, conflict, and inner turmoil; yet written with incredible insight and painful awareness. I was intrigued and repelled Tara’s disturbing family history as her parents were odious. Her zealot mother was the worst type of loathsome hypocrite; I despised her before I even knew the half of it. All the characters, even the secondary ones, were complicated, dark, and deeply twisted, yet so compellingly written they viciously stabbing at my curiosity. Very few were even likable beings with the dog Hickory being the only one that truly was, and he didn’t fare so well. I learned two new words and phrases used by Tara’s evangelical faith healer mother to describe myself, I am “resolutely apostate” and apparently have a “Jezebel spirit.” Amen!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    📚 Hello Book Friends! UNTIL WE ARE LOST by Leslie Archer was a surprisingly good read. I actually could not put it down. It was strange and fascinating. The book deals with many difficult subjects such as child abuse, prostitution, murder, and the darkness of the mind. The story is twisted, sexy, and thrilling. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. This is a fantastic psychological thriller. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #do 📚 Hello Book Friends! UNTIL WE ARE LOST by Leslie Archer was a surprisingly good read. I actually could not put it down. It was strange and fascinating. The book deals with many difficult subjects such as child abuse, prostitution, murder, and the darkness of the mind. The story is twisted, sexy, and thrilling. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. This is a fantastic psychological thriller. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #untilwearelost #lesliearcher #bookreview

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline | howdidthatbookend

    Read my full review here: https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/unt... Until We Are Lost is a disturbing, suspenseful novel about the lengths the mind will go to in order to protect itself from traumatic memories. There are some significant trigger warnings that should be mentioned, but they are also minor spoilers so I will list them below the rest of the review for those that need them. Tara and Sophie as characters were brilliantly developed. I really enjoyed watching Tara’s growth and acceptance Read my full review here: https://www.howdidthatbookend.com/unt... Until We Are Lost is a disturbing, suspenseful novel about the lengths the mind will go to in order to protect itself from traumatic memories. There are some significant trigger warnings that should be mentioned, but they are also minor spoilers so I will list them below the rest of the review for those that need them. Tara and Sophie as characters were brilliantly developed. I really enjoyed watching Tara’s growth and acceptance of her past. I will say that there wasn’t much depth to any of the secondary characters, other than Tara’s parents. As I read, I was eager to learn what happened in Tara’s childhood to cause her to forget large chunks of her past. I loved the first few parts of the book, from both Tara and Sophie’s perspectives. The story was entertaining, the plot was enthralling, and the pages turned quickly. I was especially interested in Sophie’s time in LA, where she fell in with a high-flying crowd that most people don’t see the inner workings of. I really enjoyed Leslie Archer’s writing style. She did a great job of revealing the story layer by layer. The reader always knows more is happening than what they have read so far, and wants to read more to figure out the truth. Story aside, I don’t quite like the book blurb. It only covers the first couple chapters of the book, and then you find out the “twist”. The rest of the book is really more of an exploration of Tara’s character and the memories she is running from. I didn’t really feel like there was much of a mystery to the book. I thought I was missing something, because there didn’t really seem to be anything else to “figure out” besides waiting for the author to tell you about the trauma that happened in Tara’s childhood. If you’re expecting a story like The Missing Sister, this book is not similar at all. Until We Are Lost will be available on February 2, 2021. Pre-order it here. Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Trigger warnings: Child abuse and molestation, rape, drug abuse, and animal cruelty.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie

    When the story begins, I was not exactly sure what is going. We have a young woman Tara deeply troubled and traumatized by her past. But though she is seeing a therapist whom she trusts, she doesn't trust her enough yet to reveal the secrets she's hiding. The opening scene Tara tells her therapist Dr. Lind that about a year ago somebody killed her dog, then a few weeks later her mother died, and not long after that her father died in a house fire. And her sister Sophie disappeared; she hasn't se When the story begins, I was not exactly sure what is going. We have a young woman Tara deeply troubled and traumatized by her past. But though she is seeing a therapist whom she trusts, she doesn't trust her enough yet to reveal the secrets she's hiding. The opening scene Tara tells her therapist Dr. Lind that about a year ago somebody killed her dog, then a few weeks later her mother died, and not long after that her father died in a house fire. And her sister Sophie disappeared; she hasn't seen her since then. Tara says she thought her dog being shot was an omen. This is complicated story we know Tara is hiding something, but we don't know what. She certainly had a horrible childhood, but what does she deal with now. I like that each section begins with a famous quote. One of my favorites is the quote from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and each quote fits in well with the plot. This novel to me was like an onion, it has many layers and only as we learn more Tara do we find out the secrets. The title too seems appropriate for the story. Thank you to the author, Net Galley, and the publisher for allowing me to read this book as an early read. Check out it for an intriguing and entertaining read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Disturbing, Dark, (Mostly) Delicious Drama. Ok, I gotta put this up front: This book has both rape *and* child molestation "on screen". It works within the story being told, but if you can't handle those two issues for whatever reason, this book isn't for you. Those two things - both fairly deep in the book, with the child molestation around the 75% mark - aside, this was truly a solid, if dark, twisted drama that presents as one thing and then winds up with something completely different. One of Disturbing, Dark, (Mostly) Delicious Drama. Ok, I gotta put this up front: This book has both rape *and* child molestation "on screen". It works within the story being told, but if you can't handle those two issues for whatever reason, this book isn't for you. Those two things - both fairly deep in the book, with the child molestation around the 75% mark - aside, this was truly a solid, if dark, twisted drama that presents as one thing and then winds up with something completely different. One of the darkest books I've read in the past few years, but again, within the story being told, the darkness works well. If you're looking for a light and fluffy beach read... this ain't it. If you're looking for more of a "snowed in, want something that can absolutely consume me for a while" read (ala a deep winter read, when this book will be releasing in Feb 2021)... this is near perfect for that. Overall an excellent tale, with the caveats noted at the top of this review. Very much recommended.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    A riveting thriller. I really enjoyed it. It begins with Sophie disappearing and her twin, Tara, desperately determines to find her. She searches through some of the worst, dangerous, parts in New York City. Tara, it seems, really needs her sister, Sophie, who is the only one who understands the terrible childhood they both survived. Tara finds herself only able to cope with the help of her psychotherapist. Although some people might guess where the storyline goes, I'll admit that I did, it is e A riveting thriller. I really enjoyed it. It begins with Sophie disappearing and her twin, Tara, desperately determines to find her. She searches through some of the worst, dangerous, parts in New York City. Tara, it seems, really needs her sister, Sophie, who is the only one who understands the terrible childhood they both survived. Tara finds herself only able to cope with the help of her psychotherapist. Although some people might guess where the storyline goes, I'll admit that I did, it is engaging and enjoyable. I definitely recommend this book. I would like to thank Leslie Archer, the Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kassandra Robbins

    Thank you #netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC of Until We Are Lost by Leslie Archer. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 I wanted to switch up genres and try something new this time. This was definitely a change from my previous book choices. It had me engaged, shocked, appalled, etc. Going into the book I thought it was just going to be a thriller/mystery. I thought we were just going to be figuring out what happened to the main character's sister. There was so much more to it then that. This book does have tri Thank you #netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for this ARC of Until We Are Lost by Leslie Archer. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 I wanted to switch up genres and try something new this time. This was definitely a change from my previous book choices. It had me engaged, shocked, appalled, etc. Going into the book I thought it was just going to be a thriller/mystery. I thought we were just going to be figuring out what happened to the main character's sister. There was so much more to it then that. This book does have triggering content so read with caution. To me reading it was like not being able to take your eyes away from a train wreck. Not that the book itself was a train wreck but the unsettling story of Tara's life.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doris Wiggins

    Tara and Sophie are twins. There to help each other. Sophie the dark, sexy , siren. Tara, silent, scared needing g Sophie's strength. As Tara goes in search of her sister, she is bound to encounter darkness and danger. After all that is the world that Sophie tends to immerse herself in. She is not ready to encounter the darkness that was her childhood from the age of five. Each of her parents willing to use her in their own consciousness. The abuse at the hand of her parents and had a lasting in Tara and Sophie are twins. There to help each other. Sophie the dark, sexy , siren. Tara, silent, scared needing g Sophie's strength. As Tara goes in search of her sister, she is bound to encounter darkness and danger. After all that is the world that Sophie tends to immerse herself in. She is not ready to encounter the darkness that was her childhood from the age of five. Each of her parents willing to use her in their own consciousness. The abuse at the hand of her parents and had a lasting influence in her life. One that is so maliscous as to make her mind unable to believe. A twisted psychological thriller that is sure to blow your mind!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara Oxton

    Until We Are Lost by Leslie Archer a dark and devious five-star read. This wont be for everyone as some of the subject matter is not pleasant but it is an integral part of the story and adds to the drama, so if you can accept that then this will grip you. This was so gripping that I was waiting for the other show to drop even when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it, what will happen next and I was consumed by the sisters and their story. It is one that you have to read and take in, you ca Until We Are Lost by Leslie Archer a dark and devious five-star read. This wont be for everyone as some of the subject matter is not pleasant but it is an integral part of the story and adds to the drama, so if you can accept that then this will grip you. This was so gripping that I was waiting for the other show to drop even when I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it, what will happen next and I was consumed by the sisters and their story. It is one that you have to read and take in, you cant skim it as you would miss so much, there are twists in the time line and sub plots that will keep you guessing, this is a great story and one that many would be sad to miss.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Johnna Whetstone

    Wow! This was a deliciously dark and disturbing read, which really had me in a choke hold for the entire thing! The writing was phenomenal, the characters developed flawlessly! It was dark, disturbing, and even a bit demented; which I absolutely love! Unputdownable with so many thrills, chills, twists & turns, and gasp worthy shocks! If you’re like me and love those dark, demented reads, here’s your book! Highly, highly recommend, but have to say don’t start before bedtime, especially if you’re Wow! This was a deliciously dark and disturbing read, which really had me in a choke hold for the entire thing! The writing was phenomenal, the characters developed flawlessly! It was dark, disturbing, and even a bit demented; which I absolutely love! Unputdownable with so many thrills, chills, twists & turns, and gasp worthy shocks! If you’re like me and love those dark, demented reads, here’s your book! Highly, highly recommend, but have to say don’t start before bedtime, especially if you’re tired, as you won’t be getting any sleep! In fact, just clear the schedule! Will buzz around platforms and use lower amazon reviewer number on release date!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    Tara Pearys twin sister Sophie has disappeared. The twins had a bad childhood and Sophie is the only one that understands their childhood. The search for Sophis leads Tara into some of the most dangerous places in New York City. This is a psychological thriller that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go. It also has quite a few twists. Thank you to net galley for a copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Resa

    *I received a galley of this book for review purposes* ​Tara has lost both her twin sister, Sophie, and six months of her life. Her search for answers leads her down the rabbit hole of her own mind, back into memories of childhood trauma and onward into the world Sophie found for herself—full of dangerous men and an unsettling proposition.  Based on the description I expected a very different book from the one I actually read. Rather than a twisty missing person suspense, Until We Are Lost revolve *I received a galley of this book for review purposes* ​Tara has lost both her twin sister, Sophie, and six months of her life. Her search for answers leads her down the rabbit hole of her own mind, back into memories of childhood trauma and onward into the world Sophie found for herself—full of dangerous men and an unsettling proposition.  Based on the description I expected a very different book from the one I actually read. Rather than a twisty missing person suspense, Until We Are Lost revolves around the long-lasting aftermath of childhood trauma and abuse. There is an occasional twist, but the force of this plot revolves around Tara, Sophie, and the childhood they share. Given this focus, I would have loved to see Archer develop Tara and Sophie's childhood in much more detail than is done. The threads of their childhood story end up as loose ends as the story wraps up and I was left feeling unsatisfied by the way this portion of the story was wrapped up. In fact, I felt unsatisfied by the way most of the subplots were wrapped up by the end of the book. Archer has taken on a massive plot, and each substory really had enough material to be developed into a standalone book of its own. The drug kingpin and the underbelly of the New York and L.A. drug trade. Each one could have been a book in its own right. Combined they made for a book that feels too busy with the act of letting you know what's happening and doesn't leave enough time or space for the reader to experience it. Archer does create unique voices for both Tara and Sophie, the style changing so dramatically between parts 1 and 2 it feels like a second author could have stepped in. This is an accomplishment and a refreshing change from multi-perspective reads where every narrator sounds the same. I wish Archer had brought more of this diversity into the lives of the secondary characters, all of whom feel a little too stereotypical to be individuals. Overall, Until We Are Lost held my interest enough to keep reading, but it's not a book that sticks around when the last page is finished.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    My Review of UNTIL WE ARE LOST By Leslie Archer Published by Lake Union Publishing Gifted MBC ****** This book was hard to figure out at first, a tad confusing and a little slow for what I perceived to be a thriller. Right when things would tease me and pick up; just as quickly the flame died. About halfway through the novel is where you get to the cusp of the story and where things begin to make sense. I feel if this wasn’t drawn out as long as it was I would have given the book a higher rating due My Review of UNTIL WE ARE LOST By Leslie Archer Published by Lake Union Publishing Gifted MBC ****** This book was hard to figure out at first, a tad confusing and a little slow for what I perceived to be a thriller. Right when things would tease me and pick up; just as quickly the flame died. About halfway through the novel is where you get to the cusp of the story and where things begin to make sense. I feel if this wasn’t drawn out as long as it was I would have given the book a higher rating due to having enjoyed the book far more. It played out as a movie but I didn’t feel connected to the main character(s); eventhough I feel I should have. The writing was good but it just seemed to be in the wrong order. The story was there but it didn’t have a pull on me like it originally did and I was happy when I was nearing the conclusion. It’s definitely a good psychological thriller for someone that has a knack for keeping straight so many stories and twists at the same time. ***** Twin’s, Tara & Sophie Peary escape a tragic fire that leaves Tara scarred. Tara hasn’t seen her sister Sophie since that horrible day 6 months ago and is beside herself to find her. A past that haunts Tara is one that causes psychological damage and she seeks out help from a psychologist. The trauma she has incurred from her parents have resulted in trying to maintain her grasp on reality. It is keeping her from continuing her search in finding her sister, the only one who protected her. While searching for the truth, Tara gets sidelined into the world of men with money that have no boundaries and things have gotten dangerous. While Tara only wants to do good and help others; a downfall may just be the what’s in her future.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to the publisher for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review Who doesn’t love a quick and easy read? The pacing to this new thriller from Leslie Archer was so quick that I was already halfway through the book before I knew it. UNTIL WE ARE LOST was fairly predictable when it came to the story and I could see some of the twists coming, but that did not take away from how much I enjoyed reading it. Tara and Sophie are twin sisters, and Tara has been struggling since the disappear Thanks to the publisher for the free early copy in exchange for my honest review Who doesn’t love a quick and easy read? The pacing to this new thriller from Leslie Archer was so quick that I was already halfway through the book before I knew it. UNTIL WE ARE LOST was fairly predictable when it came to the story and I could see some of the twists coming, but that did not take away from how much I enjoyed reading it. Tara and Sophie are twin sisters, and Tara has been struggling since the disappearance of her sister. In her search for Sophie, she will have to go through dangerous territory in New York and cross paths with some less than savory characters. Still trying to process the trauma from an incident 6 months prior, but she is dealing with memory loss. She begins to see a therapist to try and work through what happened to see what she can remember. The book is divided up into three parts and each one kept a good pace and held my attention. I always get so bummed when part one starts strong and then things falter, but that’s not the case here! A steady and consistent pace from start to finish and I want to pick up some more by Archer in the future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Indre

    Guys! This book is dark. The synopsis doesn't give this book justice on how messed up the plot is. ( I'll include TW at the end). The main character, Tara is on a hunt to find her lost sister. After suffering a trauma in a fire, she wakes up 6 months later not sure how and why she ended up where she is. Her parents are dead, and the only other person she can trust is gone. Tara travels to NYC on the hunt for her sister Sophie. There she dives deep into the underworld of the rich. While on this se Guys! This book is dark. The synopsis doesn't give this book justice on how messed up the plot is. ( I'll include TW at the end). The main character, Tara is on a hunt to find her lost sister. After suffering a trauma in a fire, she wakes up 6 months later not sure how and why she ended up where she is. Her parents are dead, and the only other person she can trust is gone. Tara travels to NYC on the hunt for her sister Sophie. There she dives deep into the underworld of the rich. While on this search, she is trying to unravel the secrets her own mind is hiding. I really don't want to say anything more, because SPOILERS. But just let me tell you - Tara's family is messed up. The plot was twisty, dark, emotional, and very very disturbing. Here are all the TW (I hope I got all of them): Drug use, overdose, suicide, sexual assault, rape, child molestation, cutting, physical abuse.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alix

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing for my ARC! From the author of The Girl at the Border comes a haunting thriller about one woman’s journey into the painful truths threatening to destroy her. This one is a dark, twisted and dramatic read! There's something about a twin story that always gets me-this one was no exception! I couldn't wait to find out the whole story of Tara and Sophie- so that definitely made it a page turner. At the beginning, I found it to be a little slow ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Thank you to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing for my ARC! From the author of The Girl at the Border comes a haunting thriller about one woman’s journey into the painful truths threatening to destroy her. This one is a dark, twisted and dramatic read! There's something about a twin story that always gets me-this one was no exception! I couldn't wait to find out the whole story of Tara and Sophie- so that definitely made it a page turner. At the beginning, I found it to be a little slow, but once I got invested in the story I felt like it went by fast.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Booksandchinooks (Laurie)

    This is a twisty and suspenseful novel. Tara is in therapy to try and figure out how she has lost all memories of six months of her life. She is also in search of her twin sister. Tara remembers there was a house fire that her father died in and her sister has been missing since then. The six months following the fire are the months missing from Tara’s memory. This novel has a lot of interesting twists and covers a lot of ground. I was definitely invested in this book and I was very interested i This is a twisty and suspenseful novel. Tara is in therapy to try and figure out how she has lost all memories of six months of her life. She is also in search of her twin sister. Tara remembers there was a house fire that her father died in and her sister has been missing since then. The six months following the fire are the months missing from Tara’s memory. This novel has a lot of interesting twists and covers a lot of ground. I was definitely invested in this book and I was very interested in seeing how this story ended. If you are in the mood for an interesting thriller give this one a read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paloma Estudillo

    Loved loved loved this book. It has everything one wants in a book that we want to devour in one sitting and this is it. Drama, angst, thrill, twist and turns , this book has it all. I love this genre and this book did not disappoint. I will be re-reading it again because I read it so fast the first time around. Highly recommend this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Rees

    A great read. Told in three parts which wrapped up the story nicely. Was a bit hard to figure out but I'm glad I persevered. Dealing with many unspoken tragedies this is a story of personal triumphs and self discovery. A page turner. A great read. Told in three parts which wrapped up the story nicely. Was a bit hard to figure out but I'm glad I persevered. Dealing with many unspoken tragedies this is a story of personal triumphs and self discovery. A page turner.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Thank you Netgalley for an eARC of “Until we are Lost” by Leslie Archer in exchange for an honest review. Until we are Lost is a psychological thriller that will make your heart race at every twist and turn. This book kept me hooked for first 150 pages; was boring to death for next 100 or so pages, and interesting for the rest of the ride. The first twist in the book was jaw-droppingly wonderful, but unfortunately not for me, because I already figured it out. However, this book is amassed with s Thank you Netgalley for an eARC of “Until we are Lost” by Leslie Archer in exchange for an honest review. Until we are Lost is a psychological thriller that will make your heart race at every twist and turn. This book kept me hooked for first 150 pages; was boring to death for next 100 or so pages, and interesting for the rest of the ride. The first twist in the book was jaw-droppingly wonderful, but unfortunately not for me, because I already figured it out. However, this book is amassed with shocking twists and turns which made me keep turning the pages. Until we are Lost follows the story of Tara and Sophie, twin sisters. It starts with Tara searching for her sister who is missing. She feels like her sister completes her, and without Sophie, she’d be lost too. She has not only lost her sister, but also six months of her life with no memory at all. She remembers a fire, and then waking up six months later in another city with no memory of what she did during those six months. Slowly and gradually, with the help of her shrink, Christie Lind, she manages to remember her past, confronts certain painful memories that she had been trying to bury deep down herself, and endeavors to heal the wounds inflicted upon her by her parents. This book is actually divided into three main parts before the final concluding section. The first part tells the struggle of Tara with no memory of six months, trying to search for her missing sister, and settle in her new life with new job and friends. Second part tells the story of Sophie and what actually happened in those six months. Third part, which I thought was the most unsettling part, follows Tara and Sophie’s so-not-normal childhood with their crazy and mysterious parents. I would have actually loved this book, but the massive plot and subplots were too intense for my liking. A lot of shit was going on, the story kept shifting from past to present, dreams to reality, Tara to Sophie, and it made my head spin. On the whole, the story was really captivating, thrilling, and entertaining. I think I would recommend this book to those readers who are up for a really intense psychological thriller book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    TBHONEST

    Until We Are Lost is an original and twisted novel, fast paced and enjoyable, it keeps you guessing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Kerdouci

    Take a walk on the wild side with this thriller that immerses you in the sleazy and sordid underbelly of society where drugs,sex, abuse and religious fervour are all part of everyday life for protagonist Tara. Think fire and brimstone, a battle between the superego and the id, unsavoury characters aplenty, a life further descending into the depths of hell and that pretty much sums up Tara’s existence. Snapshots of a childhood and a family life that is dysfunctional, delusional and blighted by the Take a walk on the wild side with this thriller that immerses you in the sleazy and sordid underbelly of society where drugs,sex, abuse and religious fervour are all part of everyday life for protagonist Tara. Think fire and brimstone, a battle between the superego and the id, unsavoury characters aplenty, a life further descending into the depths of hell and that pretty much sums up Tara’s existence. Snapshots of a childhood and a family life that is dysfunctional, delusional and blighted by the prevalence of abhorrent and depraved parental behaviour are relayed via Tara’s therapy sessions with Dr Lind. Both her parents, her father a stage hypnotist and her mother a televangelist are now dead, a fire in their family farmhouse claiming his life just three weeks following his wife’s death. As if that isn’t enough to contend with Tara’s twin sister Sophie has disappeared with the search for her other half adding another layer of torment to her already tortured soul. In ways that you’d never expect, Tara’s life becomes entangled with that of her therapist whose husband Marwyn Rusk and their next door neighbour Figgy have prominent roles to play. In this world where the elite and powerful coexist alongside the disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society, always maintaining the upper hand, I found Until We Are Lost bleak, the absence of any happy individuals striking and depressing. Silly little things niggled me such as the character Margo being referred to by her initial M (ok I realise I’m being fussy!) but it’s probably the fact I’d entered such an alien strange world unable to identify with Tara or Sophie that prevented me from really enjoying this novel. Granted, beneath all the doom and gloom lies the foundations of a great thriller with the author pulling off a number unexpected twists but with more troughs than peaks I struggled through the pages. I wanted to care deeply about Tara’s search for Sophie and the truth which the reader should be most concerned with yet empathy for this tragic figure eluded me. I’m afraid to admit that the only thing I gained from reading this dark and twisted storyline was a headache. Very rarely do I pick up a book, realise I’ve chosen unwisely and decide not to finish but there are a few red flags in this storyline that almost made me walk away. Plus my fear of snakes was compounded with a scene that curdled my stomach and that’s putting it politely.Obviously that’s not the author’s fault! However hard I tried I couldn’t tune into this author’s wavelength, realisation dawning as to the kind of characters we’re dealing with here taking a while to sink in. Eventually a storyline does begin to emerge with some parts easier to read than others in what is a disjointed, fractured narrative. The only time I experienced a semblance of enjoyment reading this thriller was learning of Sophie’s time spent in LA; I actually felt my impression of this thriller was about to dramatically improve. Viewed dispassionately, the writing, the premise and the execution of the plot (there are a few unanswered questions which may frustrate some readers) suggests this thriller is worthy of at least 3 if not 4 stars. Unfortunately I’m not the kind of reader that can sweep my feelings to one side and so my heart often rules my head when I consider writing a review. I found it impossible to disassociate myself from feelings of disgust and distaste this storyline engendered so coupled with my ambivalence towards the characters I don’t feel inclined towards a more glowing and generous review. I was veering towards a measly 2 star rating to reflect how uncomfortable this thriller made me feel and my relief at reaching the end yet that would be doing a disservice to the author as I can still recognise the merits of a plot that has the ability to shock and surprise you. I’m a big believer in stepping outside of your comfort zone and on the plus side this thriller doesn’t conform to the usual tried and tested formulas favoured by many writers of this genre which can become monotonous. I’ve read many an unpalatable storyline so I can’t even blame the content that leaves a vile taste in your mouth for my rather negative review. Is this a marmite book? Possibly. It simply wasn’t for me. My thanks as always to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    First let me say that this is my first book by this author. I read at the very end that she's the bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels yet I could only find one more. It sounds like it may be a good one. This one was a bit disappointing to me. It certainly had great potential though. I don't know what happened but it sure fell short. Tara/Sophie are twins. Tara can't find Sophie. I figured out what happened to Sophie very quickly. Or who she was. It is told in the first part of thi First let me say that this is my first book by this author. I read at the very end that she's the bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels yet I could only find one more. It sounds like it may be a good one. This one was a bit disappointing to me. It certainly had great potential though. I don't know what happened but it sure fell short. Tara/Sophie are twins. Tara can't find Sophie. I figured out what happened to Sophie very quickly. Or who she was. It is told in the first part of this story so not a spoiler. The things that go on in this book are just a mess. From abuse, almost raped, possibly raped, molested by a parent, being used by the other parent, there is just way too much going on. It fell short for sure. If it would have been possibly two books/sequels, it may have been easier to read. Not that I had a hard time keeping up but that it was just too much. For one child, teen, adult, it was too much. No wonder she had issues. I could not connect with the characters in this book at all. The fact that Tara was asked to do "whatever it takes" to get info from a man who almost raped her was unbelievable. That would not have happened. No way. She would have said no even if Sophie did have her back. I did not find that believable at all. There were many things in this book that were great but the ones that weren't was way bad. I'm sorry but it was beyond my capacity to believe parts. This book did have such potential. I hate that it was just not that good. Others may love it. You may think it's one of the best ever. For me it was just ok. I'm shocked too. I wanted so bad to love this book. There was just nothing to hold me to it and I found myself skimming past some parts. I should have just chalked it up as a DNF but I felt the obligation to read the rest. The first part was slow but I really enjoyed the second part and the last two parts. They were all full of thrills and chills. A lot going on that will keep you on the edge in many ways. But the rest was not so great. Thank you to #NetGalley, #LeslieArcher, #LakeUnionPublisers for this ARC. This is my own true thoughts of this book. 2.5-3/5 stars and I will say read for yourself and decide if you like it or not. We each see things differently and what is not so good for me may be great for you.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lozz

    A Women Recovering from Child Abuse Is Forced Through Event to Face Her Demons This book opens with Tara. She is in Therapy with Dr Christie Lind. Dr Lind is trying to discover what happened to the six months of Tara’s life she cants remember, along with other issues that are raised. Like, where is Tara’s sister Sophie who has disappeared. For Tara, she lives a life where she is more or less drifting. Although she enjoys her job at the struggling. ‘Seventh Haven’ centre for trouble youth. She likes D A Women Recovering from Child Abuse Is Forced Through Event to Face Her Demons This book opens with Tara. She is in Therapy with Dr Christie Lind. Dr Lind is trying to discover what happened to the six months of Tara’s life she cants remember, along with other issues that are raised. Like, where is Tara’s sister Sophie who has disappeared. For Tara, she lives a life where she is more or less drifting. Although she enjoys her job at the struggling. ‘Seventh Haven’ centre for trouble youth. She likes Dr Lind but has trouble trusting her. It’s this path the leads her to sit outside Lind’s Brownstone. Its while sitting on the stoop across the road, observing her Doctor, Initially to convince herself to trust her, she starts to yearn for her Doctors friendship. To be part of her family, even to have a relationship with the doctor’s fourteen year old daughter Charlotte. It’s also where she first meets the handsome, easygoing Figgy. After a rocky beginning, due to Tara’s trust issues , the two become close. However, things are not all has they would seem. As Tara’s therapy continues we slow find out about the horrific childhood she endured from both her parents. Hypnotist father and Evangelist mother. Both parents have contributed to Tara’s fractured personality traits. Traits that took her on a journey she has trouble remembering . A journey that lead her into a world of a hedonistic LA lifestyle involving drug lords, sex death and murder. The repercussion vibrate all the way to her present life in New York, and her new relationships,especially her fledgling one with Figgy, until series of traumatic events take there toll on Tara’s already fragile personality. What a mind owing read. I came so close to giving this book up after the first few chapters because, I was finding it hard to concentrate on what exactly was going on. So glad I stayed. Even if some of the psycho babble got away from me at times, the usual storyline kept me hanging in there. ****

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    This was a hard one to endure, to review, and to process as it dealt with a number of difficult and disturbing topics. For starters, masochism, abandonment, abuse, sadistic pleasure, and much more. The characters were deeply troubled. Tara in particular the twin of Sophie who went missing really needs help to process her wounds and deep emotional scars. The story develops into a situation between the parents and their own inadequacies with numerous flashbacks, various timelines, and complex situat This was a hard one to endure, to review, and to process as it dealt with a number of difficult and disturbing topics. For starters, masochism, abandonment, abuse, sadistic pleasure, and much more. The characters were deeply troubled. Tara in particular the twin of Sophie who went missing really needs help to process her wounds and deep emotional scars. The story develops into a situation between the parents and their own inadequacies with numerous flashbacks, various timelines, and complex situations within therapy sessions that require one's undivided attention to detail. While this was difficult it was written well but had thrown in a ton of broken pieces from these girls and the lack of parental involvement and love was apparent. The parents in essence cared more about themselves with the father using the kids to advance his own agenda with hypnotic trances and their mother as a holy roller. The relationship with Figgy the next door neighbor as well as the therapist spouse Marwyn Rusk and his wife Dr. Lind also brought up past wounds for Tara. The drug use and sexual abuse as well as the rape, molestation, pregnancy, and more was traumatic for all. To be brutally honest I wanted to end this one early and take a DNF but around the 80% point it did start to get intriguing but in a matter of fact way that built upon a disgust of what was previously presented in the plot. The ending cleared up some of the mental fog but not enough for me to push this to a higher rating. This for me is on the fence and if we had half stars I think I'd offer this up as a 3.5 star rating. Thank you to Leslie Archer, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Thank you to NetGalley and Leslie Archer for an advanced copy in return for my honest review. Until We Are Lost is available for purchase on February 2, 2021! Tara comes from a broken family – her father a stage hypnotist and her mother a religious leader and her twin sister vanishes on day unexpectedly. Tara is trying her hardest to work through her issues in therapy while hoping to find her long lost twin again. Tara gets too close to her therapist and ends up watching her home on multiple occa Thank you to NetGalley and Leslie Archer for an advanced copy in return for my honest review. Until We Are Lost is available for purchase on February 2, 2021! Tara comes from a broken family – her father a stage hypnotist and her mother a religious leader and her twin sister vanishes on day unexpectedly. Tara is trying her hardest to work through her issues in therapy while hoping to find her long lost twin again. Tara gets too close to her therapist and ends up watching her home on multiple occasions, and it is on this street that she meets Figgy. Figgy not only opens up a world of new possibilities but he also opens up her heart which ends up opening old wounds. Can Tara work through her past trauma’s and find happiness in her life? Will Tara ever find out what happened to her beloved twin? To start – there are major triggers in this book, from sexual abuse to physical abuse drug use and rape. Please keep this in mind before purchasing. Overall, this book wasn’t for me. I had a hard time keeping Tara and Sophie straight as sometimes it would bounce back and forth mid-paragraph. I found the build very slow and drawn out. I also felt like the ending was rushed – the ending relationships felt really forced to me as if there wasn’t enough time for the relationships to carry as much weight as they ended up carrying in the final few chapters. For me, this book was one that I had to force myself to finish but that’s not to say that the storyline wasn’t interesting – it just didn’t land for me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristin (Always With a Book)

    Thank you @amazonpublishing for the gifted copy. This is the first time I've read anything by Leslie Archer but it definitely won't be the last. This book is exactly why I love reading psychological thrillers - they are twisty and crazy and keep me flipping the pages. This is a dark, and at times disturbing, book - let me just say that now. It goes places that you won't expect and may not work for everyone but within the framework of the story, it works. It's also the kind of book that really need Thank you @amazonpublishing for the gifted copy. This is the first time I've read anything by Leslie Archer but it definitely won't be the last. This book is exactly why I love reading psychological thrillers - they are twisty and crazy and keep me flipping the pages. This is a dark, and at times disturbing, book - let me just say that now. It goes places that you won't expect and may not work for everyone but within the framework of the story, it works. It's also the kind of book that really needs to be read in big chunks of time so as not to lose the momentum of the story. I tried reading little bits here and there and was lost and ended up having to start over when I had time to really devote myself to the book. There are quite a few twists in this book and while you may think you know where it is heading once one or two are revealed, think again. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, desperately trying to work out just how all the pieces were going to come together. I love a good twin story - they just seem to grab me and this one is like none you have read before. I was completely captivated and even with the darker, disturbing parts, I still found it to be a thrilling read that is complex and full of suspense. I definitely recommend! You can see all my reviews at: https://alwayswithabook.blogspot.com

  30. 5 out of 5

    Addie BookCrazyBlogger

    Twenty months ago, Tara Peary’s twin sister Sophie disappeared and Tara had gone to New York City to find her. Although she’s an assistant counselor at an at-risk shelter for LGTBQ teens, she still feels the scars (both literal and emotional) of her childhood. She begins going to therapy, both to deal with her sister’s suffocating silence and to put her childhood demons to rest. She begins to date her therapist Christine’s neighbor, a techno-millionaire and gets involved in the elite rich world, Twenty months ago, Tara Peary’s twin sister Sophie disappeared and Tara had gone to New York City to find her. Although she’s an assistant counselor at an at-risk shelter for LGTBQ teens, she still feels the scars (both literal and emotional) of her childhood. She begins going to therapy, both to deal with her sister’s suffocating silence and to put her childhood demons to rest. She begins to date her therapist Christine’s neighbor, a techno-millionaire and gets involved in the elite rich world, where her therapist’s husband Marwyn Rusk features. When Rusk assaults Tara at a party, her defenses come breaking down and Tara has to confront all of her demons, including the reappearance of the sister she thought she lost. Okay the description on the back of the book does NOTHING to describe what the book is actually about, because wow, this was a wild ride. This is definitely in the vein of Lifetime movies, which I’m obsessed with, so you just know I had an extra good time reading this. I’ll admit that the pacing of the novel felt off to me, as the parts didn’t quite connect together as well as I hoped they would have. However, it covers some triggering topics, including Dissociative Identity Disorder, rape and child abuse. I’ll definitely recommend this for those who enjoy some intense reads because this book is not for the faint of heart.

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