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What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn

What Was Lost begins with 10-year-old Kate Meaney hanging out at a Birmingham, England shopping mall. She's a lonely girl determined to grow up and become a detective. Accompanied by her stuffed monkey, Mickey, she's taking notes on possible suspicious behavior when she disappears. The suspect is Adrian, a man who works in Kate's father's shop, but he soon disappears too. Twenty years later, Adrian's sister, Lisa, finds Mickey stuffed behind a pipe in one of the mall's service areas. One of the security guards, Kurt, spends his days staring at security videos and believes he spies the 10-year-old Kate on one of his monitors. Lisa and Kurt decide they have to find out what happened to Kate. Catherine O'Flynn's debut novel has received a Booker nomination and the 2007 Costa First Book Award. The Age says, "What Was Lost is a dexterously imagined story. It impressively fuses elements of mysteries that are never quite solved with those of intimate human relationships that are as messy as they are casual and redemptive."

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