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Lost

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This was the second Dr Bloom book I have read but if you have not read the first one, Gone, I personally think you could read this as a stand alone. 

The novel starts with an explosion at a military ball. Captain Harry Peterson is missing after the blast and his girlfriend, Karene, engages her friend Dr Augusta Bloom and Marcus Jameson to help with the investigation to find him. But when Harry is found days later something isn't quite right and he cannot remember a thing. 

I really enjoy this author's writing and I was pleased to see another character from the first book in this novel. I absolutely love a good mystery and there were wonderful twists and turns that kept me guessing in this one, with the added memory loss issue that was just so clever.
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An explosion at a military ball begins the second novel from Leona Deakin's Augusta Bloom series - and the intrigue starts when one of the ambulances doesn't arrive at the hospital where all the other casualties have been transported. Captain Harry Petersen was injured in the explosion - but where is he now? His frantic girlfriend, Karene, contacts her old friend Augusta Bloom for help. But what will unfold is beyond anything any of them might have imagined...

I loved the first book in this series, and I was really excited to read the next instalment. This is another well-written, well-paced, and cleverly plotted novel. I love the ongoing, continually developing relationship between Augusta and Marcus, and I enjoyed that Seraphine featured in this novel, too (though not enough for my liking! I'm fascinated by her - she's very much a Villanelle figure: sexy, unrepentant, and very much the star of the show). I really enjoyed the exploration of psychopathy. in the first book, and the second novel keeps that plot going, but somewhat on the back burner, while instead dealing with the rather more prevalent more sobering issue of human trafficking. While I was dying for more Seraphine and wanted more about the network of psychopaths, I realise that's just me being greedy and the author does a masterful job of keeping that plot point quietly going, while focusing on other themes.  I can't help looking forward to the third book even more than the first two - if it further investigates the genius original premise of the first novel and expands on the relationships we've seen develop in the second, as well as bringing in more about the network of psychopaths Seraphine is masterfully co-ordinating in both books, it's going to be an absolute blinder of a novel, and I for one can't wait. Leona Deakin is one of my new favourite authors, and I'm really excited to see what she does next. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher of this novel, who gave me a free ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Gone, I was curious as to whether this second Dr Bloom book would be as good. 

I didn't have to wait long to see that it is just as intriguing and well written, jumping straight into the action from the very beginning. My only reservation was that the plot was a little unbelievable but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of this book. Although it can be read as a standalone book, I feel that reading Gone first would make this all the more interesting as you will have had a better introduction to Augusta, Marcus and Seraphina. 

I look forward to book 3! 

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.
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I loved the first Dr Bloom book and was very happy to find a sequel! 

Different style to the first book but all the magic is there! The tension rolls off the pages. Shocking, twisted and brilliant!

5/5
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I really enjoyed the story and the authors way of writing . Entertaining and twisted , everything I love In a book !!I would like to read more by this author !!
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After finishing GONE and loving it so much, I rushed to read the next addition, LOST. This is not something I usually do – I tend to not series one after the other, and intermingle other books in between.

The storyline for LOST I found to be very different. Military at the core with a slap bang beginning. It took me a while to get into the story and the new characters. And for a while I missing the same psychopathic thread which I found in GONE. The second half of the book improved a lot for me, once I had settled in to it.

Trying to match a debut like GONE was never going to be easy, and I think GONE will remain one of my most favourite reads. But LOST was an enjoyable read, and it stands well on its own merit.
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Another excellent story from Leona Deakin. Great exercise for my brain trying to sort out the various threads in the story. Very good characters whose interactions moved the action along at a fast pace. I do enjoy happy endings!
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I very much enjoyed the first Dr Bloom book and thought this was a great follow up.  I thought the storyline was inventive and intriguing and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and seeing what would happen next.  I enjoy the characters of Dr Bloom and Marcus and I look forward to the next instalment. I liked how the book had ongoing themes from the first book but was an independent story in itself.  Highly recommend this series.
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Several months after the shocking conclusion of the first book, it is clear that Dr Bloom and Marcus have not reconciled what happened with Seraphina.  However, when Dr Bloom is approached by an old friend to track down her partner, Dr Bloom calls in her owed favour from Marcus and the pair work together to untangle just what has happened to Captain Harry Peterson. 
What follows is a tangled web of intrigue and lies, complicated by Harry's memory loss and the involvement of the British army. Throw in an appearance by Seraphina and the fragile truce in the relationship between Dr Bloom and Marcus seems even more precarious. It's a fast-paced, international crime to solve, and the involvement of Seraphina conjures up some delicious "Killing Eve" vibes. It starts to become clear that the crime involving Harry is part of a much bigger picture, and the foundations for the continuation of series are being established. I for one am definitely looking forward to seeing where this will go. 

My thanks go to the publishers and Net Galley for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
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I think I preferred this book to the first in the series. The seraphine walker character from the first book doesn't really work for me but in this book there is plenty of other action.
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When I read Leona Deakin’s first novel I was hooked she is a genius writer so when this book landed I was hoping it would be as good it is better 
The novel follows a Psychologhist Dr Augusta Bloom and her sidekick ex forces Marcus Jameson 
They are asked by an old friend of Augusta to investigate a bombing at a military ball where her boyfriend was caught in the blast but only had minor injuries when his girlfriend rushes off to help another casualty she returns to where her boyfriend was and he isn’t there in the distance she sees him being pushed into an ambulance. But when she checks he isn’t in any of the local hospitals so where is he? 
An amazing journey that takes us half way across the world and back but will they find him unharmed?
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Another brilliant Dr Bloom novel. I love the twists and turns in these books and I never see what is coming. The characters are fascinating and especially Seraphine, she is such a brilliant creation. Highly recommended #NetGalley#LostBook
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Augusta Bloom is called in by an old friend to find her partner, a naval officer who is missing after a suicide bombing at a naval base.  She is joined reluctantly by her former colleague who hasn't yet forgiven her for subjecting him to a bruising encounter with their psychopathic bete noir, Seraphina.  The officer turns up but has lost all his memory of the last four years.  It soon becomes obvious that someone is still out to get him and also that Seraphina is somehow involved.  The intricate plot is a tad implausible at times but basically its a ripping yarn - a really good thriller that you won't want to put down.
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Read the first book and enjoyed so was highly anticipating this and it didn’t disappoint!

Grabbed me from the start and I couldn’t put it down because I just had to find out what was happening.
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This book really entraps you into the story with what could have happened and who is the bad guy! Will keep you guessing and second guessing everyone for majority of the book!
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A very enjoyable book.  Very difficult to give books of this type 5 stars because it is always difficult to incorporate a good story with tension, humour, twists and turns.  I never found myself struggling and the pace maintained is excellent.
My only criticism and this may be more to do with me rather than the book itself is that I felt at times as if I had started reading half way and not at the start.  I presume there was one (or maybe more?) prequels to this
Nevertheless a very good book and definitely worth a read
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Last year I read Leona Deakin’s first book in the Dr Bloom series ‘Gone’ and loved it so I was so excited to be able to read her second book and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Thanks to Transworld Publishers and NetGalley for the advanced copy.

The thing that I love about Deakin’s style of writing is that it’s fast paced, she just dives straight in and the action begins from the very first chapter. The blurb is what first hooked me in but after Deakin set the story in the first few chapters I was even more intrigued to find out what was going to happen and I sped through the rest of the book which continued it’s fast pace the entire way through.

Captain Harry Peterson is attending military ball when a bomb goes of killing 8 people and injuring many more including Captain Peterson. Peterson was picked up by paramedics and taken away in an ambulance, except he didn’t turn up at the hospital until three days later and with seemingly no memory of the last five years. 
Harry’s  girlfriend Karen calls on her old friend Augusta Bloom and Bloom’s business partner Marcus Jameson to investigate the bomb and what happened to Captain Peterson during his three day disappearance.

I enjoyed the military setting in this story and the return of familiar characters; Dr Bloom, Marcus Jameson and Seraphine. As this is the second book in a series I would strongly suggest you read Deakin’s first book to give the characters some context. 

Looking forward to the next instalment in the Dr Bloom series.
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Incredible suspense from the very start and a very clever plot that left me speechless (readless? whatever the reading equivalent is!) at several points. A welcome return of Augusta to investigate where neither the police nor military seem prepared to initially tread.
There are great details woven through the plot that come together at the conclusion very cleverly...one of those books that makes you think "aha, now I understand"!
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Lost by Leona Deakin is the second book I’ve read in this series. Unexpected, clever, gripping, a mind-bender! I loved it! A great storyline, believable and with really credible, well-developed characters. I love Augusta and Marcus. The insight into the military and the links to the warlords was great! I can’t wait for the next one! Will we hear more about Alina? Does  Seraphina plan to take over the world. Who will prevail? I love it! Five stars for this one
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A fascinating concept, a deliberate attempt to erase memories. This sequel to ‘Gone’ didn’t have quite the same punch for me but was still a solid mystery with a clever theme, which ensured that I kept reading. The familiar main characters of Augusta and Marcus were joined by some new people, and the unwelcome reappearance of Seraphina, the self-confessed psychopath from the first book. All in all a great read with future possibilities.
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