The reader is jerked into the action of the plot from the first page of LOST AND FOUND. The teams of contestants from a reality show are already a good ways through their international scavenger hunt, that is part of the latest TV reality show, with the ultimate prize of a million dollars. The colorful eye-catching parrots on the cover of the book are along for the continued journey with the participants causing often comical results.
A cast of characters narrates the tale in an alternating first person manner. This device works extremely well in giving the reader a look behind the motivations, as well as the actions, taken by all involved.
Laura and Cassie are a mother/daughter team who are trying to get back their former closeness after Cassie's secret was brought to light late one night. There are also Justin and Abby, who are using the show as a way to spread a special spiritual message. Juliet is a former child star using the "Lost and Found" reality show as a possible vehicle to revive her faltering acting career. Several other teams round out the group, each with their own agendas and issues. These issues will either lead to their defeat and being eliminated from the game or their success, even more than luck in finding the clues and required objects.
LOST AND FOUND looks at love in many forms. Each character has "lost" something in their individual life and is hoping that this rather surreal experience will help them "find" it. The author is able to balance quirky humor with some pretty profound passages and thought provoking issues.
I found LOST AND FOUND to be just as intriguing and compelling as Ms. Parkhurst's first novel, DOGS OF BABEL. I will be looking forward to future books by this talented writer.