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By: Deborah Archer

Our Lost Boy

Pages: 246 Ratings: 5.0
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A tragic secret, a broken family, a lost boy – who was Edward, and what happened to him?

Life for Jen and her family, including 11 year old, autistic son Ned, hasn’t always been easy, but things are improving. Ned is thriving in the right school, and getting the support he needs to navigate his way through an alien and sometimes frightening world.

But Jen is troubled by something from her past. She’s haunted by a nightmare that has disturbed her since childhood, and she’s increasingly uneasy about her relationship with her cold, distant parents - what are they hiding from her?

‘Our Lost Boy’ follows Jen’s search for the truth, taking her back to her childhood home in Yorkshire where shocking memories are reawakened.

Jen and her mother, Maureen, have been pulled apart by a tragic secret, but when the truth is out can they mend their broken relationship? Can Jen forgive Maureen, and can Maureen forgive herself?

And what about Ned - can the 21st century offer him, and others like him, the future that Edward was denied?

Deborah Archer has worked as a Specific Learning Difficulties Teacher for over twenty years, and has been inspired by many of her pupils, and their families, to write ‘Our Lost Boy’.

Deborah has a degree in French with European Literature from Warwick University, and has always had a passion for reading, and latterly writing, fiction. Deborah lives in Surrey with her husband, Mike.

Customer Reviews
5 reviews
5 reviews
  • Sally Hyde Lomax

    I loved this book. I read it from cover to cover, barely putting it down. The characters are beautifully written and the story is so brilliantly and sensitively handled. I was gripped from beginning to end. This is an amazing debut novel by Deborah Archer which I thoroughly recommend.

  • Debs

    I loved this beautifully written book. From the first page, I couldn’t put it down. The characters were so familiar and believable. An emotional read.

  • Jenny Heath

    A thoroughly enjoyable read, well written and fast-paced. I believe most mothers will be able to relate to Jennifer and Maureen, and who couldn't fall in love with Ned? A highly recommended book.

  • Susan Woolliams

    A wonderful debut novel! This is the beautifully written story of a family finally coming to terms with a long-held secret. The book's main characters, so sensitively drawn, each recount the events that have shaped their relationships with one another as their story continues to unfold toward its satisfying climax. All in all, an unputdownable read!

  • Steph Wilson

    A sensitive, touching, and eye-opening story of a family with a tragic secret. Beautifully written and keeps you engrossed all the way through. I particularly enjoyed getting to know the characters - each well-developed and very relatable. Looking forward to Deborah’s next novel!

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