All Lost Things

Author: Josh Aterovis
Publisher: PD Publishing
Genre: YA, Crime/Mystery
Length: 328 pages
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
  
A Guest Review by Kris

The Blurb:

Killian Kendall’s life is changing faster than he can keep up. He’s graduating from high school, breaking up with his boyfriend, and starting a new job with a private investigator. He’s barely settled at his new desk when his ex-boyfriend calls with a desperate plea for help. He wants Killian to prove his new boyfriend is innocent in the shockingly violent murder of his abusive father. Killian reluctantly agrees to take the case, little knowing how complicated — and dangerous — things will become before it’s over.
 
On the home front, Killian’s surrogate parents decide to buy a historic mansion and turn it into a bed and breakfast. The house comes with a rich history… and maybe a ghost or two. Killian doesn’t want to believe in such things, but he’s quickly becoming convinced that something terrible happened to the home’s original owners. The century-old mystery both terrifies and tantalizes Killian. In the end, he may be the only one who can uncover the truth.

The Review:

Honesty from the outset~
 
This is the third book in the Killian Kendall Mystery series.  Yes, I missed the second book, Reap the Whirlwind; no, it wasn’t deliberate; and, yes, my OCD has me twitching.
 
First things first~

As I was reading All Lost Things, I was extremely relieved that the author not only met the expectations that I had after Bleeding Hearts (reviewed here), but went above and beyond what I had hoped for with his character, Killian Kendall.

All Lost Things
takes place two years after Bleeding Hearts and starts off with Killian’s final days of high school and immediately launches in to what will be some pretty significant life changing events for this character.  One of which involves breaking up with his first boyfriend (more on that in a moment) and the other is a chance meeting with private investigator Shane Novak.  The latter, given Killian’s propensity towards amateur sleuthing, leads him to approach the older man about going to work for him and to essentially become his apprentice.
 
Some readers may be concerned that the romance established in the first book has fallen by the wayside in All Lost Things.  I wasn’t, for two reasons.  The first being that I did not particularly care for Killian’s boyfriend and was quite glad to see my feelings confirmed in this book.  The second reason is, speaking for myself as a reader, I do not want the characters to remain stagnate when I become invested in a series.  Instead. I want them to show signs of personal growth.  I especially expect this when the main protagonist is a young adult.  I believe the author successfully dealt with this aspect in All Lost Things and I’m looking forward to seeing how Killian and his relationships to others change and develop as the series progresses.
 
 
I was also pleased to see more of a focus on the crime storyline in this book, which is due in part to the development of Killian’s character and his decisions about his future as mentioned above.    Those readers expecting The Case of the Disappearing Football or some such will be sadly disappointed.  

All Lost Things provides a gritty  mystery into which readers can really sink their teeth as well as be taken unawares by the twists and turns of the plot as it gradually gains momentum towards the whodunnit climax.  T’was good stuff. 🙂

A couple of issues/warnings~
  
All Lost Things sees the development of the paranormal aspect of the series as both Killian and the reader learn more about his psychic abilities.  I can see how these abilities are likely to assist Killian in his chosen field of employment; yet, I’m not wholly convinced how essential they are to the overarching story.  
 

 To be honest, in some ways I felt that that thread involving the historic mansion-turned-B&B detracted from the main mystery storyline.  Again, this could be my own preference towards this kind of fiction focusing primarily on the crime, etc, etc.  Regardless of my own view, the ‘ghost story’ did serve to illustrate Killian’s acknowledgement of his abilities and his willingness – reluctant though this may be at times – to explore it further.  I am therefore interested to see how it pans out in the next book and whether any doubts I have will be laid to rest.


My recommendation:

My addiction to Killian Kendall is confirmed.  This series keeps on getting better and better.  Please to be giving me the next book now, Mr Aterovis.

7 comments

  • Kris, do you know if this series is available in ebook format? I am very interested in it, stating at the beginning — thanks for the review for that — but will wait for ebooks if I need to.

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    • Hmmm, good question, Lynn. It doesn’t appear to be so looking at the publisher site.
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      Hopefully Josh is still following this thread and will answer, but I’ll shoot him an email and ask as well.

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    • Hi Lynn! Bleeding Hearts and the second book Reap the Whirlwind are both available as ebooks from various sites, including Kindle format on Amazon. All Lost Things is not yet available in ebook format, but my publisher does plan to release it at some point. They’re just venturing into the ebook world and decided to start with their back catalog. I’ve been promised they’ll get to ALT eventually. LOL

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  • Good for my kidlet you think Kris? I’m starting the elusive Christmas gift hunt and maybe giving her a series of something besides teen vampire sluts would be worthwhile. 🙂 And I can read them too. LOL
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    Great review, sounds fun.

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    • They’re fabulously different, but still with the mystery and thrills to satisfy the rabidest of readers of teen vamp fic. 😉
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      I think the kidlet – and you – will definitely enjoy them.

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      • Congrats Kris! You’re my first official review of All Lost Things! I’m so glad it was a positive one… LOL Thanks again for being so thoughtful and fair.
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        And again Tam, if you get the books, I hope you’ll drop me a note letting me know what you and your daughter thought of them.

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        • Do I get a prize, Josh? 😉
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          I can’t tell you how pleased I was to see – and to watch – Killian grow as a character in this book. One of my pet peeves as a reader is when a character stagnates in a series and it was terrific that All Lost Things met my expectations.
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          And the crime plot?! Yowzer. Very tricksy of you. LOL.
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          I can’t wait for the next book. 😀

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