Review: The Lost Boys by Faye Kellerman

 

 

Title: The Lost Boys {Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #26}

Author: Faye Kellerman

Published: 17th January 2021, William Morrow

Status: Read January 2021 courtesy William Morrow

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My Thoughts:

I thought I’d missed no more than a handful of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series but this is Kellerman’s 26th book featuring the couple and I’ve only read just over half, the last of which was book #22, Murder 101. Thankfully however this seems to matter little, aided in part because Kellerman ages her characters in real time.

In The Lost Boys, Decker and his partner Tyler are called in when a man disappears while on a field trip with a group from a local care home. In searching the woods nearby, a body is found in a shallow grave, but this man has lain there for at least a decade.

With his customary doggedness, Decker attacks both investigations. The missing man is his initial priority, with growing concerns that he has been targeted by because of his parent’s wealth. When blood is found at the home of a nurse that may be connected, Decker fears the worst, but despite his best efforts the case soon stalls. Unexpectedly Kellerman employs a cliffhanger of sorts in this instance, though the missing man is eventually located, the circumstance spawns another mystery.

In the second investigation, the remains prove to belong to one of three young college men who disappeared while on a camping trip. The damage to his skeleton suggests that he had been shot, and Decker wonders if he is looking for the bodies of his two companions, or if the two men may have killed the third and gone on the run. Investigating a ten year old cold case is a difficult task, but thorough police work results in an important break. In general I liked how this case played out, however one flaw I had difficulty overlooking was an emphasis on a shovel being out of place on a camping trip. Perhaps Faye has never been camping because I wouldn’t consider it at all strange that campers have a shovel, a digging implement is essential when there are no bathrooms.

While Decker is busy with police work, Rina is offering moral support to their foster son, Gabe whose biological mother has suddenly returned to the States with Gabe’s half siblings. It’s clear Terry is in trouble and Gabe is torn when she asks for his help, but it seems inevitable he will be drawn into the mess she has got herself into.

With this, and the unanswered questions of the first investigation, Kellerman has laid the foundation the next book in the series, though I think it’s clear that it’s end is creeping closer. Peter is seventy or thereabouts and is making plans for his retirement from the force, but there are hints, I think, that Tyler could take up the mantle.

Kellerman offers up two well paced, and involving mysteries in The Lost Boys, but as a fan it’s the opportunity to catch up with Peter, Rina and their family that I enjoy the most.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Books and livres (@AndLivres)
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 05:49:37

    I had removed this series from my TBr because… 26 novels ! But after your review, i put back again the first volume on my to read shelf 🙂

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  2. Carla
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 07:05:20

    Nice review Shelleyrae. I keep saying I am going to start this series. I have 8 of these books on my kindle. Glad to hear that I don’t have to read all of them to enjoy them.

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  3. Victoria Hamel
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 09:23:15

    Nice review- good to know you can read them out of order. This series has major longevity.

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  4. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jan 17, 2021 @ 21:11:55

    That there characters age in real time makes this an attractive read for me. Also, a Kellerman book! An author, like her husband I need to read!

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  6. Laurel-Rain Snow
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 06:34:44

    Now I must try to catch up on this author, as it has been a while. I tend to follow more of Jonathan Kellerman’s books, but I do recall loving the pairing of Decker & Lazarus in Faye’s books.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Helen Murdoch
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 08:46:54

    I really enjoy the Kellerman books and have this one on my TBR shelf. Bummer that you only gave it 3 stars, I’ll see how I feel about it. I do like reading a series where the characters are so familiar to me.

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  8. Anne - Books of My Heart
    Jan 18, 2021 @ 09:20:31

    I’m a huge fan of these long running mystery series but this is one I haven’t read. I always meant to try her. I find it encouraging you love the characters even if this wasn’t your favorite in the series.

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  9. Jennifer
    Jan 19, 2021 @ 14:15:08

    I’ve read some of these, but fewer than half. And I don’t know why, because I always enjoy them. Your review will have me picking them up again.

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  10. Karen
    Jan 28, 2021 @ 12:46:21

    I’ve enjoyed her books from the onset but The Lost Boys is not up to her earlier writings. The audio book is stilted and jerky but perhaps the written version is better. Too many story lines that seem to go nowhere and all but one unanswered. A disappointment…

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  11. Karen
    Jan 28, 2021 @ 12:53:41

    Shelley’s, this book was first published in 2021 😉

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