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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (499 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lucy Ferriss Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Brooke O’Connor—elegant, self-possessed, and kind—has a happy marriage and a deeply loved young daughter. So her adamant refusal to have a second child confounds her husband, Sean. When Brooke’s high school boyfriend, Alex—now divorced and mourning the death of his young son—unexpectedly resurfaces, Sean begins to suspect an affair.

For fifteen years Brooke has kept a shameful secret from everyone she loves. Only Alex knows the truth that drove them apart. His reappearance now threatens the life she has so carefully constructed and fortified by denial. With her marriage—and her emotional equilibrium—at stake, Brooke must confront what she has been unwilling to face for so long.

But the truth is not what Brooke believes it to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Lost Daughter delivers the goods: flawed but sympathetic characters and a plot that will keep readers turning the pages voraciously.”

    Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ferriss’ latest is a deeply emotional book with lyrical writing…a modern story with deep underlayers. The characters, deeply flawed but very human, draw you in. They’re making choices blindly, since they never can see the future clearly, and then they must live with the results as they come.”

    RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)

  • “An emotionally riveting story of reliving mistakes, seeking redemption, and finally facing the consequences of a difficult decision…Lost Daughter manages to be a romantic family novel with a palpable atmosphere of impending calamity.”


  • “An unflinching study of parenthood…convincing, Franzen-style realism…a powerful domestic novel.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Traci | 2/19/2014

    " A beautifully written book about guilt and secrecy and it's effect on one woman's life and marriage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/12/2014

    " kind of disturbing, the couple gets rid of a newborn baby & it was pretty graphic. I would not recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/11/2014

    " 3.5 stars. Contrary to some reviews, I had no problem with the tone, language, topic or descriptions in this book...in fact that's what I liked most about it. Brooke is married with a daughter, and much to her husband's disappointment refuses to have a second child- the real reason she keeps from everyone. When Brooke's high school boyfriend comes back into town their past secret together resurfaces. Both eventually come to terms with what happened in the hotel with Brooke's first pregnancy 15 years earlier. Alex thinks he committed murder but Brooke believes the baby was already dead. Both must find the truth in order to make some sense of their lives. What they find is not what either of them expected. I felt the most frustrated by Brooke's character and hoped and wished for more for Alex...and Nadya. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carole Isoe | 2/2/2014

    " Really great book could not stop reading "

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About the Author

Lucy Ferriss has been writing fiction, poetry, and literary criticism for many years. In addition to six previous novels—including The Lost Daughter—and a collection of short fiction, she has also published a work of literary criticism and dozens of short stories, poems, articles, essays, and book reviews. She currently teaches at Trinity College and lives in Connecticut and the Massachusetts Berkshires.