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Children lost, children found and the emotional turmoil between.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, so it’s no surprise the lost child narrative has torn away at heartstrings throughout the history of storytelling. On the flipside, a child found can open up an assortment of questions, complexities and apprehensions of its own. Here are some books that deal with the fallout of vanishing and surfacing children.

  • The haunting new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalk Man.

  • Inspired by a real case, Half Moon Lake is a captivating historical novel set in America's Deep South about a lost boy - and the two mothers who both seek to claim him.

  • The new must-read standalone crime thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, THE WIDOW, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, THE CHILD - featuring unforgettable journalist, Kate Waters.

  • Opening with an act of inexplicable violence, Idaho is a stunning debut about loss, grief and redemption

  • This mesmerizing Australian novel has been a bestselling book around the world, and Hollywood movie rights were recently snapped up by Dreamworks, with David Heyman (Harry Potter) set to produce. It is the winner of three prestigious ABIA awards, including their 'Book of the Year', and also won the Indie Awards' 'Book of the Year'.

  • A gripping, atmospheric novel from the acclaimed author of What Came Before that asks: how much should you do to help a stranger’s child?

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