Unfortunately Long Lost is the latest in a string of increasingly depressing novels that I have found a difficult time completing, let alone enjoying.
Years ago, Brad Denning sent his younger brother, who wanted to do nothing more than hang out with his older brother and his friends, home from a local park. Giving in to peer pressure, Brad's last glimpse of his eight-year-old brother was of Petey pedaling down the street on his way home with his head hanging down. But, Petey never made it and the family was shattered. Soon his father spiraled into a drunken stupor, lost his job and then his life in a fatal car crash. They were forced to move in with his Mother's parents and she slowly shriveled away and died. Brad, while outwardly appearing successful and running his own thriving architectural business is haunted by the dreams and the guilt over his actions. Over the years, he has given the occasional media interview connected with his business and has spoken of his long lost brother.
After the nationwide broadcast of a popular Sunday morning news program, several people who claim to be his brother contact him. They quickly prove to be scam artists. Then, outside his building he is hailed by a man who he does not recognize. The man appears to be homeless, but knows details only his brother would know. Slowly, over several hours he begins to believe the man in and accepts him as his brother. He takes the man in as his brother and begins to help him turn his life around. Then, the man disappears with Brad's wife, Kate and his son, Jason and the hunt begins for his missing family.Read more ›