Lost in Carmel by Terri Lee – Review by Sarah Oakes

Lost in CarmelLost in Carmel by Terri Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about recovery. Natalie Hampton has always been a Hollywood movie star, living a life made of lies. In a bad mental state, she ends up in Rome. She is unsure at first, but with small steps and the help of new friends she makes her way into recovery and finding her true self. But when Hollywood lies find their way into Roman paradise, will Natalie return unscathed?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn’t put down. Well developed characters like Natalie finding her feet but strong underneath. Her journey of discovery and the scenes with the therapist Anne were moving and powerful, with a relatable and emotive depiction of mental illness and its struggles and small steps wonderfully written. Great cast of supporting character like the kind Anne or the funny but caring friend Monty or the sweet Nico.
I loved the visual detail throughout he novel like with the piazza with its little cobbled streets and cates full of life and people. Or the sky throughout the novel with its bold and vivid colours beautifully written.
I also loved the use of Italy with its food and culture and people given the respect it deserves and giving the novel a sense of character. I liked the use of time with the dates in chapter titles to help differentiate between past and present. The flashbacks worked well to display what happened and didn’t disrupt from the narrative of the present. I also liked the use of suspense with small details revealed slowly to keep you reading to find out what happened. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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