One Was Lost

One Was Lost

by Natalie D. Richards

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Stranded in the woods, they might not be as alone as they thought....

Damaged, Deceptive, Dangerous, Darling. When a group of teens wake up in the woods, these words are inked onto their skin. Are they labels? A warning? They must find the truth before a killer finds them.

While on a mandatory senior field trip, a flash flood cuts off Sera and three classmates from their group with no way to call for help. But they're not as alone as they thought...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492615750
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 47,014
Lexile: HL610L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

After years as a professional paper-pusher, NATALIE D. RICHARDS decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. She lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her husband, three children, and a ridiculously furry dog named Yeti. This is her second novel. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at

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One Was Lost 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
CarolineA More than 1 year ago
One Was Lost is my second Natalie D. Richard’s novel and will not be my last. First - look at that cover! That screams thriller. I actually get kind of a Blair Witch vibe from it, which isn’t too far off the mark. The basic premise is a group of kids (and two teachers) lost in the woods with a killer on the loose. They’re drugged, wake to have words written on their arms, and nobody knows who to trust. The way this book starts, we’re thrown into the story. Sera is on a “Senior Life Experience” camping trip with 4 classmates and two teachers. Early on the group gets separated, leaving Sera with Mr. Walker (a teacher), Emily (a girl with unexplained bruises), Jude (a rich boy with a set of gay dads and a chip on his shoulder), and Lucas (the boy Sera has history with, that she’s been trying to avoid for months). In the other group are Ms. Brightman (another teacher), and Madison and Hayley, who are sort of interchangeable to Sera. Richards doesn’t info dump like a lot of authors do, spending pages at the beginning explaining backstory and characterization. Instead, we’re thrown in with these kids and slowly get to know them over the course of the novel. Immediately we know how Sera feels about each of her classmates, though we don’t really know the why’s just yet. It isn’t until the end of the book that I really understood all of the characters. By the end I’d also felt like I experienced this ordeal with them, and it was interesting to see how their experiences changed them. The mystery in this novel is awesome. Just like the kids in the book, I had multiple suspects in mind as I read through. My theories of whodunnit fell on each of the students and teachers in turn, and even at one point went to, “this is all planned by the teachers to mess with the kids.” I think this story possibly could have benefited from starting a touch sooner, to include the ghost stories told around the campfire that are mentioned throughout the story, but we as the reader didn’t experience. But I really don’t think the story lacked anything not including that scene. It just would have been nice to have more “on camera” time with the other group who Sera is separated from early on. As with the previous Richards book I read, My Secret To Tell, she shines at characterization. She throws little pieces of the characters back story at the reader, giving them time to absorb before handing over another piece of the story. We know from the beginning that Sera’s mom left, but it isn’t until the end that we know why. We know Sera has a history with Lucas, but we don’t know what that history entails and who was at fault. By the end I completely understood Sera and why she acted the way she did throughout the story, and I appreciated where her character development left her by the last page. I also give props to Richards for including a diverse cast. Sera is Lebanese. I believe Jude is African American, and Emily may be non-caucasisian as well. The way Richards writes, skin color is not a top priority. The characters are just people, three-dimensional characters. Sera may not be of European descent like me, but I could put myself in her shoes and relate to her. Do I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY! This is a fast paced, mystery thriller with well-defined characters. I know I’ll be getting my hands on the rest of Natalie D. Richard’s publications. I received an advanced e-copy of this book from the publisher and NetGally in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a book that has suspense and a crazy climax, this one is for you. With so many twist and turns, it's nearly impossible to put the book down.
Leigh_Anne More than 1 year ago
This book has a wonderful, eerie, atmosphere, and a quick moving plot. A fun read that really keeps you on edge. A group of teens, who are mostly vague acquaintances, go on a school camping trip. They end up stranded in a remote, isolated, forest. That's bad enough, but then they begin to realize that they're the pawns in someone's sick game. A game that no one understands, but the one thing is's meant to terrify them, and drive them into a fight for survival that will test all of their mental, and physical limits. They don't know who to trust, not even amongst themselves. They are propelled into a horrifying experience that will make them explore in depth the bizarre labels scrawled on their arms while they slept. DANGEROUS - Lucas...tall, charming, but with a frightening violent edge. DAMAGED - Emily...quiet, very watchful, and darkly secretive. DECEPTIVE - Jude...privileged, aloof, musically gifted, and walled off from everyone. DARLING - Sera...encouraging, helpful, controlled, always directing, but also battling her own private demons. No one appears to have chosen to participate in this terrifying game of cat and mouse, but everyone is under suspicion. Is their sadistic tormentor one of them? Or a shadowy unknown figure lurking in the expanse of the forest? One way or another, they begin to learn things about each other, and themselves as they try to maneuver the dark, twisted, trap they're caught in. They don't know who did this, or why, but it quickly becomes apparent that the stakes are life and death. I honestly could not put this book down! It kept me guessing, and I loved how the plot twisted and turned. One Was Lost is a PERFECT spooky read for October.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I don't usually read thrillers ,(because I'm too chicken) but I decided to take a chance on this book and I was not disappointed. I can't wait to read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the book in one evening. Great author.
PriceGirls More than 1 year ago
One Was Lost is an amazing, heart pumping, oh-my-God-they-are-all-going-to-die, read. By the first page I was utterly entranced and found the book impossible to put down. The beginning drops you right into the story, but unlike other books, this was done perfectly without the story being rushed or the characters underdeveloped. You will be mislead, scared, paranoid, and second guessing everyone and everything. The panic you will inevitably feel along side the characters as they flee, well ... stumble their way through the woods, will get your adrenaline going. This is just one of those books you wish will someday turn into a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book I read of Natalie Richards and I can't wait to read more of her books I love love this book i couldn't put it down .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all of Richards' novels to date, but this my favorite.
13835877 More than 1 year ago
One Was Lost was my first experience with any of Natalie Richards’s works and I must say, I was extremely pleased. I could not put this book down once I started because Natalie Richards had me on the edge of my seat the entire way through Sera’s story. There are so many things I want to say about One Was Lost, but I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who have not yet read the book. My family is big into camping, so I have a lot of experience in the woods and typically feel very comfortable. After reading One Was Lost, I may be looking over my shoulder during my next camping trip. This book had me constantly guessing at what was going to happen next and what or who could possibly be hiding in the woods. Besides the edge-of-your-seat suspense that this story is made of, there is also some history and romance going on between Sera and Lucas. To be honest, I was pulling for Lucas from the very beginning. It is obvious that Sera cares for him, but is hesitant to allow herself anything that could possibly contain real feelings out of the fear that she will turn into her mother. All of the characters in this story are so easy to relate to, but at the same time you are constantly guessing at what secrets they are holding back. And then that plot twist at the end…HOLY COW! I won’t say anything more, so as not to ruin the suspe
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Voluntarily read and reviewed an arc of this book. Thanks to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to read and review One was lost by Natalie D. Richards. The first two chapters show the setting and describe the main and surrounding characters. The action and suspense begins in the third chapter. There's some kind of animosity between Sera and Lucas that comes to light a little at a time. As I read, I learned more about the four main characters and the struggles each of them has in their lives. Being in a forest is a perfect setting for a horror story and the bridge washing out helped move the danger of being stranded along. Nice steady pacing of the mystery and suspense. The book kept me wondering to the end. Great horror story for young adults, 5 stars!
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
A school trip in the woods goes horribly wrong. Four students wake up groggy, late in the day, with words on their wrists. What do they mean, how did they get there and why did nobody wake up when someone was writing on them? Sera is one of the students, can she trust the others in her group and what about her teacher? Why won't he wake up at all anymore? Has someone been at their camp? They are all alone in the woods without food, water or adult help. How will they survive and what if they aren't alone in those woods, what if someone's after them? One Was Lost is a gripping story with plenty of surprising elements. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. Natalie D. Richards kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. I loved the main characters, they made the story for me, especially Sera. She is a strong person. She's clever, courageous and resourceful. Sera and several other students get in a lot of trouble when they are on a camping trip in the wood, which is a fantastic topic for a story. It's a supposedly haunted place because of something awful that happened years ago and that part of the story made it even extra eerie for me. Sera has no idea who's good or bad and who's playing tricks with her and her fellow students. It's clear from the start that someone is messing with them, but this person is going too far for it to be a game or a joke, it's obvious from the start that their problem is serious and I was really curious to find out what would happen to the students. I couldn't wait to find out if they would survive their scary camping trip in the woods. Natalie D. Richards has an easy flowing writing style. She's great at building tension and One Was Lost is filled with unexpected twists and turns. I love being spooked and this book definitely had that effect on me. Being alone in the woods while someone can see you when you can't see them is really creepy. I loved the idea of the story and the execution is fabulous. I highly recommend One Was Lost, it's a terrific sinister thriller.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.) “Your blood is on our hands.” This was a YA mystery/suspense story, about a group of kids attacked whilst on a camping trip. Sera was an okay character, although we didn’t really find out all that much about her. We knew that her parents were divorced, that she looked like her mother, and had some problem with a boy who was also on the trip (Lucas), but other than that we were in the dark a bit. The storyline in this was about Sera, three other students, and a teacher getting separated from two other students and a teacher during a storm whilst on a camping trip. Sera, Lucas, Jude and Emily then woke up to find their stuff destroyed, their teacher drugged, and random words written on their arms – Damaged, Deceptive, Dangerous, and Darling. We then got the mystery of what had happened to them, who had done it, and whether they should be worried about that someone returning. The story was quite well done though, with lots of questions over who was out there and who could be trusted, although the romance wasn’t really necessary. The ending to this was okay, and I didn’t guess who the killer was. 7 out of 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very adventurous and creepy. The plot is very interesting and original. It is a very quick read due to the amount of suspense brought up in the plot. There is also a love story woven into the plot which always makes a story a little better. Highly recommend if looking for a mystery/ suspense book.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
“One Was Lost” is a good book for those looking for a fast, creepy read. The story begins immediately, without much explanation as to the backstory of the characters or the situation they’re in. All of that is explained over the course of the book. I would describe the plot as one of the current PG-13 horror movies out there. It isn’t something complex, but it delivers on the chills and jumps. The cover pretty much sums up the mood. I recommend “One Was Lost” for those looking for a fun and fast read that may leave them afraid to turn off the lights. This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading Natalie Richards books. When I saw this one I automatically added it to my "wish" list. Thankfully my niece bought it before me and let me read it first :). I never went on a senior trip when I was in school, but if I did I would not want it to be camping! That is for sure. Not only because I don't like camping, but the woods scare me. I love them during the day, but when night time hits it's time for a hotel :). Anyhow - that is what Sera's senior trip is. Backpacking in the woods. I knew right away it was going to be creepy. Nothing good ever happens in the woods in books. hehe. That is what drew me in. One day during their trip it rained and rained, and when they tried to cross the river, lake (whatever it was) they knew right away everyone wasn't going to make it because the water was rising too fast. So, the group separates and they decide to wait until morning to do anything. Everyone sets up camp, but Sera and her group wake up all groggy with their teacher out like a light and words written on all of their arms. Everyone has a "damaging" word except Sera. Sera has "Darling" written on her arm. The boys and her friend have Deceptive, Damaged, and Dangerous written on them. Immediately everyone thinks that Sera might have something to do with what happened. When they group is unable to arouse their teacher, they try and go see if the other group is still alive and waiting on them. What they find is horrifying. The story only gets creepier and creepier. I loved it. I was 100% sure I had "the bad guy" down, and then a curve ball was sent in. It was fantastic. If you like creepy, backpack toting, relationship weirdness, scary woods, and bad will enjoy this book. I really enjoy Richard's writing style. I love how to life she brings her books and her characters. Especially in this book. She always surprises me with her endings which I love, love, love. October is the month for creepy books, so do yourself a favor and read this one :). Source: I borrowed this book from my niece. I was not compensated in any way for my review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book. Content: Some language, and creepy happenings, but not unbearable.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
In One Was Lost, author Natalie Richards does an admirable job of portraying four teens’ fear, increasing paranoia and mounting distress as they must survive in the wild, during a hike gone terribly wrong. Sera didn’t want to sign up for the camping trip, nor did she want to be cut off from civilization for this long, but her teacher talked her into it. Now she’s here, along with two teachers and several other students, one of them being Lucas – a boy she could fall in love with, if only she’d left herself. After crossing a river during particularly heavy rain, the group gets split up – two girls and one teacher on one side, Sera, Lucas, Jude, Emily and another teacher on the other side. But when they wake up the next day, the campsite across the river is empty. They slept half the day away – obviously drugged. Their teacher is still out cold. They all have tattoos on their arms: Deceptive, Dangerous, Damaged and Darling. Sera is Darling, which immediately rouses the others’ suspicions. Then they see a finger dangling from a tree at the other camp site. Whatever is going on, someone wants to hurt them. Kill them, maybe. As the culprit continues leaving eerie clues, the paranoia rises, and Sera must decide who, if anyone, she can trust, how she’ll survive this ordeal, and who wants to hurt them. The book definitely has a lot of good points. I enjoyed the descriptions, and the author did a good job painting realistic characters. The plot was very engaging, particularly in the first half. I couldn’t wait to find out who or what was targeting Sera and the others. Also, with Sera no longer sure who she could trust, the plot definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. I did have issues with some things, though. For example, the ending. The culprit. I figured that one out from the start, and it was rather dissapointing. Not that realistic either, and it just didn’t seem developed enough – why them, why now, sure, some of it was explained but I wanted a better explanation. It just seemed far-fetched. Also, the plot dragged in the middle. The characters argued a lot – too much, if you ask me. If you know a madman’s out to get you, you won’t argue about what to do for half an hour first. Anyway, it was an enjoyable, suspenseful read, and I would recommend it if you enjoy YA thrillers/mysteries, especially ones set in the forest. Although parts of it were predictable, I still enjoyed reading the book. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5 One Was Lost is the fourth book from Natalie Richards. A group of high school seniors head out on an end of year camping trip. An unexpected flash flood separates the group into two - on either side of the river. The bedraggled second group (consisting of a teacher and four students) beds down for the night, resting up for what tomorrow might bring. What tomorrow brings is a group that has been drugged, a teacher that won't wake up and words inked onto each teen's arm. Damaged, Deceptive, Dangerous, Darling. Uh, huh. There's someone in the woods. Playing games - with their lives. "Lucas was right. This is a trap, a carefully constructed production. And we played our parts to perfection." One Was Lost absolutely brought a slasher teen flick to mind. The kind where you want to yell at the characters to not go into the woods alone. (and someone always does) Richards does a good job of casting suspicion on every character as the book progresses. Interactions between the four - who were not friends before the trip - also adds to the confusion and doubt. Who can they trust?And it wouldn't be a YA book without the obligatory romantic subplot. Our main character Sera has fallen for local bad boy Luke, but the path to true love is a rocky one. Very rocky if you're stuck in the woods with a maniac trying to kill you. The whodunit is a bit far-fetched, but provides a nice little twist at the end. But the journey there was an enjoyable, easy read. For me, YA fiction is fun escapist reading. One Was Lost was the perfect one night read for a dark and stormy night. (and the cover telegraphs that too) My only quibble would be the recommendation of One Was Lost by the publisher to fans of Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood. Ware's work is an adult novel that really cannot be compared to this YA book. But I think teens will love it
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Six students and two teachers go on a hiking trip into a forest. Due to a huge storm, they are separated. The river is starting to rise and all of them can't make it across in time. . Four students and a teacher on one side and two students and a teacher on the other side. No big deal. The river will go down soon as it has stopped raining. They all set up their camp sites and go to sleep. The next afternoon (yes afternoon, not morning) is when things start to become strange and scary. And that's also the moment when my heart beat starts to elevate. There are six people in this group. Is one of them trying to hurt them or has someone decided they want them off their property? I've just finished reading this book and my heart is still racing, my body is shaking and my breathing is a little faster than it should be. This is what I would call a really good book. So many suspects!! And the things that this person does are certifiably insane. There is definitely a nut case running wild in these woods, but who could it be? I couldn't guess and I'm glad. I love it that way. This is a YA book, but I believe adults would enjoy it as well. These are senior kids but they are pretty mature with only slight teenage angst. Huge thanks to Sourcebook Fire and to Net Galley for providing me a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
What was supposed to be a meaningful Senior Experience turns into a nightmare when Sera and her friends find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere, in unfamiliar terrain, with half of their group missing, their supplies vandalized or stolen, and their adult camp leader drugged into unconsciousness. Clearly someone is after them, but why? Do they want someone in particular? And what is their end game? Will they all make it out alive? YA suspense/thriller is a genre that I’ve only recently gotten a lot of exposure to, but this was really, really good. The characters were well fleshed out, the relationships and connections felt natural. And the overall story was pretty intense. Much more so than a lot of the adult suspense/mystery/thriller’s I’ve read this year. The best YA thriller I’ve read this year, to be sure. A couple things to note. A lot of it was predictable. If you’ve watched any horror movies, you know what kind of bad decisions the “prey” always make, and that same pattern was evident here. There were several moments of me yelling at them “Don’t go that way!” or “It’s a trap, don’t fall for it!”. But they did. Every. Time. And while the whodunit wasn’t obvious right away, the clue that gave it away was super obvious (even if it was well-placed near the end). And once I got it, it fizzled for me. Somehow the end felt anti-climactic. But. On the whole, it was excellent. And I’d definitely recommend it. Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I do love a creepy story and this sounded perfectly delicious...and for me, it delivered. I really liked the four MCs. It's Sera's head we're in, but the one person POV makes it easy to suspect everyone. It felt like every time I had it figured out, something else would happen. It doesn't get much creepier than the woods and the plot takes off pretty much right from the beginning. There were some interesting twists and a couple of character reveals I didn't see coming. Not to mention an ending that was satisfying. Overall, a quick, tension filled story. And yes, I'm being vague on purpose. **Huge thanks to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**