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Peek Inside Lost Girls

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. And as much as her dark, dangerous new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. But wherever she’s been—whomever she’s been with—isn’t done with her yet…

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Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: She’s popular. She wears nothing but black.
Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad: sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves. The rush of the fight, the thrill of the win―something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…


"A concise, bold crime tale that, even in its darkest moments, shines with brilliance." – Kirkus Reviews

"Lost Girls is full of mystery, meltable romance, and gritty magnetism. I seriously couldn't put it down." ~Rachel A. Marks, Amazon Best-Selling Author of DARKNESS BRUTAL

"This has got to be the best YA Contemporary Thriller that I have read so far this year." ~Lauren's Page Turners

"Had my heart racing the whole time!" ~ Christy, Goodreads review

"I was immediately hooked on this story and finished the book as fast as I could." ~Kelly, Goodreads review

"Overall, this was a really fantastic, albeit dark, read, and I was absolutely captivated solving the mystery of her past and disappearance..." ~Olivia, Goodreads review

"I knew that Lost Girls was going to be an interesting read, but I didn't expect it to be so totally engrossing!" ~Lovey Dovey Books

"The author keeps you on the edge of your seat with the feeling of unease, with the idea that Rachel can't be safe until she remembers what happened to her." ~Jennifer, Goodreads review

"I was hooked from start to finish, and even after the book concluded, I was still ready for more...If you're looking for a book that will get you out of a reading slump and has so much intensity that you will read through the night, then you need to read Lost Girls." ~Jillian, Rant And Rave About Books

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756069
Release Date: Jan 3, 2017
Page Count: 320
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary, mystery & suspense, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, fish out of water, overcoming odds, redemption

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By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) January 23, 2016

Once I started Lost Girls, I read two-thirds of it in a single sitting. (And I read the remainder in another single sitting.) I just couldn't turn away from the characters, the gorgeous writing, and dark, insidious mystery at the heart of the novel.

If you like the ballet, especially Swan Lake, t... ...more

By MissBecka October 30, 2018

This book was awesome!
It was exciting, didn't reveal too much too soon and the MC was the right amount of spunky and naive. (view spoiler) ...more

By Siobhan December 30, 2016

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano was a great read and one I had a very hard time putting down.

The premise of this book sucked me in and I was intrigued from the very first page. I loved how the author got stuck right into the story straight away and it captured and held my attention the entire time... ...more

By Jillian November 29, 2016

* I received a copy from the publicist via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

First, I want to say that I have yet to read a book from Entangled Publishing that has disappointed me. I have loved every book they sent me so far, and Lost Girl is my absolute favorite. I was hooked from star... ...more

By Shelley December 27, 2016

*Source* NetGalley/Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Contemporary
*Rating* 4

*My Thoughts*

Merrie Destefano's Lost Girls is a story that will grab your attention from the very first page, and won't let go until the last page of the story. It is a story that is being compared to Black Swan meets Fight Cl... ...more

By Lilly (Lair Of Books) December 08, 2016

5 EPIC STARS TO LOST GIRLS!!!! the synopsis truly captures what this book is about at it's foundation...Its totally Black Swan meets Fight Club in the BEST way possible! I'm going to need more from this author. Full gush review to come on my blog (Link is in the bio)...


By Lauren November 09, 2016

Note: I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in return for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

This has got to be the best YA Contemporary Thriller that I have read so far this year. It is a unique book that tackles subjects that I have never seen in a book. It is als... ...more

By Elizabeth December 31, 2016

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammys quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesnt recognize the person shes become: shes popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to co...

By Olivia February 09, 2017

"Lost Girls" is a captivating YA mystery/thriller that begins with Rachel waking up in a ditch after falling asleep in her bed at home. She soon learns that she is missing a year of her memories but has been missing herself for 2 weeks, thought to be the victim of a serial kidnapper. She finds tr... ...more

By Alexa December 24, 2018

This was so much fun to read. YA, female Fight club but with enough differences that made this book unique. I enjoyed all the twists and turns and could not wait to find out how the story would end.
Lost Girls was such a surprise! I have no idea why I always think unknown books will be terrible.... ...more

By Rachel September 27, 2016

This book you guys. This. Book. I cannot WAIT for 2017. Even better the 2nd time through!!! ...more

By Kristin December 21, 2016

Rachel goes missing for two weeks, shows up battered in a ditch, and has lost an entire year of her memory. She has no idea what has happened over the last year but she soon realizes that she's not the same girl she was a year ago. Instead of light colors, dancing ballet, and listening to Taylor... ...more

By Sam (Clues and Reviews) February 06, 2017

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When Rachel fell asleep she was nervously preparing for her geometry final; when she wakes up she is in a ditch, bloody and bruised. A year of her life is missing. As she begins to piece things together, she doesnt... ...more

By Kelly November 20, 2016

Rachel went missing for two weeks and when she comes back, she can't remember a single thing from the previous year. A year that turns out to have contained some big and crucial changes for Rachel. She sets out on a journey to recover her memories. She discovers she was not the only girl to go mi... ...more

By Lovey Dovey Books March 02, 2017

Originally published at Lovey Dovey Books

I knew that Lost Girls was going to be an interesting read, but I didn't expect it to be so totally engrossing! Merrie Destefano writes to capture attention and holds it by engaging readers thoroughly as Rachel's dark tale unfolds.

Rachel comes to conscious... ...more

By Christy December 12, 2016

Had my heart racing the whole time! This one is definitely worth your read!

The problem is, everyone, from my parents to my teachers to the police, says that stuff didnt happen yesterday. It happened last year.

Rachel just woke up and found herself in an unfamiliar life. Sure, she still has the sam... ...more

By Jamie❤Books December 03, 2018

☆☆☆☆☆ 5 Fighting Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

Man I was not expecting this to be so good!! Thank you Merrie Destefano!!

Imaging waking up in a ditch and nothing about your life is what you remember. Good girl kicks ass and justice!! ...more

By Roxanne March 03, 2017

First rule is do not talk about it.. I loved every minute of this book. What an interesting concept. ...more

By Mandy January 03, 2017

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for allowing me to get my hands on this amazing book.

Rachel goes to bed a normal teenager girl, listening to Taylor Swift and praying that she won't fail geometry. Awaking in a ditch and finding out she's been missing for two weeks is disturbing enough on... ...more

By Amber August 02, 2016

I can't wait to read this one! ...more

By Teddi February 02, 2017

I hardly ever pay full price (in this case $5.99) for a digital book. Maybe that's not fair to authors, but putting money out on entertainment isn't a priority for me. I saw Merrie Destefano sharing on Facebook what others were saying about her book, and their comments caught my attention. I enjo... ...more

By Sydney (sydneysshelves) December 18, 2016

I'm here today to chat about Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano. This fast paced novel was realeased on Tuesday January 3rd and I highly suggest you run out the door right now and go buy it. There aren't many YA Mystery/Thrillers out there. I usually have to reach for the adult mystery section when I... ...more

By Stephanie January 04, 2017

4.5 Stars

'Lost Girls' is an exciting young adult thriller that will leave the reader breathless. The author did a fantastic job creating mystery upon mystery that slowly unravel throughout the book. I really loved that the main character - Rachel - has amnesia, because it allows us the feeling of... ...more

By Kristine December 27, 2016

Original review can be found at

** I received an advanced readers copy from Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

Lost Girls is one of those books where the less you know going in the better. The synopsis gives enough of an indication... ...more

By Sarah January 03, 2017

I don't often read young adult novels, but every once in awhile I read one that convinces me to read more. This is one of them. Dark, fanciful, and engaging. I had such a hard time putting it down. It's a great story about friendship... and fighting. How far down you can fall when you make a few... ...more

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Merrie Destefano

About the author

Merrie Destefano

Born in the Midwest, former magazine editor Merrie Destefano currently lives in Southern California with her husband, two German shepherds, a Siamese cat, and the occasional wandering possum. Her favorite hobbies are reading speculative fiction and watching old Star Trek episodes, and her incurable addiction is writing. She loves to camp in the mountains, walk on the beach, watch old movies, and listen to alternative music—although rarely all at the same time.

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