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The Saints of the Lost and Found
     

The Saints of the Lost and Found

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by T. M. Causey
 

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T. M. Causey is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling Author Toni McGee Causey of the Bobbie Faye Series fame. A screenwriter, she began her career writing for magazines, including Redbook and Mademoiselle. She lives and writes in New Orleans, where she and her husband, Carl, are renovating a building in the French Quarter. You can visit her at www.ToniMcGeeCausey.com

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T. M. Causey is the pen name of USA Today Bestselling Author Toni McGee Causey of the Bobbie Faye Series fame. A screenwriter, she began her career writing for magazines, including Redbook and Mademoiselle. She lives and writes in New Orleans, where she and her husband, Carl, are renovating a building in the French Quarter. You can visit her at www.ToniMcGeeCausey.com.

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Publishers Weekly
03/21/2016
Avery Marie Broussard, the narrator of this repetitive novel from Causey (Bobbie Faye's Very (Very, Very, Very) Bad Day), comes from a family of con artists with unusual gifts. Avery "sees" people's losses, objects as well as less tangible things. This is a useful tool for her greedy mother and her grifter father, who knows when and how any person he meets is going to die. Avery runs away from her home in Saint Michael's, La., after trying—but failing—to help the FBI save victims of the Little Princess Killer. She returns to Saint Michael's when her father tells her that her big brother, Latham, will die unless she comes home. But home is also where divorced single dad Jack Thibodaux lives—the man she loves but whom her father has foreseen will kill her. Causey wrings out every drop of extreme emotion as Latham suffers from his "gift" of seeing the dead, Avery and Jack are caught in the push-pull of attraction and dread, and the LPK case won't go away. Causey's overwrought prose may be too much for some readers. (Mar.)
RT Book Reviews - Terri Dukes
This is one of the best books I've read in months. (4.5 Stars)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937054243
Publisher:
RoadRunner Press
Publication date:
03/08/2016
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
477,989
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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The Saints of the Lost and Found 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
writermom17 More than 1 year ago
Avery Broussard finds lost things. Some she has searched for, others show up like a bullet in her side when she gets too close to other people. A child of grifters who didn’t ask permission to use her “gift”, she’s now an adult, running from failure towards danger and not able to avoid it because the danger concerns her brother Latham. She needs to go home to Louisiana, or he will die. And so might she. The Saints of the Lost and Found is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. T M Causey has created three dimensional characters with heart, soul, and vulnerability and placed them in a situation that is not resolved until the very last page. Avery and her brother share a history that comes to light bit by bit, and Avery’s own deeply hidden lost things emerge from the shadows as she searches for a way to save her brother, avoid a past love and prevent the unexpected from claiming her as a final victim. The author uses the small town of St Michaels, Avery’s sometime home, to add in superstition, family secrets, and the worth of true friends when everything else goes sour. Mystery, suspense, and even a touch of gothic horror all combine to make this a page-turning read, as well as giving the reader a protagonist to fear for, agonize with, and believe in. My first thought after reading the last sentence? I could read this book again. It’s that good.
ErinAlford More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this story. Avery is a smart tough woman who's been through hell and survived. It's a great story about love, loss, family and friendship. Highly recommended!!
heathercm2001 More than 1 year ago
Creepy. Terrifying at times. Amazing! T.M. Causey constructed a masterpiece with this book. It was beautifully complex, and full of shocking surprises. I was genuinely creeped out quite a few times. While the book had a lot of sadness and pain, it was full of intrigue and I couldn't put it down. If you are looking for something that will keep you guessing, this is definitely a book for you. Just keep in mind it is not for the faint of heart. This book goes to some very dark places. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
KNewton More than 1 year ago
After reading every Bobbie Faye book and short story available, I’ve looked forward to this new book from Toni McGee Causey for a long time. While it is a different genre and significantly darker than her previous books, I enjoyed it just as much. One of the things I love about Toni McGee Causey’s writing is that she gets you into the mind of the protagonist so deeply that you get to live the story through their eyes. Not only does that make for compelling and suspenseful storytelling, but it also reveals the fears and insecurities that make her characters so very human. Whether I am experiencing the outrageous hijinks of Bobbie Faye or the paranormal gifts of Avery Broussard, what resonates with me are the very real stories of family, love, loss and hope. At the core of this story are a brother and sister plagued by gifts they didn’t ask for and damaged by a history of family deceit and deception. As dark and difficult as their journey is, their strength in protecting each other and their community is what keeps us rooting for them. The first time through Avery’s story was an ‘I can’t put this book down’ race to the end. The plot was twisty and unexpected and I couldn’t wait to see how it would resolve. The next time I read it I’ll be able to slow down and savor the vivid descriptions and rich characterizations. It’s Avery’s curse to see the loss, sadness and longing that all of the characters carry with them wherever they go. Seeing those images through her eyes brings depth to the characters and makes this story complex and satisfying. I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. In getting to read this novel a few months early, I know I got the better end of that deal! I highly recommend this book.
dbgVA More than 1 year ago
Wow!! That was the word that popped into my head as I finished this book. I loved Causey's Bobbie Faye books and knew this one wasn't in the same genre. Wasn't sure what to expect, an author that writes crazy dramedy like Bobbie Faye doesn't usually turn around and write something so vastly different and do it well. Causey not only did it well, she excelled. Loved this book! Can't wait to see what she writes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for the light hearted Bobby Faye, you won't find her here. Avery is a deep, serious well formed character. There was never a point in the book where I felt like I could put it down and walk away. The story kept me enthralled from start to finish. Well done!
Storytellermary More than 1 year ago
_Saints of the Lost and Found_ by T. M. Causey An amazing book, with many twisty plot lines woven together and finished off perfectly. I was so caught up in Causey's _Saints of the Lost and Found_ that I stayed awake far too late and in the morning had to read more before I could go to weaving class at the Art Museum. Perhaps it was the influence of that weaving class that made the many surprises seem like threads twisting, turning, connecting, separating, in the hands of a skilled weaver of tales. What could so easily have become a tangled mess became instead a tapestry of snow, roses, red shoes, love, loss, trust, wolves and family, and cups of tea. I was warned this tale would be dark, and it was in places, but with a light of goodness and care for others shining through. Sleep called urgently, and I finally put the book down, telling myself, “They’ll be all right, all will be well,” a promise I can only make to myself if I really trust the author. I did and I do; this is an excellent book, from beginning to end, exploring the gifts that might not feel like gifts and the ones that really are.
deborahblakeNY More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make right off the bat: I never intended to read Toni McGee Causey's (aka T. M. Causey) book, THE SAINTS OF THE LOST AND FOUND. Not because I didn't expect it to be good--I'd read a number of Toni's earlier humorous cozy mysteries and liked them a lot, and the book has been getting amazing buzz. But because it was the kind of book I don't read. Way darker than I am normally comfortable with, and with a lot of topics I avoid like the plague, including serial killers, abused women, and dead children. But I thought I'd just try the first few pages. But then I ran into an unexpected problem. The book isn't just good--it's GREAT. So great that I couldn't stop reading it, even when it pushed me well past my comfort zones. Toni's earlier books were lovely; light, frothy, amusing entertainment. This? This is a damned masterpiece. The writing was stellar, the characters enthralling, the story so intense that I had to keep reading to find out what happened. And while I'm going to warn y'all that there are definitely some trigger warnings for this book, it is also well worth reading. I am giving it my highest possible recommendation. She calls this book "Southern Gothic Suspense." I call it one of the best books I have ever read in my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is well written but I preferred her Bobby Fae books.
KelliJo More than 1 year ago
BrandeeC More than 1 year ago
I received an advanced copy of this novel. I have waited a long time for a new book by Toni McGee Causey. I loved her Bobbie Faye books for their sass, humor and heart. This is nothing like anything else she’s ever written. Avery and the other characters in The Saints of The Lost and Found will stay with you, even haunt you, long after the last page. The characters are so rich, so honest, so believable that you might swear you have met them in person. It took me about a week after I finished the book to even begin thinking about what to say in a review. In that time, Avery has never been far from my thoughts. I realized that one of the things I liked most about this very dark novel was the psychological aspect. I’ve often been drawn to more serious subjects in books, movies and television shows. If you knew I’d done a book report on Helter Skelter in the 4th grade that probably wouldn't surprise you. While reading this, I was reminded of a favorite television show, Criminal Minds. Not because of the plot, but because the characters, no matter what horrific cases they are faced with, remain a close knit group. They respect and comfort the victims and their families. They do their best to take care of each other as well. The protectiveness, the camaraderie, the cooperation. Of course there are disagreements and misunderstandings. Every family has them. Ultimately, that’s what they are. A family. I had that same emotional connection to Avery, Latham, Brody, Hank and Jack. I cared about them from page 1. There was another favorite story I was reminded of, one that surprised me. Joining Avery on her journey is a lot like following Alice in Wonderland down the rabbit hole. It’s a wild ride with unforgettable characters, scenes and moments set in a true-to-life small Southern town. Both characters are strong, resilient, independent and courageous young women who discover more and more about their personal identities along the way. Although fans of her Bobbie Faye books might not expect this kind of story from Toni, I hope they give it a chance. It’s not often that I find such a richly developed story in a setting I swear I’ve seen and people I swear I’ve met. It’s a book that will stay with me for a very long time.
Nymphadora-Tonks More than 1 year ago
One star because I have not read it yet. Barnes & Nobel, why nook version?
BeckyLeJ More than 1 year ago
Utterly unputdownable! It's been ten years since Avery ran away from home and her ex, Jack. Since then, she's allowed her ability to see and sometimes find lost things to become public knowledge, consulting on a highly publicized case with the FBI. But it's that case and a call from her father that have forced her to finally return home. Avery's ability isn't always reliable. She can see losses but can't always tell when or even where they are. The fact that she led the feds to the whereabouts of the Little Princess Killer's latest victim just moments after her death is a failure Avery can't face again. So she lies, claiming to have lost her ability after a particularly awful seizure. On the heels of that lie is her father's promise that Avery's brother, Latham, will die if she doesn't return to Louisiana to help him. But her return means facing Jack and the revelation that her ability has not disappeared at all. And when another girl is abducted, this time in her own backyard, Avery is drawn right back into the LPK case and the public eye. Avery and her brother were raised by grifter parents who were all too happy to use her ability to their benefit. The ability itself comes from Avery's father's side of the family and manifests in different ways throughout the generations. Avery's father, for example, can see a person's death. Avery's brother is plagued by visions of ghosts, an ability he's kept secret from their parents all their life. For a while, Avery was able to control the pain of the losses that surrounded her every day. But that loss of control has meant an inundation of pain and symptoms leading up to terrible seizures. What's more, her relationship with Jack was devastating for both of them. But Jack has no clue why Avery really left him behind and why she's avoided contact with him for a decade. It's the reason, in fact, that her own brother doesn't want her back in Louisiana. But Avery isn't going to risk her own brother, even when it means not only facing Jack but having to use her ability to help when his ex-wife disappears under mysterious circumstances. As they say, though, no good deed goes unpunished. I have a secret - T.M. Causey is none other than Bobbie Faye author Toni McGee Causey. I feel pretty confident that fans of her previous work will love The Saints of the Lost and Found even though it is quite different from the Bobbie Faye books. But again, it is QUITE different. There are glimmers of Causey's signature humor and snark in Avery's story, but they're glimmers in the midst of a tale that's dark and heart wrenching. Yep, Causey goes into super dark territory here. Poor Avery is tortured by her ability, torn from the man she loves, and forced to watch as her beloved brother withers away right before her eyes. As if that weren't enough, she's the FBI's only hope in catching a killer who actually ramped up his crimes in response to her involvement. To say she's caught between a rock and a hard place is a severe understatement! The Saints of the Lost and Found may be a change of pace in terms of tone for Causey but some of my favorite aspects of her previous works is still present here. Like Bobbie Faye, Avery is another fantastic character that readers can really rally behind! And while hers definitely isn't another laugh-out-loud adventure, the mystery is fabulously plotted and utterly unputdownable.
JMKelley-DrewInBlue More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to Toni McGee Causey's writing a few years ago after a friend recommended that I read her Bobbie Faye series, a lighthearted trio of books about a delightfully nutty Southern gal with a penchant for getting herself into pickles. While I loved the lighthearted adventures of Miss Sumrall, I was eager to have the opportunity to receive an ARC of Saints of the Lost and Found to read and honestly review. First, it must be stated that Saints is a stark departure from the rollicking fun of the Bobbie Faye series. I say this with utter glee, though. I adore these previous works, but I am also a ridiculous fan of darker stories as well. Saints delivers a heady, intoxicatingly gothic tone that draws you in immediately and does not release you until the very end. It's nearly impossible for me to rave about a book I love without giving away story points that could be perceived as spoilers, so I will avoid that kind of ranting. Believe me, it's very difficult to hold back. Toni McGee Causey provides wonderful word porn. No, it's not about saucy antics of the characters, it's about the delicious spell she weaves with her description. The atmosphere she creates seduces and envelops you as you become quickly invested in a unique, moody story that you struggle to put down, even when the need for sleep tries to intervene. The suspense is palpable and the paranormal elements are expertly developed in a manner that keeps them extraordinary, but fully believable in this world Ms. Causey has carefully constructed.
angel_kat More than 1 year ago
Paranormal Southern murder mystery exploring the complexity of relationships “The Saints of the Lost and Found” is a paranormal psychological murder mystery and so much more. At the heart, it defines what exactly comprises a family and the complexity of the relationships. The main character Avery is beautifully written, we feel her passion, anxiety, loss, fears, self-reproach as she tells her story and tries to solve murders through flashbacks and painful visions of the lost. Causey shines in this book. She has a talent for making you see and feel vistas, especially the rural south and climate. She implants her fingers into forgotten memories of growing up, and elicited what was experienced then… the childhood gang, being bullied, feeling outcast, confusion, finding private oases, alienation, running, supporting, loving, … perhaps not to the extent or in the same manner as the character, but similar enough to bring personal memories and emotions to the surface. I have read and loved Causey’s outlandishly hysterical Bobbie Faye books. I thought her talent was humor, but this book is not that. This book is brilliant in its intricacies. There are so many threads and nuances woven around these characters, it is a wonder how the author pieced each tidbit into the beautiful quilting of the novel. I have read the book twice and will read it again and again, each time finding another nuance I missed. Final notes: There is violence in this book…. Discussion of blood, murder, mutilation, child abuse, and rape. Causey is back and more brilliant than ever. The woman is an artist with words and photography. I will continue to read her work whether written as T.M. Causey’s dark suspense or Toni McGee Causey’s outrageous humor. MORE PLEASE! I was given an ARC of this book with the promise of an honest review. Format: ARC ebook & paperback