The Lost and Drowned


Children - Adventure
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 10/15/2018
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Author Biography

Stuart Fryd is a dad to two lively boys and husband to a beautiful wife. He writes fiction for children and young adults. He loves reading fantasy, sci-fi, steam-punk and horror. His hair never does what he wants it to do and he hates having his photo taken!
His favourite children's authors are Phillip Pullman, Neil Gaiman and Anthony Browne.

Follow him now on twitter: @stuartfryd

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite

It seems strange to call a book about poor orphans and dark magic charming, but that is the first word I thought of when I read The Lost and Drowned by Stuart Fryd. The central characters of the novella are two sisters, Lydia and Sophie. The young girls are living in an orphanage with several other children and a master who brings up thoughts of Fagan and other Charles Dickens’ nasty characters. When their fellow orphans start disappearing at night, Lydia struggles to find a way to keep her and her sister safe. As the mystery unfolds, things take a darker turn, though Lydia finds hope and help in an unexpected way. Will it be enough to save the ones she loves? Or will they all be lost to the chilling, black waters of the Thames River?

The Lost and Drowned by Stuart Fryd brings to mind the atmosphere of a Dickens novel and sprinkles in magic and humor. The story is well written with vivid descriptions, dynamic characters, and realistic dialogue. I love the way Fryd creates a tale of hope with just a touch of creepiness to keep the spine tingling. The characters of Lydia and Sophie and their friends are so appealing that they bring a charm and freshness to what otherwise could fall into a typical story. This tale is filled with mystery, suspense, danger, and unexpected heroes. I can easily recommend this story to anyone who likes books from Dickens to Goosebumps, especially for Halloween. A great read.