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Publisher's Summary

A simmering family drama about a father and daughter who embark on a road trip through the American South - but what they're leaving behind is as important as what lies ahead.

When we first meet seven-year-old Dolly, she immediately grabs us with a voice that is both precocious and effervescent. It has been a while since her dad has spent time with her, just the two of them, and so when he scoops her up and promises to take her on the adventure of a lifetime, Dolly is thrilled. 

The first days on the road are incredibly exciting. Every pit stop promises a new delight for Dolly and her favourite plastic horse, Clemesta, who she's brought along for the adventure. There are milkshakes, shopping sprees, a theme park, and all the junk food she isn't allowed to eat under her mother's watchful eye. And, for the first time, she has her father's attention all to herself. But as they travel further south, into a country Dolly no longer recognizes, her dad's behavior grows increasingly erratic. He becomes paranoid and irresponsible, even a little scary. The adventure isn't fun anymore, but home is ever farther away. And Dolly isn't sure if she'll ever get back. 

A compulsively listenable work of psychological suspense from the first mile to the last, All the Lost Things introduces a remarkable young heroine who leaps off the page, charts a life-changing journey, and ultimately reveals the sometimes heartbreaking intersections of love, truth, and memory.

©2019 Michelle Sacks (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sacks's second novel is another family drama tinged with psychological suspense.... Dolly's unreliability as a narrator, owing to the simple fact that she is a child, adds suspense and results in a surprising twist." (Kathy Sexton, Booklist)

"A slim road trip into mystery firmly in the vein of Emma Donoghue's Room.... Dolly is a funny and surprisingly substantive little girl, and an acute observer of human behavior.... Surprisingly emotional." (Vanessa Friedman, New York Times Book Review

"This book carried the power of Emma Donoghue's amazing Room.... I loved this enchanting book. Dolly Rust captivated me from the first page and I could not look away. I am in awe of Michelle Sacks's writing skill in finding a unique voice that is precocious and pure, innocent and wise, tender and brave. She climbs into a seven-year-old's mind whose world is broken and steers us over rocky roads to a safe haven." (Leah Weiss, best-selling author of If The Creek Don't Rise

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Quite an imaginative author.

The child in this story was so fun to listen to. The narrator performed as if I was listening to a very expressive little girl. Therefore, the writing was exceptional. I wish the story had been a little different, but without ruining it, a very interesting, funny, sad, complicated, but GREAT listen. I might have to steel a few of Molly’s explanatory phrases or word meanings.

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Wonderful

If your looking at this review then yes buy the book. It was a adventure I enjoyed very much.

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Annoying!

Not only is this narrator speaking in a little girls voice, but the added political innuendos make it intolerable! If the perspective is that of an 6 year old girl, she shouldn’t have political opinions!
The author should keep her agendas out of this already brainless nonsense!

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Ignore the review titled “Annoying!” This was a fabulous book!

I listened to this novel in a single sitting— that’s how good it was! The narrator was perfect, and the story grabs you from the first page.

I love listening to novels from the point of view of a child, and this is the best book of its kind since Only Child by Rhiannon Navin! It’s a very dark novel; gripping and fascinating!

This book is told through the eyes of an imaginative young girl, and there are fascinating undercurrents in every interaction she has! If you pay attention, you’ll figure out what happened pretty early on— but that doesn’t take away from this story. On the contrary, it makes everything so much more tense.

The road trip itself was really interesting. I’ve been to a lot of the places mentioned, and they were faithfully described for the most part! I was always left wondering when the other shoe would drop, though. It’s clear from the start that this is no ordinary vacation!

Regarding the review titled “Annoying!” I don’t know what that person’s problem was. There was no discernible political agenda in this novel— just the mention of a trans student early on, and a gay couple later. That’s it.

The only thing I can think to critique is that it ends somewhat abruptly. I wish we’d gotten more of the “after” in this novel. I dearly hope we see a sequel— perhaps of teenage Dolly coming to terms with everything she went through in this novel.

I heartily recommend this book. If you liked Only Child by Rhiannon Navin or Room by Emma Donoghue, you’ll enjoy this one (although, it’s nowhere near as dark as Room.)

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A child's view

This book had me laughing and thinking back to when I was a child. The ending had a twist I dod not expect. Very good read.

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Dolly’s voice is so sweet, imaginative and wonderful. I loved her innocence at the same time heart breaking. Cassandra’s performance was amazing. Overall a heartfelt story.

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Favorite all around

I listen to 1-2 books a week. I was disappointed about how long it had been since I really enjoyed a book. Then this. Just right. Thnx

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Sorry I didn't listen to sample

The story may be great. I don't know because I couldn't listen to the grown woman trying to sound like a little girl on and on. I suggest that people listen to a sample before buying this book.