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Libby Sternberg
Lost to the World
Ten years after the end of World War II, Detective Sean Reilly finds no peace. His wife is gone, he has to raise two boys on his own and solve a complicated new case: the murder of a researcher at the Johns Hopkins polio research labs on the eve of the famous vaccine trials that will save so many children while leaving current polio victims lost to the world. Although fiction, this book also explores the conspiracy theories (some anti-Semitic) surrounding the release of the polio vaccine, an apt topic in today's anti-vaccination climate.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.25 out of 10


Plot: Appearing slow-moving at first, the plot is, however, realistically paced. The story is well-plotted; never once does anything seem out of place.

Very well written, the prose is immersive, engaging, and emotion-provoking.

Originality: Set amidst both a true and a fictitious world, the novel divulges something unique. The premise for the murder, and all the intertwined stories in between, do not seem like an echo of any other mystery/thriller novel readers have encountered before.

Character Development: The author has presented the characters in such a way that readers cannot help but become attached to them and their stories. The characters evolve over the course of the novel to better understand themselves, and deal with their emotions.

Date Submitted: June 10, 2019