Lost at Sea


Fiction - Mystery - General
208 Pages
Reviewed on 09/21/2020
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Lost at Sea is a sleuth mystery novel by Linda Bello-Ruiz based on a true story. Rebecca was excited to be returning to her winter home of La Perlita, but overshadowing her joy was sadness at the disappearance of Alejandro Garcia, a beloved family friend. The Garcias and their friends were frustrated and angry over what seemed to be a cursory and delayed search and rescue effort after the panga fishing boat, which Alejandro was manning on his own, disappeared without a trace. Alejandro had disappeared in June. It was now November. Rebecca had done everything she could while home in California to assist through social media in keeping the search efforts alive. Now that she was here, she could take on a more in-depth role in finding out what happened on that day. It was to be a change from Rebecca’s usual stay in La Perlita, where she would relax and enjoy her winter retreat. This time she was investigating a dear friend’s disappearance, and no amount of threats, veiled or not, would discourage her from her search.

Linda Bello-Ruiz’s Lost at Sea follows Rebecca as she retraces the investigation of five months before and tries to figure out what happened to Alejandro and why. I loved getting to know the small and lovely town of La Perlita and trying to figure out, along with Rebecca, whether Alejandro actually survived his ordeal at sea. Bello-Ruiz gives the armchair sleuth plenty of red herrings and possibilities to consider as they try to solve the puzzle along with the protagonist. Her plot is well-constructed and solid, and her characters have authenticity and dimension. Lost at Sea is most highly recommended.