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Stolen by Lesley Pearse


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Lesley Pearse, author of the UK and international best-sellers A Lesser Evil and Remember Me, tells a powerful and moving story of identity and self- discovery in her thrilling number one best-seller Stolen.

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Stolen a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'This is a book which will not fail to profoundly touch and move all those who read it'. Scroll down to read more reviews.

If you like Lesley Pearse you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Waite, Monica McInerney and Kevin Lewis.


Stolen by Lesley Pearse

It was Sussex, 2003. When a beautiful blonde girl is found half-drowned on a beach, she has no memory of who she is or what horrors have left her there. But an article about her in a Brighton newspaper rings alarm bells for beautician, Dale, who shows the police photographs of Lotte Wainright. The girls met working on a cruise ship and their friendship blossomed as they sailed the seas of South America, until Lotte fell under the sinister influence of an older American couple. To her regret, Dale hasn't seen Lotte since leaving the ship months earlier...but the girl on the beach - although badly bruised - is indeed her much missed friend. Their reunion only marks the beginning of a dangerous tidal wave of secrets, lies and nightmares. Where has Lotte been? Who is the man who seems to want to kill her? And what has become of the baby she's recently given birth to? Dale and Lotte must dig deep and find the strength to hold on against the odds if they are to rebuild their friendship and survive Lotte's stolen - and deadly - past.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Stolen. You can read their reviews below.

Edel Waugh 'This book was the most gripping, nail biting story I have read in years! From the first few pages I was really drawn in.' Click here to read more.

Julie Cook - 'If you like suspense, mysteries and romance, then this is definitely the book for you...This story is fantastic for a cold winters day, as it is so heartwarming.' Click here to read the full review.

Kath Martin - 'Stolen provides a real page-turner with so much happening and so many characters you never quite know where it's going to take you next.' Click here to read the full review.

Sam Lewis - 'On first reading the book I felt that it would be an easy if predictable read but was soon proved wrong as the story took many twists and turns. I could not put the book down as I wanted to keep finding out what else had happened to the woman!' Click here to read the full review.

Rebecca Jayne Barrett - 'Stolen was one of those books that after reading the blurb, made me race to read it. Lotte, the main character, had a gripping tale that was haunting and filled with sadness and depth.' Click here to read the full review.

Reba Khatun - 'Stolen is a gripping read that had me wanting to read as fast as I could to find out how the story ended...It’s easy to see why Lesley is a bestselling author. Her novel was full of suspense, emotion and life.' Click here to read the full review.

Heather Playdon - 'This book gripped me from the moment I opened it. The opening scene is so well written you just want to find out what happened to the girl there and then.' Click here to read the full review.

Sarah Bedwell - 'Stolen was an entertaining read, gripping at times and which drew me in, wondering what could possibly happen next.' Click here to read the full review.

Judith Cooper - 'There are many twists and turns in this book that you can't predict and leave you wanting to know more.' Click here to read the full review.

Elisabeth Thomas - 'This is a book which will not fail to profoundly touch and move all those who read it. Lesley Pearse: you have a new fan!' Click here to read the full review.

Kath Thornton - 'Just as soon as I had read the first page of this novel I was hooked... It is a very satisfying and brilliant page turning read.' Click here to read the full review.

Zarina de Ruiter
- 'Pearse’s writing is incredibly engaging and despite the amount of characters surrounding Lotte and her mystery it was easy to connect to each one of them...It is an exceptionally intriguing novel.' Click here to read the full review.

Lucinda Fountain - 'This intense, haunting tale will have you glued to the page as you lose yourself within the story... Click here to read the full review.

Emily Wright Stolen is a novel about friendship and overcoming adversity to emerge from life changing events a stronger person. Click here to read the full review.

Jane Pepler - 'The unravelling of the story of Lotte and how she came to be found in a vulnerable state on a Sussex beach is a good and compelling read by an author that I had not previously read.' Click here to read more.

Jillian McFrederick An easy read which draws in the reader from the start. Click here to read the full review.

Linda Hill -
'In Stolen Lesley Pearce has created an exciting narrative. The plot twists and turns making this a good romantic thriller.' Click here to read the full review.

Ruth Paterson - ' The storyline of Stolen was one I was looking forward to delve into, it promised to be a cross between a thriller, “chick lit” and a mystery.' Click here to read the full review.

Jill Peters - 'The story starts early one morning on the beach at Selsey in West Sussex, a place where families enjoy an escape to the seaside on a summer weekend, building sandcastles and finding shells.' Click here to read the full review.

Donna Smith - ' this book had a really good storyline, and involved many interesting and colourful characters. It certainly had an in-depth and chilling twist or two.' Click here to view the full review.

Julie Bertschin - 'a story of endurance and redemption, with an uplifting conclusion. It is set in contemporary times and the characters are easy to identify with.' Click here to view the full review.

Nic Walshaw - 'If you are looking for a light pool side read that can be picked up and put down without a second thought this will do the job.' Click here to read the full review.

About the Author

Lesley Pearse

Lesley Pearse's novels have sold over ten million copies worldwide and include most recently Dead to Me, Without a Trace, Survivor, Forgive Me and The Promise. Her new novel The Woman in the Wood is a powerful, passionate and sinister tale of a young woman's courage, friendship and determination.

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8th July 2010


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Penguin Books Ltd


512 pages


Family Drama
Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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