Lost and Found
Bangkok-based author Mark Statler gets drawn to his next door neighbor, a Thai girl Sheina Young. Their friendship is blossoming into a loving relationship, just when Mark starts getting suspicious calls from an unknown caller addressing him as Jeff Stewart and that he can’t run away from him.
Things get even bleaker when Mark discovers that his e-mail and social media accounts have been hacked. He was even more dis-pleasingly surprised when he finds out that the original content of his recently published novel has been replaced by some filthy write-up.
Struggling with his insecurities and troubles, Mark yearns for peace in Sheina but breaks apart seeing Sheina in another man’s arms. Would heartbroken Mark ever be able to come out of the looming shadows of darkness? Who is responsible for making Mark’s life a mysterious puzzle, and who is this unknown man who always addresses him by the name Jeff Stewart? Will he make sense of what is going on? Will he be able to claim his life back?
An intriguing tale of love, lust, betrayal, deceit, and conspiracy, a plot that gets into your skin, a story that entertains you with its element of romance yet keeps you intrigued on what’s next, Camouflage – Lost and Found is a romantic suspense novel that would compel you to take a step ahead and reboot your life.
I liked the way that this opened. As I was expecting it go one way, it went the complete opposite. There is description in the first chapter, but it doesn’t feel as if it is heavy handed. The descriptive language blends nicely, and it does not slow the pace of the opening chapter.
The author wrote in the first person point of view, so we are able to place ourselves in the protagonist’s shoes. This is a good thing as it makes the novel relatable to its characters.
Hasnain has a commanding grasp on vocabulary. While I found this an easy to read, for some other readers, they may need to break out the dictionary. That, in itself, is a good thing.
I did like the interactions between the characters. There were times when it seemed awkward, however. I found the character of Sheina to be slightly annoying at first. This might be because I felt as if she were making fun of Mark with a piece of dialog telling him that he was talking like a man now.
As for the setting, I have never been to Bangkok. I cannot comment on the accuracy of the setting. However, the descriptions and wording make it feel like a busy “big city.” I am sure that a traveler familiar or an amateur traveler who is fascinated with Bangkok would enjoy this setting. For myself, Bangkok is an exotic location, and I always enjoy reading about cities that I have never been to.
I will say that there were times that the dialog didn’t flow that well. It left me feeling slightly disjointed reading it. However, I was able to overlook it as I wanted to know more about the story.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who has traveled to Bangkok or who enjoys reading a romance novel set in an exotic location.