Reviews for All Lost Things

Lambda Literary Foundation

 

In the third in a whodunit series that deserves to be better known, young Killian Kendall’s life is changing fast. He graduates from high school, breaks up with his boyfriend, Asher, and takes a job as an assistant in the office of a Salisbury, Maryland, private investigator, Shane Novak. There is more than a touch of the supernatural in Killian’s life. Intermittently he has dreams of a horrendous murder and visits from his murdered friend Seth (from Bleeding Hearts, the first novel in the series).

 

More psychic visitations occur when one of his foster dads buys a haunted house. Then Asher asks him to prove that their former classmate Caleb Cohen did not commit the murder that Killian has been foreseeing in his nightmares. Novak offers to help but has trouble reining in his gung-ho amateur sleuth. In the process of solving the murder, Killian must examine his own hidden motives behind what he chooses to reveal to Asher about Caleb. The case becomes an important stage in his growth towards adulthood.

 

Curiously, in the entire history of the gay mystery, save for some porn examples and Mabel Maney’s parody of the Hardy Boys, this is only the second series (after two novels by R.J. Hamilton, a.k.a. Ruth Sims) to have a gay teenage sleuth. Adults can certainly relate to this fast-moving story, but the three Killian Kendall mysteries would be ideal presents for a gay teenager.

 

Rewiewer:

Drewey Wayne Gunn

Author of The Gay Male Sleuth in Print and Film and The Golden Age of Gay Fiction

 


 

Echo Magazine

 

It has been a very hectic year for 18 year old Killian Kendall.  Not only is he graduating from high school, and looking forward to going away to college with his boyfriend, Asher, but he manages to score a summer intern job with a local private investigator he ran into (literally, with his car).  But things start to unravel when, in the final month of school, it becomes apparent that Asher is interested in someone else (perhaps Caleb, a sophomore member of the school Gay/Straight Alliance, who claims to be beaten regularly by his homophobic father), and is planning a future without him.

 

Home life appears a bit shaky too, as his guardians Steve and Adam seem to be arguing about Steve's plans to relocate everyone to operate a bed and breakfast in a large, reportedly-haunted house in the country.  And Killian is haunted by disturbing dreams, first of a bloody murder, and later visits from a deceased friend, escalating into strange sensations and visions he has at the house Steve plans to buy.  When Caleb is arrested for suspicion of murdering his father, Killian becomes involved in the investigation, adding his safety to Steve and Adam's concerns.

 

This is the third in the "Killian Kendall" series, and the first I have read.  It is an extremely well-written, riveting mystery, as well as a commendable "coming of age" story as Killian's faces some difficult changes in his life.  The supernatural/psychic subplot is handled intelligently, to the point where even the most cynical reader could not possibly object.  Wonderful, realistic fully-drawn characters, both straight and gay, cooperate in tackling obstacles, keeping their sense of humor intact throughout.  Despite the age of many of the characters, this is not just a book for teens, but likely can be enjoyed by all ages.  I loved it...and give it five "gifted" stars out of five.

 

Reviewer:

Bob Lind

 




Leontine's Book Reviews

 

In All Lost Things I found mysteries full of twists and turns which kept me on the edge of my seat as it steamed ahead to a riveting conclusion. I found engaging storylines of the familiar cast of characters which continues with struggles, tension, heartache and love for one another. And I found an attraction between two very likeable characters that shines bright in its possibilities. This story cemented the series on my keeper shelf!

 

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Reviewer:
Leontine 

 


 

Michele 'n Jeff Reviews

 

Killian may have been, for all intents and purposes, benched in Reap the Whirlwind, but he’s back and has hit the ground running in All Lost Things, the fantastic third book in the Killian Kendall series.

There are few guarantees in life, but one thing is an absolute positive: change happens and when it does, it’s often beyond our ability to control. It was a theme that was the basis for the last book; it was a reality that was foreshadowed by Killian and his boyfriend Asher Davis that all was not well in their paradise. People develop, they grow and sometimes they grow apart. Killian and Asher emerged from the sidelines of Reap the Whirlwind, working from separate game plans. In fact, it soon became evident that they were no longer even in the same ballpark, and eventually, they struck out.

Asher becomes involved in the life of an emotionally troubled boy, a boy whom Killian takes an immediate disliking to. Caleb Cohen is the victim of an abusive father and has been removed from his home by Social Services and placed into a youth facility, pending investigation into Caleb’s claims. As the boy begins to confide in Asher, playing upon Asher’s desire to feel needed, it begins to wreak havoc on Asher and Killian’s relationship. Asher grows increasingly smitten with the seemingly vulnerable boy, and while he is never physically unfaithful to Killian, it is evident that he has certainly been emotionally unfaithful. The more suspicious Killian becomes, the more defensive Asher becomes, until finally, a domino-effect of evasiveness, lies, and growing incompatibility signals the death of their two year romance, and seemingly, their life-long friendship.

Amidst all the upheaval in his personal life, Killian manages to graduate from high school, find gainful employment with Private Investigator Shane Novak, as well as begin to reconcile himself to the fact that he may be possessed of paranormal abilities.

Killian begins to have nightmares that place him inside the mind of a killer, where he experiences the brutal murder of an unidentified man. When Caleb Cohen’s father dies in a gruesome fashion, the details of the crime reveal themselves to be a reflection of Killian’s dreams. Ira Cohen was a man with more enemies than allies, giving more than enough people the motive to want to see him dead. Suspect number one on the list, however, is Caleb himself, after running away from the group home on the night of his father’s murder makes him appear more than passably guilty.

Frantic, Asher turns to Killian, pleading with his ex to find the evidence that will prove his new boyfriend’s innocence. Caleb’s hostility and unwillingness to cooperate with the police or the investigators, however, does nothing to support his claim that he is blameless in the crime. Once Killian, working against the odds, puts together the pieces of the puzzle that will set Caleb free, Asher returns for one final favor: find Ira Cohen’s killer. It is a request that will ultimately put both of their lives in danger, reveal a cold, calculating psychopath, and bring a poignant close to the boys’ shared history.

All Lost Things is an evolution; it is a fine example of the progression of, not only Josh Aterovis’s storytelling skills, but the growth of his teenage protagonist into one of the more appealing Young Adult characters I’ve come across.

Gone is the sometimes exaggerated dramatic teenage angst that was prevalent in the previous two books, and in its place is the promise of a new and exceedingly more mature relationship between Killian and Micah Gerber, a man who possesses so much natural charm that I’m chomping at the bit to get to know him better.

The murder mystery is more the focus in this installment in the series, and what a taut and suspenseful mystery it was, much more complex, chilling, and satisfying in its resolution than those presented in the first two books.

A supernatural subplot gives the story an interesting new twist that leaves Killian’s private investigative abilities full of possibilities. I’m anxious to see where the author takes his young hero next.

 

Reviewer:
Lisa

 


 

Reviews by Jessewave

 

All Lost Things provides a gritty  mystery into which readers can really sink their teeth as well as be taken unawares by the twists and turns of the plot as it gradually gains momentum towards the whodunnit climax. My addiction to Killian Kendall is confirmed.  This series keeps on getting better and better.  Please to be giving me the next book now, Mr Aterovis.

 


 

Rainbow Reviews

 

This book is labeled as paranormal, and indeed there are definite paranormal aspects/events; but there is much more to be found here. First and foremost, this is an excellent mystery with bloody crime scenes, red herrings, and characters dying. No one is safe in this story and that leads to quite a roller coaster ride!

 


 

Three Dollar Bill Reviews

 

Overall this is another great addition to the series and the unique voice afforded Killian sets up a charming, engaging narrator. The interesting mysteries seamlessly combine personal drama without one or the other overwhelming the story. The series is addictive and has numerous possibilities.

 

The large cast matures with each offering showing flaws and strengths side by side; offering an honest and relatable appeal. You can read All Lost Things as a stand alone but really read Bleeding Hearts first so you can understand the incredible growth Killian goes through to really appreciate the change. Start now so you can be ready for the new offering in the series.

 


 

BookWenches.com

 

The summer after his senior year signifies change for Killian Kendall. With high school in his past, college to look forward to, and a brand-new summer job working for a private investigator, life should be sweet, but Killian’s excitement is tempered by the fact that he and his boyfriend, Asher, have recently split up. When Asher’s new boyfriend is arrested on suspicion of killing his father, Asher asks Killian to help prove he is innocent of the crime. Blessed with an insatiable curiosity, Killian agrees to help, but his motives aren’t entirely altruistic. Buried deep in his heart is the hope that he might uncover something during his investigation that will break up Asher’s new romance.

 

Making life even more stressful for Killian is a series of what can only be called ghostly phenomena. Not only he has been having bloody nightmares of the killing he is currently investigating, but his best friend who died two years ago has chosen this time to begin visiting. Moreover, one of Killian's guardians has purchased a house reputed to be haunted, and that ghost is not shy about making herself known to Killian.

 

With the help of his new boss, Killian wades into the not-so-glamorous world of private investigation. It’s not easy when the suspect refuses to cooperate and appears to be a compulsive liar, and despite his promise to find proof of the boy’s alibi on the night of the murder, Killian has reservations about whether he is as innocent as he proclaims. Killian has an uncanny talent for uncovering the truth. His curiosity will not let him leave questions unanswered; it could also very well get him killed.

 

Josh Aterovis’s novel All Lost Things is the third of a series of stories featuring teenaged sleuth Killian Kendall, who was introduced to the world in 2001 in a novel titled Bleeding Hearts. This unique blend of paranormal and mystery kept me entertained for hours, featuring an irresistible main character and an intriguing storyline, and I would be hard pressed to decide which I preferred: the mystery or the ghost story. Both are very well done, and they work quite well together.

 

I waffled between classifying this book as a Young Adult novel or not and finally decided to leave the label off. I believe that this story is enjoyable regardless of the age of the reader. This can be considered something of a coming of age story, because Killian is leaving his childhood behind. Although he is young, he is no longer a child, and his life is moving quickly towards adulthood and all the realizations and responsibilities that are a inherent to that time of life.

 

All Lost Things is a complex story with a number of different subplots and a large and distinct cast. We meet people who must have appeared in the two previous books, but Mr. Aterovis does an excellent job keeping this from being confusing to a reader who hasn’t read those novels. Also, Mr. Aterovis keeps the storyline well-organized enough to keep us from getting lost.

 

Killian Kendall is a very personable character who displays a mixture of childish reactions and adult behavior. He is prone to typical youthful rebellion against adults, gets caught up in his own relationship drama with his ex-boyfriend, and tends to pout a bit when things don’t go his way. However, he also has a tender heart and a very sharp mind.

 

My attention was hooked early on in this story as the teen drama between Killian and his friends develops into something much more serious and the promise of paranormal activity becomes reality. The investigation proceeds in a methodical fashion, as Killian is mentored by his boss Novak, who encourages him as he investigates and takes him to task when he missteps. Killian’s teenaged impatience causes him to rush a bit and forge out on his own, and we can never truly anticipate what kind of trouble his sometimes hasty actions and unguarded mouth will create for him. This keeps the investigation lively, and I have a distinct feeling that it probably ages his mentor prematurely as well.

 

I found All Lost Things to be a very diverting read and will be looking forward to reading more about both Killian and his social circle as Mr. Aterovis continues this series. Since Killian is at this halfway point between youth and maturity, it will be very interesting to see what his direction his life takes in the future.

 

Reviewer:

BD Whitney