March 04, 2023

#BookReview: Lost Sierra by Amanda Traylor

Synopsis:  "A dark and twisty tour de force of a psychological thriller!"

With a new PhD under her belt and eager to avoid her pre-determined path as the heir to her parents Fortune 10 organic food company, twenty-seven year old Daphne seeks out an idyllic Mayberry existence in a small town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where residents might appreciate her personal brand of homeopathic techniques and herbal cures.

While she manages to gain a small collection of clients, she is mostly met with cold skepticism from the locals. When her favorite client—John Sharpe, an army veteran in his 70s—goes missing and no one in the town seems to be care, Daphne is deeply concerned. He saved her life once and she is bound and determined to return the favor.

Pitting herself against the townspeople, who assure her that Sharpe is just on a bender despite all the evidence she finds to the contrary, Daphne is drawn deeper and deeper into trouble, all while a wildfire rages closer and closer to the town.

It seems as if a local biker and a civilian deputy sheriff are willing to help, but it's hard to tell hero from villain in this world. She’s told to leave her search for the truth alone by multiple people, but she can't let it go. She's desperate to find the truth.
With unknown enemies in every dark corner and a raging wildfire threatening to trap everyone in town, Daphne has to decide how far she's willing to go for the truth.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This was a great story that was worth reading.  This story was engaging and thrilling and dealt with a ton of different topics from drug use to child abuse. And the author did wonderful with every step of the story.  

Amanda Traylor writes deliciously twisted suspense and thrillers designed to keep you biting your nails all night. She also writes crime thrillers under Amanda J. Clay.

A Northern California native, she had a fantastic time studying English and Journalism in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains and then a very serious time slaving away for a Master’s degree in media research in sunny Los Angeles. 

When she’s not staring at a computer screen, she is part of the fabulous team that puts on the San Francisco Writers Conference.

She currently lives in Colorado with her dashing, real-life hero of a husband, who inspires her villains and heroes alike, and their hellion of a daughter.

She is represented by Laurie McLean at Fuse Literary. 

Contact her at or connect with her at

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