Barnaby, J.P. “Little Boy Lost: Vanished”, Dreamspinner Press, 2011.
Little Boy Lost Book #3
I have been looking forward to the third book in the Little Boy Lost series by J.P. Barnaby even since I finished the previous book and it was well worth the wait. This is the continuing story of Brian McAllister and we are now in San Diego which proves to be more than he could have expected. Sexual adventure is everywhere and it is so different from the small Alabama town where he grew up. Brian is looking for one boy, Jamie, and as he searches he begins to see that there is a chance he may not find him and that there may be no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Mike and Emilio, Brian’s friends encourage him to keep looking and she he tries to find work and remain optimistic even as his chances of finding Jamie seem slim. He is determined to live his life and even considers doing whatever necessary to stay alive when there is no more money. Then he meets a boy who has been beaten and abused and that no one seems to care about him but Brian knows that he cannot walk away.
In this book Brian matures a great deal and the book is full of surprises. Brian had great hopes as he got to San Diego and he manages to find a place to live and a job. His landlord, Leo Horshiwitz, is fatherly and he works in the LGBT community. He also meets Emilio and Mike and they quickly become friends. Brian continues his search for Jamie but his luck is lousy and I wanted him to keep trying but I also sensed the pain he felt when things did not work out. It is in this section that Barnaby really catches the reader with some beautiful writing.
Brian had no trouble making friends even with his self- restraint and we see a comedic side of him? Brian really lets us get to know him and he keeps us on our toes through the plot twists even with the sense of mystery that he carries. Barnaby creates wonderful characters and they are all full of life but Brian is her special creation; he is innocent yet wise and I could not help but love him. Barnaby had already sold me on the series with the two earlier books but she has cemented my relationship with the books with this one. It is intensely good storytelling and I am ready for still more.