July 2008 Indie Next List
“With irreverent wit and sharp insight, O'Flynn weaves a mesmerizing tale of a precocious missing girl and the people who surround her. By tapping into emotions with ease and grace, this book wonderfully weaves together characters and the love that even loss can't affect.”
— Meaghan Leenaarts, Island Bookstore, Corolla, NC
Fall '08/Winter '09 Reading Group List
“O'Flynn's compelling debut novel begins with the disappearance of 10-year-old Kate Meaney -- a precocious wannabe-sleuth who is never without her 'detective' notebook and her sidekick, Mickey the Monkey -- and then flashes forward 20 years. This novel is strong on plot, characterization, and pacing, and it's a great choice for book groups or anyone looking for a captivating read about loss and missed opportunities.”
— Dana Schulz, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI
Long-listed for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and "The Guardian" First Book Award, "What Was Lost" is a tender and sharply observant debut novel about a missing young girl.