BOOK REVIEW: The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Meet the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’…
Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.
Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all it’s lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.
But the final wishes of the ‘Keeper of Lost Things’ have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters…

Publisher: Two Roads
Pages: 302

I asked for this book for Christmas as I kept on coming across glowing reviews on people’s blogs and I now understand why, it is such a lovely book.
Laura inherits a beautiful house and all of it’s contents when her boss and friend dies. Anthony Peardew was an author but in the last part of his life he had been collecting lost objects; a whole room full of them and he knows that he can trust Laura to continue his work. So Laura is faced with the task of somehow returning these items to their original owner. They range from a single blue button to a biscuit tin full of somebody’s ashes. Daunted but determined, Laura sets out to fulfil Anthony’s wishes but she also has trouble at home to contend with. One of the rooms in the house has locked from the inside and a record keeps playing without being anywhere near the record player. Something in the house is not happy so Laura must solve this mystery too.
The Keeper of Lost Things is a wonderful book; it felt timeless and magical and it was one of those books that I didn’t want to end. Even a few days after finishing, I have found myself thinking of the characters and their individual stories. Also I have become very aware of ‘lost objects’ and I’ve caught myself wondering about where they have come from and who they belong to.
Ruth Hogan is an excellent story-teller; I felt as though everything in the book was beautifully vivid, the characters, the house and the objects themselves. Her characters leap off the page at you, even the unlikable ones! I highly recommend this book, it is a life affirming read full of love, hope and a mystery or two.


Jean Bull said...

Thank you, Dot. I actually bought this book a couple of months ago. I must read it now!!

Dot said...

I really hope you enjoy it, she has a new book coming out soon which also looks fantastic!

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