I wouldn’t say I’m a slow reader but good God I’ve been blasting through books lately (it’s gonna have to take a back seat until I get some uni work finished) and one of my recent reads was ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ by Ruth Hogan!
Anthony Peardew has spent half of 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 of its 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…
I absolutely loved this book! Firstly, the cover. I mean, coooome ooonnn! It’s bloody beautiful! I love the colours, the illustrations, the way the flowers overlap the letters and the subtle hint of ‘lost treasures’.
The book is written in the third person, following the lives of Anthony, an author who has lost his dear wife (truly the love of his life), Laura, who is struggling to find herself after leaving her dreadful marriage, and Eunice, a kind young woman searching for a job and finding so much more.
*SPOILER* When Anthony dies he leave his whole house, garden, possessions and fortune to Laura because he knows how much she loves it there and he can trust her with his ‘mission’. Laura is slightly depressed since her marriage failed and found solace in Padua (the name of the house) so she’s buzzing that she can now call it her home but kinda at a loss as to how she is going to return all of the missing objects to their rightful owners (which is where handsome gardener Freddie and new friend Sunshine come in).
Okay no more details about the actual story, more about the book in general. This book is beautifully written. You can literally feel each character’s pain, happiness, desperation, confusion, fear etc. as you read it. You can connect with everyone because Ruth gives you just enough info to allow you to know the characters, but leaves enough unsaid so your imagination can run wild too.
Because Anthony is an author, Ruth included the short stories he would write about each lost object he had found. Some of them are funny and some of them are damn right heart-breaking, but it adds a really nice touch to the book.
P A R A N O R M A L. Yes, that’s right, this book even has ghosts. Okay, it doesn’t have jump-scare, can’t sleep at night vibes but it does include a wee bit of paranormal activity, just enough to suck you in but not enough to make you pee a bit. I love a bit of supernatural so when the ‘spooky’ stuff started happening I was soooo intrigued!
The last thing I’m gonna comment on is the way everything connects in the end (the ending was lovely btw). It’s so interesting to read about each life separately, then see how everyone is somehow connected to Anthony. The book is written in such a way that allows you to form your own theories about how ~this~ or ~that~ happened and then when it’s revealed it’s often not what you expected at all.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Ruth did an amazing job with it and it was just the kinda book I needed to relight the ‘reading fire’ in me that had fizzled out.
Do you have any book recommendations for me? I love adding to my bookshelf!
Until next time…