The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan – Book Review
Book reviews always leave me a little daunted. I always feel like I have to say things that a literary expert would but I am not a literary expert. You won’t find me criticising the tone of a book or the authors writing style. Mostly it will just be reasons why I liked a book, which, 9 times out of 10, I always do.
They also say, never judge a book by its cover, but I mostly do. I will consult GoodReads to be sure I am not wasting any money but I am always drawn to the colourful and detailed book covers before I look up the reviews. That was what led me to purchase this book. The cover was just too pretty to walk past.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan is a wonderful story about a man trying to correct a broken promise. He brings a woman into his life and she changes everything, helping him find his peace.
Running parallel to that storyline, we get a glimpse into the past and follow a secondary story. While it was confusing to follow in the beginning, it links up beautifully in the end.
The book looks at Anthony Peardew’s life and loss. To make up for a broken promise, he collects and catalogues lost things that he finds on his daily commute. When life gets a little overwhelming, he hires an assistant named Laura to take control. The two become close but Anthony keeps a secret behind the locked doors of his study.
It isn’t till after his death that the secret and real reason he hired Laura is revealed.
I really loved this book because of its real-life appeal. I often see lost items and wonder what the story behind them is. Anthony has this poetic insight about each item he finds. Ruth shares these snippets within the book, some of which are sweet while others are dark.
This book is a light and easy read, perfect for an afternoon soaking up some sunshine.
Let me know if you have read this book or plan to.
With My Love,