Lost Property by Helen Paris
Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Doubleday
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary
Publication Date: 13th May 2021
Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):
“Dot Watson has lost her way.
Twelve years ago her life veered off course, and the guilt over what happened still haunts her. Before then she was living in Paris, forging an exciting career; now her time is spent visiting her mother’s care home, fielding interfering calls from her sister and working at the London Transport Lost Property office, diligently cataloguing items as misplaced as herself.
But when elderly Mr Appleby arrives in search of his late wife’s purse, his grief stirs something in Dot. Determined to help, she sets off on a mission – one that could start to heal Dot’s own loss and let her find where she belongs once more.”
My Thoughts & Review
Lost Property follows Dot who works for TFL in the Lost Property department, where she carefully sorts out and looks after items that have been lost by their owners. Dot, is a woman who cares deeply for everyone and everything she comes across.
This started of quite slow and really thought that I wouldn’t enjoy it but about a third way through things shifted in the story and I ended up really enjoying it much more and turned out to be a witty and fun read with a beautiful story behind it.
I have to admit I wasn’t a fan of Dot’s character when we first met her but as we learn more about her personal life my views of her changed. She became more interesting and by the end of the book I found her quite an inspiring character. I liked her attitude towards life and how she turned her feelings of grief and guilt into something hopeful in life. The side character were also an interesting bunch who kept the book fun and light.
Despite the initial slow start, I really ended up enjoying this book and would recommend to anyone who is a fan of contemporary fiction.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Random House for my eARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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