Happy Sunday! It is time for yet another first book review! Today it is the turn of a book that I have been wanting to read since I first saw its incredibly pretty cover (yes, I judge books by their covers) and that book is The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. Let’s do this.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into this book but I ended up quiet enjoying it. it is a really sweet, if a bit weird, story. considering that this book is under 300 pages long it really packs a lot in.
What I really enjoyed about this book is that it wasn’t the straight forward story that I was expecting it to be. There is the main story, Laura and the keeper of lost things, at the centre of it but there is also Eunice’s storyline woven throughout it. and so many other peoples as well. It was really interesting to see how all of these people’s stories were all wrapped around each other’s and completely entwined. I also liked that fact that at the end of the book we essentially came full circle. The first mystery of the story became the last to be solved. And I loved that. it gave the book a real sense of closure. The end of one story was the start of someone else’s.
Admittedly it was a bit predictable. I did figure out where the story was going fairly easily and in general, most of the plot points where expected. And the strange paranormal element to the story was a bit weird. I don’t think that it was entirely necessary. Personally, I don’t really feel that it added anything particularly necessary to the story and that the book would have worked just as well without it. I just found it to be a bit unneeded and, frankly, weird.
I did however really like the characters (even if some of their relationships where very predictable and were a given). I really like Laura as a character. She was a bit annoying at times and could be a little overemotional and bit dramatic, but I liked her. she felt very real and like a normal person. I also like her for the fact that we got to see her really grow as a person throughout this book. She became so much more confident and comfortable within herself and her position. She was just a good character. I also grew to really like Eunice, particularly her friendship with Bomber. I just thought that it felt very real and genuine. I also really liked Sunshine. It was so nice to see some Downs Syndrome representation in literature (something I have never seen in a book before). And it was also portrayed in a very real but positive light.
Overall I did really enjoy this book. I am definitely going to be checking out Ruth Hogan in the future. For a debut author, this was a very solid book. It held my interest and, made me cry.
4 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read The Keeper Of Lost Things yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you hav enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.