You know when you read a book and realise it is something incredibly special? Not another book you read, then forget in six months. No, a really special, wonderful, unique, heart-warming book you love and adore. Lost Property is one of those. I was hooked from the first page and it just got better and better.
Dot Watson works at the Transport for London Lost Property Office, hoping she will be able to reunite owners with their lost items. But that’s about all I’m going to tell you about the plot, because I really want you to read it and discover its treasures for yourself.
Dot, a bit like the wonderful Eleanor Oliphant, isn’t your average Joe. She describes herself as “anomalous, perspicacious and sagacious” but her sister calls her “odd.” Dot sees the world in her own unique and beautiful way. She is an amazing character, truly wounded and rounded and brave and ordinary and extraordinary. I love her father too, another character I will remember for a long time.
The book is also beautifully written. Parts of it made me laugh out loud, others brought a lump to my throat and an audible gasp. Helen Paris’s writing is almost poetic in its beauty; it pulls the reader one way and the other, yet we’re always firmly on Team Dot.
9.5 out of 10