Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Collecting lost items and writing stories about them, he has been seeking redemption for losing an important keepsake himself. As the end of life nears, Anthony leaves all his belongings and his quest to return the lost items to their owners to his assistant, Laura. She inherits his treasures, his house, and the irritable ghost living in it. As the new keeper of lost things, Laura strives to uncover the key to Anthony’s redemption and lay the spirits to rest.
I really liked the inclusion of ghosts in this story. They’re relevant and active, but they don’t take over the story. The focus is very much on the living. We follow two timelines, one with Anthony and Laura, the other following Eunice and Bomber. The two timelines are loosely connected, but the link is tenuous until the end, so it is very much like reading two separate stories at once. The book also includes short stories about the lost objects. This was a nice detail but the many different stories did detract from the main plot at times. There’s good character development within both timelines, which is quite impressive considering the array of different characters. However, I found it hard to bond with the characters, especially Eunice. Whether this was because I had very little in common with them or because there were just so many of them, I can’t be sure. In some ways, I found Bomber’s ghastly sister Portia the easiest to understand (although it’s possible that this says more about me than about the book).
The Keeper of Lost Things is a very interesting story. I liked the general concept, liked the ghostly aspect and the diverse characters (namely, Sunshine), and there was a nice amount of humour and romance. But I didn’t love it. I didn’t find it especially charming or moving, and I was never fully drawn into the story. It’s good, but it’s not great.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.