Lost Property by Helen Paris @DoubledayUK #LostProperty #NetGalley #NewRelease #WomensLiteraryFiction


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…

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Dot Watson takes her job very serious and likes nothing better than reuniting a lost item found on the London Transport network, back with its rightful owner. Dot has worked diligently over the last 12 years, ever since something happened, that she felt responsible for. She is living a life in limbo, a little like the unclaimed items that she catalogues every day. There is nothing that she likes better than to reunite a lost item with its owner.

Although Dot is living in limbo, life around her continues. It is strange how easy it is to accept things as normal-life when we knew no better as children. Whatever our childhood is, it is how we see it for everyone. When everyday life is rocked for Dot, it seems that a chain of events is to follow.

Everything that Dot sees as solid foundations collapses in the story. It is sad at times, but sometimes we have to move back to move forward. I liked Dot’s mum and dad, that had so much in common and loved each other despite the times.

It is such a deep and tragic story in so many respects, at a time when what people thought, was life-changing. It is a hard-hitting story that took a lot of working out for me, but that was the point.

An era from the past captured with perfection.

I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Helen Paris worked in the performing arts for two decades, touring internationally with her London-based theatre company Curious. After several years living in San Francisco and working as a theatre professor at Stanford University, she returned to the UK to focus on writing fiction.

As part of her research for a performance called ‘Lost & Found’, Paris shadowed employees in the Baker Street Lost Property office for a week, an experience that sparked her imagination and inspired this novel.

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