Martha is lost. She's been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she's waited in station lost property for someone to claim her. It's been sixteen years, but she's still hopeful. In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing. But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property. Time is running out - if Martha can't discover who she really is, she will lose everything...
WHAT I SAY:
The first thing I want to say about The Finding of Martha Lost is this; this book is special. Like, really special.
I always struggle to find words to express how beautiful Caroline's books are. I always say she's magic and I really believe that. There is something haunting and tragic yet hopeful and joyous within the words of Martha's story and I urge you to read it.
Martha herself is a beautiful character. She's young and naive, sweet, endearing, hopeful, innocent and kind. I wanted nothing but good things for her. I truly feel like we could have been friends.
Elizabeth is another main character and her relationship with Martha is special and sweet. Elizabeth is older and very protective of Martha. She brings her favourite lemon drizzle cake everyday and looks out for her young friend.
There are a handful of other people who all help shape Martha's world, most of whom were lovely. Caroline is brilliant at building rich, likeable characters.
The setting of Liverpool Lime Street Station is fun and different. I had never been there before but felt like I knew it well. I loved the rich history of the station and the city. I have visited since, when I went to the launch party for the book, and felt like I'd been before. There are photos on my facebook page.
I loved the Beatles element of Martha's story too. You can't not like them and relate to them in some way.
The Finding of Martha Lost is a one-of-a-kind tale of friendship, love, hope and courage. 11/10 (Too special for a 10!)
Read it and see what I mean. You will be drawn in to this world too. This book is available now from Doubleday in hardback and ebook.
I got an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.