Review: The Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace

The Finding of Martha Lost

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…

A wonderful fairy tale like, quirky, magical coming of age story.

Martha Lost is well, lost. Abandoned as a baby and raised by a deeply troubled woman in the lost property office of Liverpool Street Station, Martha is an immediately likeable character. Martha is 16 when we join her story, naive, adorably quirky but somehow confident in herself too, she has never set foot outside the station.

Her friendship with Elizabeth who owns the coffee shop next to the lost property office is touching, as is the way she reaches out to the stranger she discovers living in the tunnels under the station.

When her ‘mother’ dies Martha must find out the truth of her identity or risk losing her home. With the help of her friends in the station Martha sets out to discover who she really is. The friendship and community spirit is warming and make this an uplifting read (despite a few rather darker moments).

I recommend this one that doesn’t seem to have had a lot of attention but is a charming gem nonetheless.

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