A captivating fable about strange happenings
The blurb introduces a strange phenomenon: on a seemingly normal morning in London, a group of people wake to find something important to them missing, something dear but peculiar.
Six characters are introduced, all have a connection: Mrs Featherby has lost the front of her house, Cassie has lost Floss at Heathrow, Delia has lost her sense of direction, Robert has lost his workplace, Marcus has lost his piano keys, and Jake collects lost things, but is he losing his father?
The story weaves its way amongst these characters; at all times bizarre scenarios arise. The seemingly acceptance by others is surreal. For example, Cassie finds her feet rooted to the floor of the arrivals lounge, her body being covered by bark and grass growing around her, but no-one seems to regard it as unusual.
Mrs Featherby, a lonely soul, finds that no house front is an opportunity to befriend small girl Bonny, daughter of Robert. But is that what she wants?
Robert’s wife, Mara, is happy that he can’t find his work-place – the building has vanished – now they can leave London behind. Is that what Robert wants?
Marcus replaces his piano keys, but they are not the same. What can he do?
Delia loses her way and gets help from Anthony, Jake’s father. She helps Jake find him again. Does it have a happy ending?
Janina Matthewson has created a very different book, with a format that would appeal to many. It’s easy to read: short chapters, short scenes. Unlike many books I read, this is a story to be savoured and re-visited to get the most from it.