Last year Ruth Hogan’s first novel, The Keeper of Lost Things, seemed to be everywhere and I read it last July and gave it four stars so I was very excited to have the opportunity to read The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes a little early.
The central characters are pretty much all women; Masha, Alice and of course Sally. Twelve years ago Masha lost her two-year-old son Gabriel and is understandably still struggling to come to terms with her loss; she spends a lot of her free time visiting a Victorian cemetery where she meets and befriends Sally, an eccentric older woman with surprise, suprise red shoes.
The book follows Masha as she begins to open up to those around her about and begin to start putting herself first for the first time in a long time, she befriends Sally and Kitty; takes up swimming and starts to consider the possibility of dating again.
The characters in this were excellent and for me they were what made it enjoyable, even the slightly less central characters, like Kitty and Flo were well rounded and believable.
After a bit of deliberation I ended up giving this three stars as personally, I was slightly disappointed; there was a build up to a fairly dramatic reveal which I’d been waiting through most of the second half of the book to have my suspicions confirmed about, which then fizzled where I was expecting a bang. I can see why this may have been done as the drama/fallout may have affected the tone of hopefulness the book ended on.
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is out in hardback, kindle and audio book now. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.