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Platform Seven by Louise Doughty, a review

I was browsing Audible, waiting for my next credit, when I saw this book available for just £1.99 as a daily offer. I bought it on a whim, it sounded intriguing, and listening to the clip I was happy it was something I could get in to. Platform Seven is the first book I’ve read by Louise Doughty although I know she’s more famous for her novel, Apple Tree Yard, which was made into a television series.

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By: Louise Doughty
Narrated by: Olivia Dowd
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 22-08-19
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber

The Blurb

Platform Seven at 4am: Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he’s alone.

As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic – he’s as far away from the night staff as he can get. What the man doesn’t realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. 

Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in 18 months – surely they’re connected?

No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die. 

My Thoughts on Platform Seven

I’m a bit divided by this book. Louise Doughty is no doubt an excellent writer. She has amazing attention to detail and you are taken in by all of her characters. But maybe that’s the problem. Do we really need to know so much about ALL of the characters? It makes for a very long read (listen) but it all comes together in the end with poignant messages.

The book is also divided into several parts. We start with Lisa as a dead person, then she’s alive and we get her back story leading up to her death. It’s a harrowing tale and a subject that Louise Doughty handles very sensitively and with style. It’s a different look at domestic violence, and it certainly gives you food for thought.

Lisa finds out too late that she is indeed a victim, but Louise goes into detail of all the little things that make up the abuse which people do not normally think about.

When we get back to Lisa’s afterlife she is trying to find out what happened to her, but she is also trying to find out what has happened to everyone else, which is what makes the book a little more tedious. The main part of the story could have cut the book in half and still been a good story. Maybe the other little stories where not needed, but Louise Doughty was determined to get her messages across. In the end we are all responsible for our fate, but we should also look out for each other.

Some may find Louise Doughty’s attention to detail also a little tedious. There is also a fair bit of repetition. Is it to make sure you don’t forget the little things, is she trying to incorporate a more deeper meaning to her story?

So just like the book is divided into it’s many parts, I’m also divided on my opinion of it. Yes, I enjoyed it, the story, its sadness and even the messages. But would I have enjoyed it just as much if she’d just stuck to the main story and made it into a gripping thriller without the frills? I just can’t decide which I would have liked better. However, I believe it has the potential to become as big as Apple Tree Yard.

Today’s prompt for Blogtober is ‘Never Ever.’ I really hope that none of my readers never ever have to endure the stories written about in this book. Sadly, that’s not the case for me, which may be another reason I found this a difficult read.

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Book Worms Monthly October Link up

Welcome to Book worms Monthly October link up

Hello, Welcome to Book worms Monthly, October. I managed to read four books last month. This month I’m beginning my 20 Books for Christmas 2020 Challenge by Jo from Tea and Cake for the Soul. I’m pretty sure I won’t make it to 20, but I’ll post up my list of what I’d like to read very soon.

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to com and join me with their posts monthly.

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The Existence of Amy, Lana Grace Riva

Lana Grace Riva asked me if I’d like to read her new book, The Existence of Amy and I was instantly intrigued. Here are the details of the book followed by my personal review.

The Existence of Amy

The existence of Amy
Paperback : 281 pages
ISBN-10 : 1086835816
ISBN-13 : 978-1086835816
Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.32 cm
Publisher : Independently published (2 Aug. 2019)
Language: : English

The Blurb

Amy has a normal life. That is, if you were to go by a definition of ‘no obvious indicators of peculiarity’, and you didn’t know her very well. She has good friends, a good job, a nice enough home. This normality, however, is precariously plastered on top of a different life. A life that is Amy’s real life. The only one her brain will let her lead. A fictional story that depicts the reality of mental illness behind a perception of normality.

My Review of the Existence of Amy

I read the book on my kindle and it was a fairly quick read especially as I was in hospital at the time and had plenty of time on my hands. Saying that, it was also difficult to put down and I felt that I needed to know what was going to happen next.

We live in a society where a lot of people with a mental illness carry on relatively normal lives. On the outside you may not even know they have a problem, but inside things are very different. This book gives you a brief look on what kind of things are happening on the inside. It can make you think twice about that friend or work colleague who keeps disappearing for days and doesn’t turn up to events they are invited to.

Amy, the main character, suffers from a mental illness that crept up suddenly and changed her outlook on life completely. Thankfully, she has some really great friends, who internally she just sees as work colleagues. She learns that one has suffered from mental illness in the past and another has a crush on her. Connections are made and when Amy hits an all time low, it’s one of her friends that lifts her back up again.

The main reason behind the book is to give the reader an insight to mental illness and I think it does this well. However, it is also a work of fiction so it has a storyline. It shows how having people who understand and care can help so much, if only real life was more like that.

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Let Me Lie – Clare Mackintosh

This is my review of Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh. I use affiliate links in my posts which mean I may earn a little money if you use them and go on to purchase something, but they will cost you no extra. Thank you for your support.

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By: Clare Mackintosh
Narrated by: Gemma WhelanClare Mackintosh
Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 08-03-18
Language: English
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK

The Blurb

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They’re both wrong.

One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life – a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents’ deaths ever since.

Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother’s presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her. By digging up the past, she’ll set in motion something that can’t be stopped and will soon discover that sometimes it’s safer to let things lie….

The stunning, twisty new psychological thriller from number one best seller Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go and I See You.

My Review of Let Me Lie

This book felt a bit slow at times, but just when you think you know what’s happened you suddenly find out that you are wrong. There are lots of plot twists, some you’ll figure out easily, others not so. One completely threw me!

I have read books where I don’t like the characters much before and enjoyed them, but there was something about the main characters in this book that just irritated me. I did like the police man, Murray and his wife and although their story seemed a distraction from the actual plot, it was a nice one as they were characters I could enjoy reading about.

The story was riveting and I definitely wanted to find out what the heck was going on, yes, I was really lost at times. The final ‘showdown’ felt to be a bit of a let down. I just couldn’t believe it. The ending was good though, maybe the last little twist could have been omitted, I didn’t need that.

For a thriller/mystery I think the book delivered quite well. It was the first book by Clare Mackintosh that I’ve read but I’d be happy to delve into more.

I listened to the book on Audible and the narrator, Gemma Whelan, delivered the story really well.

You can also buy the book in hardback for £12.99 or paperback for £7.99 from Waterstones

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Book Worms Monthly July Link up Party

Welcome to Book worms Monthly July linkup

Hello, Welcome to Book worms Monthly, July. It took me a little longer than expected to get through The Starless Sea last month, but once I started my second book, The Suspect by Fiona Barton, I had it listened to in just 3 days. Do you find that some books you fly through a lot quicker than others. I guess some need more absorbing, while others you just can’t wait what is going to happen next?

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read. I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what book worms monthly is about. I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us for Book Worms Monthly

Book worms Monthly will be posted every month, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

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