Platform Seven – Louise Doughty


This is the first time I have read this author and I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the writing style and the unusual aspect it was written from.

I was originally drawn the to novel because Peterborough Station is somewhere I have changed trains numerous times and close to where I was brought up and lived so I was intrigued.

Lisa, who is a ghost, narrates the story.  At four o’clock in the morning a man makes his way to platform seven, which is the furthest away from all the night staff and out of vision.  Lisa sees him and tries to stop him from jumping under the train.

This isn’t merely a ghost story though.  It is a dark, unnerving (at times) analysis of lives and how they intertwine as well as the secrets people hide.  The depths of love, abuse and family life are carefully explored with no holes barred.  I found it a gripping read and will definitely be seeking out others by this author as ‘Apple Tree Yard’ is highly rated as well.

Thanks to NetGalley, Faber and Faber Ltd, Faber & Faber, and Louise Doughty for my ARC in return for my honest review.

Excellent read and highly recommended.

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