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  • Fascinating & Very Worthwhile

    If you favour sinister and creepy ghost tales then Platform Seven by Louise Doughty is a must-read! On Platform Seven at Peterborough Station, England, in the early hours of a terribly cold November morning, a man makes his way to an isolated part of the station, thinking himself entirely alone as he walks purposefully to the edge of the platform. He is observed by the ghost of Lisa Evans, a woman in her thirties who had herself committed suicide there eighteen months earlier, but she is unable to intervene and prevent the tragedy that ensues. What follows is basically an account of the aftermath of the man's suicide as various people attempt to cope with what they have seen. Unusually, the story is narrated by Lisa's ghost, who becomes a "spirit guide" throughout the novel. Through her, the reader eavesdrops on conversations and is party to the innermost thoughts of various characters, especially a young man called Caleb on whom she becomes fixated. Gradually, the reader learns more about Lisa, her former life and the reason she is trapped in Peterborough Railway Station. As she makes desperate attempts to communicate with the living, there's a dramatic change in her circumstances. In this character-driven tale of love, obsession and possession, every page was filled with unsettling, unnerving foreboding and I was beguiled and completely engrossed. For many readers, a tale complete with emotional abuse, loss, vulnerability, manipulation and ruthless exploitation would be too much, but in Louise Doughty's grip I was rewarded with a tense, well drawn character study. Platform Seven was an extremely unusual take on a modern ghost story. All of the people in the novel were believable, each with their own identities, concerns and flaws. None were perfect but most tried to do the best they could for themselves and for others which gave them a sense of authenticity and genuineness. I thoroughly enjoyed Platform Seven and felt that by the end Lisa had come to terms with her fate. The conclusion was neat and for me, there were no loose threads. Louise Doughty is definitely a magnificent story-teller and her descriptions were amazing; I could tell that she possesses an immensely vivid imagination. Although this was a dark, unsettling read in places, it was also a strong, uplifting, almost spiritual tale which was ultimately, very rewarding. I would certainly recommend it to readers who want a very different take on the usual psychological thriller. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Faber & Faber via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Platform seven

    A tale that will grip you. It can be read as a story to enjoy but also has many philosophical points about life in general. One can get a feeling for all the characters as they describe people we have known or are reading about ourselves.Reading about a ghose put me off at first but it is what makes the story and one can really feel how the ghost is thinking.It takes place at a real setting and the background places are true

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  • Not my style

    Started of great, but going one fourth of the book I thought what is the real story line? Had hopes for great ending but it was more like one of Lisa's scented candles.

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