• Keely B

Rush-hour tube journeys will never be the same...

After reading this, you will never get on a tube train in rush hour without wondering what's going on in the corner. Having lived in London, the ease with which I believed this could go on was disconcerting and on the whole, I enjoyed the ride... The protagonist is deeply unlikeable and unsympathetic, especially at the beginning, which is refreshing and the author has brought her struggles with her psychological well-being brilliantly to life. You feel so frustrated with her, for much of the book, in fact. But they aren't thrown at the reader constantly or in a bid for sympathy, again refreshing. The character has lived as she is for many years so details of her past and how she lives now are thrown in casually and the people around her are either oblivious or sadly accustomed to it all. There were a few plot points I didn't think about too closely and some questions which weren't tied up satisfactorily, however, my main criticism would have to be Oliver. He was this seemingly perfect shadow in the story and I didn't really ever get a sense of him as human. He came across as a bit of a superhero (to which many of you will shout 'what's wrong with that?') and I think this did the story a disservice. Pacy writing and the easy-to-read style made it fly along and an unusual 'heroine' and crowded public transport as a good thing for once, make this one to pick up on holiday (or maybe on your commute home)

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