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Platform Seven

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,065 ratings  ·  426 reviews
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 realize is that he has company. Lisa Evans
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published August 22nd 2019 by Faber Faber
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Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an unnerving, chilling and deeply unsettling novel from Louise Doughty, a literary blend of haunting ghost story and thriller revolving around two suicides that take place on the eponymous Platform Seven at Peterborough Station. In the very early hours of a bitterly cold November morning, a man makes his way to an isolated part of the station, far from any member of staff, thinking himself entirely alone as he walks purposefully to the edge of the platform. He is not alone, he is closely ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ive read several books by Louise Doughty and liked them all but I thought this one was breathtakingly good and arguably her best book yet. I couldnt put it down and was gripped from the start in this twisty tale. . I dont want to say much about the plot as it would spoil it for future readers so suffice it to say it concerns what happened to Lisa Evans at Peterborough station. The atmosphere in the book was fantastic throughout and you could picture the action on Platform 7 and elsewhere. The ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The ghost of a girl killed by a train at Platform Seven is trapped in the station. She spends her time observing the passengers and staff. Early one morning a man at the end of the platform falls in front of a train.
Slowly Lisa's memory begins to return and now she remembers her name and the events leading up to her death.
This was a slow moving tale about relationships and consequences.
Thanks you to NetGalley and Faber & Faber for my e-copy copy in exchange for an honest review.
I listened to this as an audio book as that was the only medium that was available via the library. I'm not sure I would have made it through reading it in print as it jumps around and has some slower, observational bits. Though, with that said, I did enjoy listening to it.

It is not a thriller. At all. It's sad and made me mad, but then, I realized it also had such a sweet nugget of joy showing how it's the little things in life that are what matters.

This was a really different book than what I
Roman Clodia
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I made the same mistake that women and girls throughout the ages and across continents have so often made, the one that is so easy, so seductive, so flattering to ourselves. I mistook possessiveness for love.

While this doesn't have the immediate compulsive grab of Doughty's Apple Tree Yard, it ends up being a more mature book by the end. Do stick with it, though - I found the first 25-30% hard going and difficult to pick up the tail of the narrative: but by the time Lisa starts telling her own
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 3 stars

In spite of its flaws Platform Seven is a lot more thoughtful than one might expect from its murder mystery premise.

There was a man on the station only two hours ago who will never go home again.

One of the least successful aspects of this book is that it tries, and doesn't really succeed, in combining two different genres and concepts together.
The first 30% or so of this novel proposes a slow and atmospheric take on the ghost story. Louise Doughty's use of the supernatural,
Liz Barnsley
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Platform Seven is beautifully written I sank into the writing of it - and the premise was clever and involving. Told from the point of view of a ghost, haunting a train station, there is a mix of mystery and drama that was immediately engaging.

A 5* rating seemed likely, however I became less enamoured with the actual story by the time I was at the halfway stage. The prose and the way Louise Doughty uses language is second to none but genuinely I did feel it went on a bit. And on..and then on a
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Platform Seven is Ms Doughty's ninth thriller and this time the paranormal plays a substantial part in the story as our narrator is actually a ghost. It's a very dark and unsettling read with a real sense of mystery and a fiendishly twisty narrative full of surprises. It broaches some important issues sensitively and compassionately too and given that we rarely see the issue of suicide depicted in a fictional manner (although Peterborough Station is very much real) I thought it was brave and ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
This book started off strongly but unfortunately became incredibly boring very quickly.

I would give a big warning to people who are thinking of picking this book up because of how upsetting and triggering it is. It starts of with graphic descriptions of suicide and is quite a challenge to read.

The book also deals with abuse relationships and gas lighting. Which is also very hard to read, I don't think this book should be recommend lightly.

It is told from a unique perspective and the writing is
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel has all the elements of dark fiction - paranormal, psychological, suspenseful thriller. There were parts of the story that endeared me into appreciating this read, and there were parts of the story line I had wished were more cohesive. And I expected more closure towards the end.

This is my first Louise Doughty and she weaves a most atmospheric read. If you have been in wait at a rail station or commute via rail, the writing transports you. The character is binding in her actions, of
Kiera O'Brien
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This is not a bad book but the marketing, the cover and even the title are so incredibly psychological thriller-y, and not only is this book very much not a psychological thriller, I think readers' expectations of a fast-moving plot and sharp twists are going to affect their enjoyment of what is actually a very nuanced and moving portrayal of an abusive relationship. For me, the opening chapters dragged, and it wasn't until Lisa's flashback started that I really got into Platform Seven.

Claire Fuller
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable, well-written, literary, thriller-y type novel. It's narrated by a ghost - Lisa - who has died on Platform Seven of Peterborough Station a short while after a man committed suicide there. As her memories gradually come back, we return to the time when Lisa was alive, and the events that led to her death. Lisa is also able to visit people who work at the station or are just travelling through and we get to know parts of their lives too - which was really well done. Everyone was ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this, what a captivating read. It has elements of the paranormal, but is really about human relationships, love, death and grief.

Highly recommended.
Mar 15, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish
I can tell this is not going to get any better. Im not sure how its going to be horror, though.. ...more
Gigi H
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf-2019

Unfortunately, this book was not what I thought it would be. Because it's told through the eyes of a ghost, I was expecting a much creepier story. Instead, the main character spends a lot of time observing others at the train station and getting lost in her own thoughts, which I found tiresome.

The premise sounded promising, but the story just didn't hold my attention long enough for me to want to continue.

Thank you Netgalley and Faber & Faber for my eARC
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing mix of psychological thriller and ghost story - and much more.
It begins with details of the late night/early morning events at a railway station in eastern England and the staff who work there. At 4 on a freezing November morning, Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. An unseen narrator, whose name we learn later is Lisa, notes the appearance of an elderly man who is sitting on a bench at the far end of Platform 7. Lisa knows what the man is thinking, but she is powerless to
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Initially I thought this was great. I was intrigued by the mystery of why Lisa was confined to the railway station, and what her precise state of being was. The characters she encountered and described were also fascinating.

However, once it moved to more of a straight narrative of her life with Matty, things became very predictable (Matty wasn't subtle) and depressing and I started skimming. The parallel story of Andrew and Ruth also had a rather unoriginal conclusion. Finally, the
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Trigger warnings for: abuse, gaslighting, mentions of pedophilia & CSA
Richard Fernandez
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Contains some mild and possibly helpful spoilers

Platform Seven by Louise Doughty is an incredibly ambitious novel. At its most basic, it is an exploration of a coercive relationship, but it has plenty to say about the value of life and the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live and work. Most audaciously, the narrator is dead, which makes Doughty literally a ghost writer. There are times when the resulting book rivals anything else I will read this year, and even when the
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels-set-in-uk
Psychological thriller set around PETERBOROUGH

When I used to travel down the East Coast Main Line (as it was in those days, now LNER, through multiple reincarnations), with children in tow, the train would always stop briefly at Peterborough Station. It is a veritable hub of train activity. Apart from calling it Peanut Butter station, there was something about the light on the uncovered platforms that made the passengers milling about seem to appear in sharp relief. We would always invent
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book started off promising. I thought it was interesting to read from the perspective of a ghost and finding out what had happened to her. Unfortunately, I was largely disappointed that the majority of this book focused on her abusive relationship.

Even though I understand that toxic relationships are represented accurately in this book, I have no patience when reading them. There's only so many red flag examples I can read through before I get impatient.

I was also very disappointed with
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Weird, atmospheric and unlike anything you've read before, this is a strange novel. It is from the point of view of a ghost, someone you know nothing about at the beginning, but revealed over the course of the novel. We discover first how she died, then we gradually are told the reasons why she is confined to Peterborough station, until she isn't anymore. While she waits at the station she observes the comings and goings of the staff and the commuters as they go about their business. There is ...more
Alice Bye
2/5 ⭐
Okay so the whole her being dead aspect was interesting, and her backstory, but honestly, other then those bits it was boring as Hell.
TW: Suicide, abuse, gaslighting

This book was very different than I thought it would be, and it hurt my enjoyment of it a bit. From the premise, I thought it would be a bit more of a thriller than it ended up being, and the story went in a very different direction than I expected.

I had trouble getting through this book, it was very slow and even boring at times. In the end, I can appreciate it for what it is, but it wasn't the best reading experience for me.

Go into this with an open mind, the
switterbug (Betsey)
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Louise Doughtys literary crime thriller, Apple Tree Yard, kept me on the edge of my seat. The narrator/protagonist was successful in her professional life--persuasive, subtle, and empathetic. The reader could not be sure until the very end whether she was a reliable narrator, which added juice. In her latest foray, PLATFORM SEVEN, the narrator is an early 30s teacherand shes dead. Shes a ghost. A bit derivative or possibly gimmicky at first glance, but the author convinced me that the ghost ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Louise Doughty is an author I only know about because of her twisty novel Apple Tree Yard. I enjoyed this well enough, but hadn't picked up another of her books until I was given a review copy of Platform Seven. The novel was not quite what I was expecting, but I found it interesting from the outset. The narrative is compelling, and the story takes twists and turns which held my attention. It is literary but easy to read, and is a novel which I certainly recommend.
Grace Nielsen
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. It twists and turns so you are unsure of what the focus of the story is but I really enjoyed that about it. I don't want to give anything away but I encourage people to read this as it is a fab book.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Awful.That' s 2 awfuls in a row.I really need a good book.
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
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Louise Doughty is a novelist, playwright and critic. She is the author of five novels; CRAZY PAVING, DANCE WITH ME, HONEY-DEW, FIRES IN THE DARK and STONE CRADLE, and one work of non-fiction A NOVEL IN A YEAR. She has also written five plays for radio. She has worked widely as a critic and broadcaster in the UK, where she lives, and was a judge for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for fiction.

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