Even though I am not keen on books that are written in the First person I loved it right from the start!
I was in Miss Oliphant’s world, I think the reason why is …… we are all like her in a way ….. the same route to work, same coffee in the same bakery chain the same sandwich deal for lunch.
Her awkwardness in social gatherings (or trying to avoid them) ozzes out of the page, you can FEEL it!
I kept saying to myself as I read “you wouldn’t treat her like that if you knew what she was going through” and it is true we have no idea of what secret scars and troubles someone is hiding ….. treat everyone with a little kindness it might just make a difference.
And the little twist near the end?! I had to stop and go back a page or two and say “hang on have I got this?”
Absolutely cracking story …. it flows full of images like a film in your head. I could hardly put it down.
An admirable debut novel from Gail Honeyman and a deserving four stars from me!