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The Girl on the Platform

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On her way home from work, Bridgit sees a young girl being dragged from a train platform and believes she has been kidnapped. The police investigate and have their doubts. Brigit’s wellbeing is then brought further into question as she fixates on other child-kidnappings and is being stalked by a man in a white van. Another mystery suspense story with a flawed female protagonist that seems the basis of so much domestic noir these days. Bryony Pearce has written a nicely tense, nuanced saga with plenty of twists and turns - a three-star rating.  With thanks to NetGalley and the author for a preview copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are freely given and totally my own.
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Bridget, a wife and mother suffering from postnatal depression, witnesses a little girl being kidnapped while riding the train home. But, no one else on the train sees it. She tells the police, but she doesn't think they believe her. She starts her own search for the missing girl which leads her into her own downward spiral. 

This book was riveting! The story captured me from the start and kept a tight hold on me until the very end. I felt like I was spiraling right along with Bridget. This one kept me up late into the night to read "just one more chapter."  And it was all I could think about until I could pick it up again to continue reading. All the characters were relatable. I could feel, Bridget's frustration with the police and her family's disregard to the urgency of finding this missing girl. Which created an urgency in me to finish this book. Some mystery/thrillers fall flat in the middle or the end, but this one held a steady pace until it skyrocketed. You won't see the twists coming. If you love psychological thrillers than this one is a must read!
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I will start by saying that I figured out fairly early on what was going to happen, however despite my suspicions being correct it didn’t spoil it for me.

I found the whole story to be dark and intense. Bridget is on anti-depressants and many times throughout I was questioning whether the things that were happening to her were actually true or just a figment of her imagination. I felt so confused with some events but I think this really helped get into the mind of Bridget because if I was confused then I could only imagine just how Bridget felt.

The first part of the book follows Bridget as she takes it upon herself to figure out who kidnapped this girl which at times were a little slow but added to the intensity of it all. No one believes her and it was frustrating at times to see her be put down by her husband and her own mother.

As mentioned, I had already figured out the ending, but the final third of the book when everything begins to come together were still my absolute favourite parts despite knowing what was coming. They were sinister and gave me a ‘Misery’ vibe. Everything suddenly felt very claustrophobic and it felt like I was reading a scene from a horror film – very intense indeed, that’s all I’m saying!

Overall I think this is a brilliant thriller and if you’re new to the genre then I would definitely recommend giving this a read.
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OMG i loved this book.  The story had me gripped from the very beginning and I raced to the ending.  Although I figured out quite early in the story an element of what was happening the ending still blows you away.
Bridget is a new mum who has returned to work from her maternity leave.  She's working long hours.  Her Husband Tom is now staying home to care for baby Grace who she hardly see's.  To top it all she's recovering from post natal depression and on medication.
On a journey home one night she witnesses a girl being snatched from a station.  However, no one else on the train saw anything.  No one believes her and the police dismiss her as a time waster.  However, somewhere out there a family is missing their daughter.  
Bridget goes about finding the truth leading to  dangerous consequences.  By finding out who this girl is will she put herself and her daughter at risk.
Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC
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This was a deep read.   A very relatable read.  A. very heart felt read.  I was spinning from page one.  A woman that is a mother... a true mother at that has a heart for her children and others that may seem lost or hurt. Bridget is suffering from the effects of postpartum depression.  She witnesses a kidnapping from a moving commuter train, but no one believes her.  This just made the ride even harder to read as I could feel her anxiety.  

This was a really good read but if it is too close to home delay it until you are healed.

Thank you NetGalley as well as the author Bryony Pearce and the publisher.
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I read The Girl on the Platform by Bryony Pearce in one sitting on a rainy afternoon. I am rating this 3.5 stars (marking as 4).. There was good potential for this to be 5 stars as the idea was great. This psychological thriller had a great beginning and an intense well-done ending. In my opinion, the middle of the book needs lots of work. There was too much repetition for me:the meds, sickness…....A good editor would help. I did figure out the big twist almost at the beginning. I think Pearce has a lot of potential. My thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for an ARC of this book. The opinions in this review are my own.
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A compelling story about Bridget a working Mum who endured a daily commute while her husband stayed home to look after their baby. She is worn down and tired. One fateful day she witnesses the kidnapping of a child. The story intensifies as this apparent crime is not reported by anyone other than Bridget. As nobody seems to believe her she is forced to face demons from her past. The outcome is totally unexpected.
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I received a free copy from the publisher.. This is my honest review.

As a fan of psychological thrillers, I find it increasingly difficult to find a new book that grabs me with twists that satisfy,. This is a well-written novel, and the twists and turns were intriguing and interesting. I enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to others.
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This is a gripping psychological thriller. 
On the train going home after a long day at work, Bridget sees a young girl being kidnapped and bundled into a van. She calls the Police but when they look into it, there are no reports about the missing girl. 
No one believes her, not the Police or her husband, and no one else on the train saw the kidnapping so Bridget feels very frustrated. She’s worrying so much about the little girl that she soon becomes obsessed.
This is a bit of a slow burner but as the story develops there’s some real shocks in store. 
A great psychological thriller that I really enjoyed. 
Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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Well this book hit the ground running and never let up until the end. It had me spinning about chasing my tail as I tried to figure out what was going on. Who was good, who was bad, who to believe... and all these questions served up around a twisty turny plot that kept me on my toes throughout.
So... Bridget is on her way home, on a crowded train. She is a new mum and sleep is evasive so she is nodding off and on as the train travels. She wakes at a small station only to see a young girl being snatched from the platform by two men and bundled into a van. She looks round to see if anyone else saw it but to no avail. How could no one else have seen it? She raises the alarm and the police get involved, but she isn't really convinced they believe her. She can not name the station, no one else saw anything, no young girls have been reported missing. But she knows what she saw and it becomes an obsession, so much that it takes over her life, but little does she think what the repercussions will be to her own life...
Oh my, this is an intense read that basically held me captive throughout my time reading it. Oh how I felt for Bridget and what she was going / put herself through. I was also quite impressed with some of the things she did and how she did them to try and get to the truth.. and what a truth.. but shhh. I did have a bit of an inkling but it wasn't until the final reveal that the whole, shocking truth of what really happened hit me... and breathe...
It's brutal and shocking and, well darned right emotional. And all kinds of wonderful. If this doesn't end up in my top 5 books of the year.. well...
My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.
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It reads as a mix of The Girl on the Train and Sharp Objects, and was frustrating at first -- either Bridget is yet another example of the unhinged and unreliable female protagonist, or she's being seriously gaslighted. But it was so worth it. 

Synopsis: Bridget, a new working mom, is dozing on a commuter train home when she sees a young girl abducted from a train station. But no one else sees the kidnapping and no one has reported a child missing. Bridget is certain of what she saw, even if no one believes her. 

This started off feeling somewhat redundant to common thriller tropes, but OH MAN the ENDING. Once I got about halfway in, I flew through the of the book, finishing it in two days. The ending was so exciting, and disturbing, and actually ended up being surprisingly touching. I completely loved the ending and how everything came together. 

If you enjoy thrillers, this is worth the read! Thanks to #netgalley and #avonbooks for an early copy of this.
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I loved this book, a tense thriller, it was just my cup of tea and every page kept me wanting to read more. It kept me guessing right to the end, just brilliant.
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I loved it !! The story felt a bit predictable but the writing was beautiful and totally captivating. Once I got into the story I was really hooked . I will definitely recommend this to my fellow book lovers !!
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There's not much to say about this thriller besides it was really obvious what was going on from the first couple of chapters, and I didn't like the character of Bridget. I guess with the ending you can get why she acts the way she does, but it was hard to take since it seemed most of the time she was crying and shaking and obsessing over missing children. There were way too many twists (that made zero sense by the way) for me to even find this book believable. I think at one point I realized that this would have been right up my alley years ago if it appeared on a random Sunday Night Made for TV movie. Thankfully my tastes have evolved.

"The Girl on the Platform" follows Bridget who is drowsing a bit on a train when she wakes up and suddenly sees a girl on a platform she's passing being taken by two men and dragged off into a van. Bridget manages to call the police and the train is held for a couple of hours while the police try to figure out what stop Bridget saw the abduction. Unfortunately the police don't find anything, and Bridget returns home and barely manages to hold it together. Readers then find out that Bridget is back at work and her husband, Tom, is staying at home writing a screenplay (I think, honestly I kept forgetting what he was supposedly doing) while also caring for their 8 month old daughter, Grace. We find out that Bridget is dealing with post-partum depression and feels resentful of not being there for her daughter like Tom is. The book though jumps back and forth between Bridget investigating the disappearance of the girl that was taken (after the police push back on her account) while also dealing with her troubled personal life with her husband and mother. 

Bridget was just a lot to deal with while reading. Since she's the main character and the one we follow, I just find myself getting tired of her "investigation" and lying to her husband about what she was up to. I just never really got a handle on her as a character, not even when I got to the end of the book. 

Bridget's husband was a saint. Honestly. Because when you read the whole book and get to the ending one wonders why he's with her. I saw no real reason why anyone would want to date or marry Bridget. Her mother was a lot and way too into her life and though we hear tales on how fun she used to be and how she was always racing to do things, it just felt like a whole other character we were never formally introduced to.

The flow of the book is really slow. 

The ending was when things really came apart for me. I saw the twists coming (except for two things), but it was just so over the top and surreal I felt like I stumbled upon a student production of a really bad play. It just didn't seem grounded in reality at all. I often wonder how authors write their books, do they think of the ending first and work backwards, or do they start off with a rough outline. This book had an interesting idea (slightly) but think it went off the rails to the point that it wasn't a realistic thriller.
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Being a first time mom isn’t easy. It seems particularly hard for Bridgette who is dealing with postpartum depression, trying to be a good mom to Grace and a good wife to Tom while working full time. On a train ride home late one night she sees a little girl being kidnapped by two men.  What follows is a psychological thriller that is well written with a nail biting ending !! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Yes!! (Fistbump) I called this 1! 

What a brilliant story! I absolutely loved this book from the beginning to the end. At times it felt like I was getting heart palpitations in frustration with nobody believing poor Bridget! On her way home, she sees a young girl being abducted from a train station but nobody else on the train sees this. The police cannot find any proof that a girl has gone missing. Did she imagine or dream these events? Soon her life spirals out of control. Will her obsession to find the truth destroy her marriage? Some people might think it is better to let dead dogs lie....... 

The characters were very well portrayed and I felt like poisoning a few!! (Cough in fist whispering MOTHER) 

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon books UK  for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion
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My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
But no one believes Bridget Carlson -  our totally unreliable narrator.  Bridget  is suffering from post-partum depression and is severely sleep deprived.  She has recurring, vivid dreams of a little girl who is being kept in a room by a mean woman.  Bridget starts to  fixate on other unsolved abductions and slowly starts to form a conspiracy theory:  there seems to be a pattern to all of these abductions.  By the end of the second chapter, even I had my very serious doubts about Bridget's sanity.

But this is a thriller, so I try to remain open to the idea that there was in fact an abduction.  Bridget's investigations into past abductions brings up a 20 year old cold case.  Young Frances Dobson went missing at a train station while her mother was chatting with a friend..  People reported seeing a white van at the time.  So, the question now is:  did Bridget witness this abduction at an earlier point in her life, or is there something more sinister afoot?

I didn't find it  hard to guess what really happened:  plenty of clues left out in the open.  (But no spoilers here.)
 I found the summing up a bit hard to swallow.  It took quite a few people, colluding for twenty years, to pull this one off.  Didn't ring true for me, but this was a decent read, the  writing was very good and there was certainly plenty of sustained  suspense.   I can see why other reviewers liked it, but  so many things didn't click together for me.   I'm rating this mystery/thriller a 3.3 out of 5
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Bridget is suffering from post natal depression and low self esteem. On her train commute back after a long day at work Bridget see a young girl being kidnapped from a platform and bundled into a van, However there are no reports in the news about the missing girl, No one believes her, not the police, not her husband, not her mother and no one else on the train saw the kidnapping. She knows that she is the only one who can save the little girl and to her own detriment she becomes obsessed.

This was a chilling psychological thriller which I raced through, I had to know what happened. The are lots of twists, a definite must read.
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When new mother Bridget catches her train home from London, she witnesses something terrible,: a young girl is taken from the platform, right before her eyes. But no one is reported missing and with Bridget the only witness, she's written off as attention seeker. But Bridget knows what she saw, and becomes consumed with finding the little girl.

This is a dark, chilling and very addictive book. The plotline has been cleverly crafted. Bridget knows what she saw, but no one believes her, not even her husband. Bridget is determined to find out the truth, no matter what the cost is. The pace is slow to begin with but then it slowly builds to the end. WE are drip fed little pieces of information which made me realise where the story was going relatively early. That didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book. I will be looking out for more from the author in future.

I would like to thank #NetGalley, #AvonBooksUk and the author #BryonyPearce for my ARC of #TheGirlOnThePlatform in exchange for an honest review.
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