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The Girl on the Platform

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This book is engaging and suspenseful.  It begins with an exhausted working mother  witnessing a kidnapping that no one else saw or reported.   Feeling a heavy responsibility to rescue a child no one else is looking for, she becomes consumed with her own investigation, impacting her work and family life and leading her to revelations  about her own life. Although the back story involved in the ending seemed a bit convoluted to me,  overall I enjoyed this psychological thriller which I consumed quickly.
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I received in advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review

Hecking heck, this was twisty!  I was riveted throughout, and when I figured out the twist about 3/4 in it was satisfying instead of a letdown. We definitely recommend to all
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Any reader that loves these psychological thrillers knows that a lot of them are so much alike and this one was the same.  The book was good but fell into so many others stories.  If you don't mind that then you'll really enjoy this book but for me I like to read different stories unlike others written.
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4 stars 

Wow, did I tear through this book! 

Bridget, the m.c. is not living her best life when readers meet her. She is struggling with post natal depression, being a new mom in general, accepting her physical body, negotiating her job/mom/partner duties, not really sleeping, and struggling to understand what is and is not real. Also, it is apparent from the jump that her mother is absolute trash. It seems just Bridget's luck that she would - in this stellar time of her life - be the only witness to a young girl's kidnapping on her train ride home from work one night. Through these early scenes and all through to the end of the novel, it's easy to understand why Bridget's grasp on reality is so tenuous, and Pearce makes readers feel that uncertainty right along with her. 

While I think the central mystery is way too obvious (I'm not one to try to figure out what is happening early on, but this was just too clear to ignore), I still liked a lot here. The pacing is excellent; the plot moves quickly, and the interspersed scenes from a young girl's perspective versus the standard characters' actions flow seamlessly. The villains are truly awful, and while Bridget makes decisions that seem confusing, ill advised, etc. most of the time, it's easy to build sympathy for her. 

If you are the kind of mystery reader who likes a lot of twists, surprises, misdirects, etc., this may not be exactly your brand. However, I found this to be a solid mystery and thriller, a speedy and enjoyable read, and a great use of a tortured, un/reliable narrator. I am excited to read more from Pearce.
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New mother, Bridget, has returned to work after having her baby but she is exhausted. One day on the way home from work on the train she dozes off and wakes to see a disturbing sight, a little girl being snatched by two men from a train platform she is passing. She immediately alerts the police, but with no other witnesses and no reports of a missing girl, they are left baffled by the report and unable to investigate. As the story goes on, Bridget becomes obsessed with the 'case' and sets out to investigate herself. Only what she finds is far more disturbing and will change the life of her and her family forever. This one did take some time to get into and was more of a slow moving mystery initially. Though towards the end I could not finish it soon enough and just had to know was headed.
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The Girl on the Platform by Bryony Pearce is a psychological thriller that keeps you guessing from page one.  Bridget is suffering from the effects of postpartum depression.  She witnesses a kidnapping from a moving commuter train, but no one believes her.  You are given glimpses of the kidnapped child, but even with proof of this chid being held against her will you can not help but doubt if this is even real.  Bridget’s life implodes from the inside as trying to find this missing child consumes everything she has.  The characters are true to life and relatable which draws the reader even further.  You can not help but try to figure out who to sympathize with and who is at fault.  Trust me though, you will be shocked when it is not at all what it seems.  I love this genre and this is one of the top five for me of the year.  I had my daughter read it too, and she keeps flagging me off as she can not put the book down either.  I was blown away by the ending and honestly can not stop thinking about it.  

I was provided a free advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review from Net Galley and Avon Books UK. The opinions shared in this review are my own.
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Bridget is travelling on a train to get bak to her family after a long day at work when she witnesses a little girl being kidnapped from a dark platform. Surprisingly, no one else on the train saw it, so the police and her family start doubting she is telling the truth. 

With nobody believing her, Bridget begins an investigation on her own, but will she be ready to learn what it will uncover?

This book really gave me chills. Not only it is an excellent thriller with numerous twists and turns, but it also gives an insight into the mind of an anxious mother with post natal depression, and I loved it from start to finish. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book in return for my honest feedback.
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This was an excellent thriller telling the story of a young mother on the quest to save a child’s life, no matter what it might cost her. An excellent read!
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Bridget is travelling home from work on the train when she sees a young girl being kidnapped at one of the train stations they pass.  But no one has been reported as being missing and nobody believes Bridget.  Determined to find out the truth since no one else is interested, Bridget puts everything into trying to find the girl... But could her obsession risk her relationships with her husband and baby daughter... and even her own life?

I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down.  The story was incredibly thrilling and tense and I couldn't wait to hear the truth.  The twists and turns were brilliant and the ending shocking.  With the great range of characters and fantastic plot, I really recommend this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book in return for my honest feedback.
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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. 
No one knows where I am. 
But no one is reported missing and with Bridget the only witness, she is written off as an attention seeker. Nobody believes her – not even her own husband.
Can you find me?  
But Bridget knows what she saw, and becomes consumed with finding the little girl. Only she can save the child’s life… but could delving into the mystery cost Bridget her own?

Wow, this book was absolutely amazing!! I read the synopsis and I expected good things, but wow.  I think this is possibly one of the best books I have read.

I read this book in one sitting.  I was so absorbed and I just ignored the world around me (which isn't hard at the moment).  This book was a great escape and is perfect for any fans of Girl on the Train.
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This book had a wonderful twist at the end. Shocked me! But I did have a hard time sticking with it and found myself skimming more than anything. Overall I would say average with a great ending.
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