Monday 10 May 2021

The Girl on the Platform - Bryony Pearce

A missing child. A single witness.
I am the girl on the platform.
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?

A dark and absorbing thriller with the impact of memorable series like Broadchurch or The Missing, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Erin Kinsley’s Found.

What did I think?

Wow!  What a brilliant debut from Bryony Pearce; I simply couldn't put it down and read it over a 24 hour period.  I have to admit that when I first saw the title I thought it was an attempt to piggyback on the success of The Girl on the Train (even the synopsis mentions it) but The Girl on the Platform is a fantastic book in its own right.  

Bridget has returned to work after her pregnancy, with her husband Tom being a stay at home Dad for baby Alice.  The pregnancy has left Bridget with a body she no longer recognises and vehemently despises which knocks her personal confidence.  As she travels home from work one evening on the train, she sees a young girl being bundled into a white van against her will.  Appealing to the other passengers to confirm what she saw, not one person can corroborate her story, leaving the police and her family questioning whether she really saw anything at all.

It's not surprising that nobody saw anything out of the train window; most people have their heads down engrossed in their various screens these days.  I really admired Bridget for not bowing to peer pressure and standing up for what she believed in, even though she was the only one.  I believed her completely at first but as the story progresses and Bridget is painted as as increasing unreliable character, I could feel doubt creeping into my mind over what Bridget saw that night.

So very addictive, it's impossible to put The Girl on the Platform down once you pick it up.  The plot is outstanding and even though I worked some of it out quite early on, I still absolutely loved it.  This is such an accomplished debut that I am already excited to see what Bryony Pearce writes next; remember that name as she is definitely one to watch.

Very highly recommended and undoubtedly a five star rating for this superb thriller.

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