Platform Seven by Louise Doughty – Book Review



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 realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge.

Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months – surely they’re connected?

No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die.


I was lucky to read this via The Pigeon Hole, as a daily staves.

I found this to be a slightly unsettling read, as while its focus is on Lisa and her thoughts, she is actually a ghost. She had died on Platform 7.

She watches a man do the same and it’s so tense as she knows what he’s about to do, but can do nothing to help. She knows how he’s thinking, as she had been in the same situation.

I like the way it tells of the effects of these suicides by train have on the people who work on the stations and the poor sods of the British Transport Police (although from personal experience, I know it’s actually a lot worse and lasts for years).

We learn of Lisa’s life and the controlling people she was involved with and it is quite a bleak subject at times, but is written in such an emotional way it offers hope.

A compelling and thought provoking read.

Thank you to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.


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