Platform Seven by Louise Doughty

Platform Seven

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 a...

Details Platform Seven

TitlePlatform Seven
Release DateAug 22nd, 2019
PublisherFaber Faber
GenreHorror, Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Thriller

Reviews Platform Seven

  • Paromjit
    This is an unnerving, chilling and deeply unsettling novel from Louise Doughty, a literary blend of haunting ghost story and thriller revolving around two suicides that take place on the eponymous Platform Seven at Peterborough Station. In the very early hours of a bitterly cold November morning, a man makes his way to an isolated part of the station, far from any member of staff, thinking himself entirely alone as he walks purposefully to the ed...
  • Ceecee
    I’ve read several books by Louise Doughty and liked them all but I thought this one was breathtakingly good and arguably her best book yet. I couldn’t put it down and was gripped from the start in this twisty tale. . I don’t want to say much about the plot as it would spoil it for future readers so suffice it to say it concerns what happened to Lisa Evans at Peterborough station. The atmosphere in the book was fantastic throughout and you c...
  • Pauline
    The ghost of a girl killed by a train at Platform Seven is trapped in the station. She spends her time observing the passengers and staff. Early one morning a man at the end of the platform falls in front of a train. Slowly Lisa's memory begins to return and now she remembers her name and the events leading up to her death. This was a slow moving tale about relationships and consequences.Thanks you to NetGalley and Faber & Faber for my e-copy cop...
  • Roman Clodia
    I made the same mistake that women and girls throughout the ages and across continents have so often made, the one that is so easy, so seductive, so flattering to ourselves. I mistook possessiveness for love. While this doesn't have the immediate compulsive grab of Doughty's Apple Tree Yard, it ends up being a more mature book by the end. Do stick with it, though - I found the first 25-30% hard going and difficult to pick up the tail of the narra...
  • Anna Luce
    3 starsIn spite of its flaws Platform Seven is a lot more thoughtful than one might expect from its murder mystery premise. “There was a man on the station only two hours ago who will never go home again.” One of the least successful aspects of this book is that it tries, and doesn't really succeed, in combining two different genres and concepts together. The first 30% or so of this novel proposes a slow and atmospheric take on the ghost sto...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Platform Seven is beautifully written I sank into the writing of it - and the premise was clever and involving. Told from the point of view of a ghost, haunting a train station, there is a mix of mystery and drama that was immediately engaging.A 5* rating seemed likely, however I became less enamoured with the actual story by the time I was at the halfway stage. The prose and the way Louise Doughty uses language is second to none but genuinely I ...
  • Lou
    Platform Seven is Ms Doughty's ninth thriller and this time the paranormal plays a substantial part in the story as our narrator is actually a ghost. It's a very dark and unsettling read with a real sense of mystery and a fiendishly twisty narrative full of surprises. It broaches some important issues sensitively and compassionately too and given that we rarely see the issue of suicide depicted in a fictional manner (although Peterborough Station...
  • Cathie
    This novel has all the elements of dark fiction - paranormal, psychological, suspenseful thriller. There were parts of the story that endeared me into appreciating this read, and there were parts of the story line I had wished were more cohesive. And I expected more closure towards the end.This is my first Louise Doughty and she weaves a most atmospheric read. If you have been in wait at a rail station or commute via rail, the writing transports ...
  • Claire Fuller
    Really enjoyable, well-written, literary, thriller-y type novel. It's narrated by a ghost - Lisa - who has died on Platform Seven of Peterborough Station a short while after a man committed suicide there. As her memories gradually come back, we return to the time when Lisa was alive, and the events that led to her death. Lisa is also able to visit people who work at the station or are just travelling through and we get to know parts of their live...
  • Helen
    Thoroughly enjoyed this, what a captivating read. It has elements of the paranormal, but is really about human relationships, love, death and grief. Highly recommended.
  • Tripfiction
    Psychological thriller set around PETERBOROUGHWhen I used to travel down the East Coast Main Line (as it was in those days, now LNER, through multiple reincarnations), with children in tow, the train would always stop briefly at Peterborough Station. It is a veritable hub of train activity. Apart from calling it Peanut Butter station, there was something about the light on the uncovered platforms that made the passengers milling about seem to app...
  • Gram
    An intriguing mix of psychological thriller and ghost story - and much more. It begins with details of the late night/early morning events at a railway station in eastern England and the staff who work there. At 4 on a freezing November morning, Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. An unseen narrator, whose name we learn later is Lisa, notes the appearance of an elderly man who is sitting on a bench at the far end of Platform 7. Lisa knows w...
  • Gigi H
    DNFUnfortunately, this book was not what I thought it would be. Because it's told through the eyes of a ghost, I was expecting a much creepier story. Instead, the main character spends a lot of time observing others at the train station and getting lost in her own thoughts, which I found tiresome.The premise sounded promising, but the story just didn't hold my attention long enough for me to want to continue.Thank you Netgalley and Faber & Faber ...
  • Bridget
    Weird, atmospheric and unlike anything you've read before, this is a strange novel. It is from the point of view of a ghost, someone you know nothing about at the beginning, but revealed over the course of the novel. We discover first how she died, then we gradually are told the reasons why she is confined to Peterborough station, until she isn't anymore. While she waits at the station she observes the comings and goings of the staff and the comm...
  • Richard Fernandez
    Contains some mild and possibly helpful spoilersPlatform Seven by Louise Doughty is an incredibly ambitious novel. At its most basic, it is an exploration of a coercive relationship, but it has plenty to say about the value of life and the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live and work. Most audaciously, the narrator is dead, which makes Doughty literally a ghost writer. There are times when the resulting book rivals anythin...
  • Kirsty
    Louise Doughty is an author I only know about because of her twisty novel Apple Tree Yard. I enjoyed this well enough, but hadn't picked up another of her books until I was given a review copy of Platform Seven. The novel was not quite what I was expecting, but I found it interesting from the outset. The narrative is compelling, and the story takes twists and turns which held my attention. It is literary but easy to read, and is a novel which I c...
  • Grace Nielsen
    I couldn't put this book down. It twists and turns so you are unsure of what the focus of the story is but I really enjoyed that about it. I don't want to give anything away but I encourage people to read this as it is a fab book.
  • Bridget
    If you favour sinister and creepy ghost tales then Platform Seven by Louise Doughty is a must-read! On Platform Seven at Peterborough Station, England, in the early hours of a terribly cold November morning, a man makes his way to an isolated part of the station, thinking himself entirely alone as he walks purposefully to the edge of the platform. He is observed by the ghost of Lisa Evans, a woman in her thirties who had herself committed suicid...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Louise Doughty’s literary crime thriller, Apple Tree Yard, kept me on the edge of my seat. The narrator/protagonist was successful in her professional life--persuasive, subtle, and empathetic. The reader could not be sure until the very end whether she was a reliable narrator, which added juice. In her latest foray, PLATFORM SEVEN, the narrator is an early 30s teacher—and she’s dead. She’s a ghost. A bit derivative or possibly gimmicky at...
  • Paula
    Awful.That' s 2 awfuls in a row.I really need a good book.
  • Fay Flude
    This is one of the best books I have read in some while.An emotionally intelligent tale, Louis Doughty has crafted the most beautiful, heart-breaking, original and poignant way to portray emotional abuse, love in all its forms and how we learn to let go.The story is narrated by a ghost, Lisa, who is trapped on Platform Seven of Peterborough train station, where her life ended. The story starts with a man who commits suicide by jumping in front of...
  • Kiera O'Brien
    This is not a bad book but the marketing, the cover and even the title are so incredibly psychological thriller-y, and not only is this book very much not a psychological thriller, I think readers' expectations of a fast-moving plot and sharp twists are going to affect their enjoyment of what is actually a very nuanced and moving portrayal of an abusive relationship. For me, the opening chapters dragged, and it wasn't until Lisa's flashback start...
  • Vikki Patis
    When I tried to explain this book to my partner, the only way to describe it was: 'it's really weird but really good'. Platform Seven is a unique book, not only because it is told from the perspective of a ghost, but because it reads like a coming-of-age story, as Lisa follows her past in order to release her spirit. We watch her watch herself, watch her understanding develop. Through the relationship with Matty, with her parents, the united fron...
  • Jo
    Never would I have imagined that a novel set on and around Peterborough railway station would have me so entranced. And it's narrated by a bloody ghost as well. It's a mix of human story, crime and mystery, spookiness and love.
  • Linda Richardson
    I completely understand why others have rated it a 3. Personally I deeply connected to the main character (who was a ghost), loved the author’s style of writing, and was invested in the story. However I found my mind wandering and the book a slow read after the first 3 hours of listening on Audio via Hoopla. I desperately wanted to find out what happened, not place this in my DNF pile, but I didn’t feel I could hang in for the remaining 9 1/2...
  • Josary
    I read this book quite quickly which is always a sign that it’s a good one and I enjoyed it a lot. When an author explains and describes something your imagination takes over picturing the area they are describing but with this book I didn’t need to as I know this city very well and I could follow the the very accurate paths that Lisa takes around the area. This turned out to be a different (wonderful) reading experience for me. Very much rec...
  • Mandy
    Lisa Evans is dead. She now exists as a ghost haunting Platform 7 at Peterborough station where she met her death at just 36. She has no memory of how she died, but as the novel progresses both she and we the readers discover the back story and we meet her family, her friends and her doctor boyfriend. Slowly the mystery unfolds. In the first third of the book Lisa is trapped on the station and can only observe what's going on – Platform 7 is in...
  • Melanie’s reads
    Every now and again there comes along a book that’s so special it makes you look at life a little differently, makes you question what you think you know and choices you have made. The writing is so evocative and lyrical, which is at complete odds as the subjects are dark and harrowing, but it works, boy does it work.The main protagonist Lisa is a ghost, wandering Peterborough Railway Station, she knows she has died but doesn’t know who she i...
  • Pgchuis
    Initially I thought this was great. I was intrigued by the mystery of why Lisa was confined to the railway station, and what her precise state of being was. The characters she encountered and described were also fascinating. However, once it moved to more of a straight narrative of her life with Matty, things became very predictable (Matty wasn't subtle) and depressing and I started skimming. The parallel story of Andrew and Ruth also had a rathe...
  • Bunny21
    Platform SevenHaving spent a bit of time hanging round Peterborough train station over the years, I thought it seemed an unpromising place to set a novel, but Louise Doughty has proved me wrong. In Platform Seven, she weaves an unmissable whodunnit where Lisa tries to understand why she died.The book opens following security guard Dalmar, a refugee from Somalia, as he carries out his night shift. After midnight the station goes quiet and most peo...