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

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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Laura
    In Platform Seven, Louise Doughty continues to showcase her versatility as a writer (her two previous novels, Apple Tree Yard and Black Water, were both very different and very good) by framing a familiar psychological thriller narrative with something more unsettling. Since her death, Lisa Evans has been confined to the boundaries of Peterborough Railway Station, unable to do anything but observe its staff and commuters and occasionally encounte...
  • 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...
  • Louisa Jones
    An enjoyable, moving read. It's an interesting premise done without mawkishness that communicates the main character's own intelligent and practical nature. In this considered and realistic account of abuse and it's consequences there is maybe a reflection that the wider conversation around abuse is finally maturing. Love comes in many forms, as does its opposite.I'll be doing this as a bookclub read when it comes out in paperback eventually, it ...
  • Karen Whittard
    A really well written mystery book. With a real difference this book is really good and I really enjoyed it. Because it was so different from all the other books out there.
  • 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...
  • Jonathan
    Platform SevenThanks to Faber and Faber for a review copy.Platform Seven is an unusual take on a modern ghost story. The novel opens with a man committing suicide by throwing himself in front of a goods train from Platform Seven on Peterborough Station. The station is largely deserted as it is the middle of the night and only Lisa, a woman in her thirties, tries to stop him before he makes the fatal jump. He can’t see or hear her however as she...
  • 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...
  • Mary Picken
    I love it when I go into a novel without the faintest idea of what to expect and then it confounds and delights in equal measure. That was Platform Seven for me. I’d decided to read it because of Louise Doughty’s previous work, so I requested it without even reading the blurb.It starts quite slowly; all the better to build up a sense of wonder at who you are listening to and what her story is. Lisa is a very distinctive voice. It takes a whil...
  • Kath
    Well, this was something a little different from my usual reads. We start in the wee small hours on Platform 7 of Peterborough railway station where a man debates his death. We cut to Lisa, a young woman who knows what he is about to do and is desperate to prevent him from carrying it out. She fails. This makes two fatalities on the same platform within the past 18 months. Lisa being the first. And so begins a rather strange tale, told by Lisa, a...
  • Sarah
    In order to become engrossed in Louise Doughty’s latest novel, the reader really does have to suspend disbelief! The narrator is Lisa Evans, a former secondary school teacher and partner of Dr Matthew Goodison, who appears to have committed suicide at Peterborough station. Aimless and stuck in an afterlife hinterland that isn’t exactly purgatory, she begins to remember what brought her to this place and how and why she died. As she travels ro...
  • my bookworm life
    I was sent this from Netgalley to read and review, so thank you to them and also the publisher.As soon as i saw this on their, and read that premise , i was so excited! reading that made me so instantly intrigued about how this would go and what it would entail. And what i discovered what such an interesting and though provoking story, which i loved every minute of.Like previous book i had read and loved Apple tree yard, and i was drawn into the ...
  • 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...
  • Hannah | The Redhead Reader
    I adored Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty so I was highly anticipating this new release. This was such a fascinating set-up for a story as Doughty perfectly blends a ghost story with a mystery thriller.Two suicides have taken place at Platform Seven at Peterborough Station in the last 2 years and as the book begins it looks like a third is about to take place. Narrating the story is the ghost of Lisa, the victim of the second death at the statio...
  • 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...
  • Ophelia Sings
    I was a little concerned, when I started reading Platform Seven, that a tale narrated by a dead woman might be a bit gimmicky. Would the voice of a ghost make it as insubstantial and things that go bump in the night silly-creepy? Surely not, I reasoned, given Doughty's record. Well, I'm glad to say that I need not have been concerned. In fact, Lisa is one of the strongest voices I've encountered in literature in a very long time.Platform Seven, f...
  • Joanna Beesley
    This is the first time I have read this author and I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the writing style and the unusual aspect it was written from.I was originally drawn the to novel because Peterborough Station is somewhere I have changed trains numerous times and close to where I was brought up and lived so I was intrigued.Lisa, who is a ghost, narrates the story. At four o’clock in the morning a man makes his way to platform seven, which is the...
  • Jen
    Platform Seven is a unique mystery, part ghost story and part slow-burn thriller set at Peterborough station.The narrator, Lisa, is a ghost, which makes for an interesting narrative twist that Doughty uses to great effect; Lisa's perspective offers us a unique depth of insight without undermining the central mystery. A sense of her sorrow and foreboding haunts the story. The opening chapters, filled with her people watching observations at the st...
  • Sue K
    Unnerving, compelling and quite uniqueLouise Doughty's well written book is narrated by Lisa Evans who is a ghost and inhabits Peterborough Train Station, notably Platform 7 where she died on the track below the platform. This is not an eerie, gothic style ghost story but a totally normal narrative of people doing normal things in the busy town of Peterborough.Lisa's story is compelling as she drifts in and out of the lives of those inhabitants w...
  • Vanessa Wild
    A gripping supernatural psychological thriller which begins in a railway station where two people have met their deaths on the tracks. They may or may not be connected and the spirit of the first death looks back at her life to try to remember how she came to be dead.This is such a wonderfully well written and poignant read. It’s a slow burning story which draws you in gradually and then keeps you hooked until the very end. It describes perfect...
  • 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...