‘Platform Seven’ starts with the suicide of a guy at Peterborough station in the wee hours of the afternoon. The narrator is that the ghost of a female in her thirties, Lisa Evans, who was also struck by a train in the station a year and a half before and the vast majority of the narrative looks at what occurred in her life that led to this event, especially the coercive, controlling behavior exhibited by her boyfriend, Dr Matthew Goodison. On the outside, Matty seems to be a magical doctor who cares intensely for Lisa who functions as an English instructor in a secondary college. It takes a very long time for Lisa to realise the effect that this gaslighting is with on her self-esteem, her health and the other facets of her life. For the reader, there are an infinite number of warning signals that the relationship is unhealthy. But for Lisa, all of them stay invisible until it’s too late. When this usually means the center section is a little baggy, there’s a reason for this since Doughty outlines how much time it may take for sufferers to realise the issue and render their abusers. Platform Seven by Louise Doughty

Louise Doughty is excellent at writing about inherent resentment and what we covertly notice about individuals but seldom pronounce. I guess she will stay best known for Apple Tree Yard however her newest publication’Platform Seven’ is still a really effective domestic psychological thriller and probably to become a different commercially successful one also.

Despite being told in the perspective of a phantom, the supernatural component is quite peripheral to the narrative. Lisa is trapped in the channel in a kind of purgatory, celebrating the passengers and staff that pass through each single day, and slowly the reader knows why she’s stuck there and the way the second passing in Platform Seven is linked to hers. The coercive relationship component is frightening and depicted and that I expect the book helps encourage some comprehension of the largely hidden issue.

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