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One morning, and the week that follows in 3 women's footsteps.
One Moment One Morning - Sarah Rayner
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One Moment One Morning - Sarah Rayner
Advantages: An interesting read..
Disadvantages: I wasn't gripped by the book, but I don't think it's intended to be that way, it's just me!
Whilst browsing the Amazon Vine newsletter I came across this book, and to be honest it's not the type of book I usually go for. Anything which mentions 'a story of women and friendship..' sends me to sleep, I'm much more for apocalyptic tales or serial killers on the rampage in Edinburgh, or a good historical fiction read. There was something about this book though, that grabbed me just from the blurb.
"The Brighton to London line.
The 07:44 train.
Carriages packed with commuters.
A woman applies her make-up. Another occupies her time observing the people around her. A husband and wife share an affectionate gesture. Further along, a woman flicks through a glossy magazine.
Then, abruptly, everything changes: a man has a heart attack, and can't be resuscitated; the train is stopped, an ambulance called.
For at least three passengers on the 07:44 on that particular morning, life will never be the same again."
If I'm completely honest the rest of the book doesn't grip me in the way the blurb did, and I suppose it was set out that way on purpose. This isn't to say I didn't enjoy the book; it was just not full of suspense as it makes out.
So what lies in this book is a story of 3 women, each with their own story to tell. There's Karen, who watches her husband die in front of her on the train. Her best friend Anna who has troubles with her boyfriend, and also happens to be on the same train but on a different carriage, and so doesn't realise that the commotion on the train a few carriages down involves her best friend. Then there's Lou, the lesbian counsellor for troubled children who happens to be sitting next to Karen and her husband when the event happens.
The rest of the book constantly switches from each of the 3 characters. We follow Karen through her grieve, having to break the news to her children that their father is dead, and also arranging the funeral. Anna is a really good friend to Karen, always just a phone call away and despite her own problems at home; she is constantly putting Karen first. Lou is the rather random character in the whole story. We read about her at work, how she deals with troubled children, who constantly seem to be asking her if she's a lesbian. She also has a very old fashioned and uptight mother, who she has never told she is gay.
The book switches between events. There are often flashbacks for each character, such as Karen in happier times with her husband, Anna meeting her now alcoholic boyfriend for the first time, and Lou sitting at her father's bedside as he is terminally ill with cancer. It did give some more depth with the characters, however I never really felt as if each character was really genuine, or significantly different from each other. It sounds like they are very different people, but when reading it through you can't always tell a big change in personality with each character. I did find it hard to believe that a character like Lou could even be a counsellor for children; I just could not get away with that idea at all.
Nothing really happens with this book, yet I did keep feeling the urge to read it, almost expecting something to happen. It is however, just a story of friendship between these 3 women, spanning over just a week. Whilst the main event of Karen's husband dying is horrible, I wouldn't describe it as tear jerking in the way other reviews of this book have. In fact, this book didn't draw out any emotion from me what so ever, and after finishing the book, I couldn't really make up my mind what I thought of it. On one hand I did enjoy reading it, and I did become immersed whenever I picked it up, but it never really had me gripped.
It's a strange one with this book. I highly recommend it if you are a fan of these types of books, chick lit and women's friendship, but for people like me who prefer a good thriller, I would probably avoid, as nothing really happens after the opening event.
Summary: How one day's events affect 3 women's lives in the week that follows.