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One Moment One Morning - Sarah Rayner
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One Moment One Morning - Sarah Rayner
Advantages: Realistic, characters, writing style
Disadvantages: Slight tenuous elements, not perfect
It's not often that my wife and I read the same type of book. I usually go for thrillers, she's a definite chick lit reader. Occasionally though, she'll suggest a book she's read that I should give a go, and this is the latest one.
I've never heard of Sarah Rayner, so I'm not sure if this is her first book or if she has a plethora of them. Either way, the easy and natural style of writing kicks off straight away as she tells the story of a few weeks in three people's lives where one tragic event on a train one morning changes their outlook on life forever. When Karen's husband Simon has a fatal heart attack on board the morning train, it's like someone has sucked the life out of her too. Her best friend Anna is also on the train, which is halted permanently following the event. She takes a taxi to finish the route, unaware of the tragedy as she was on a separate carriage. Sharing her taxi is Lou, who happened to be sitting with Karen and Simon, and it is this unlikely triangle of women who come together throughout the course of the book.
What Rayner does very well is to bring out the emotions of the character as she develops them and the people around them. Karen's pain is powerfully displayed, extensive tangents of thought constantly coming round to Simon, the memories and the inability to deal with such an unexpected event. This is matched by Anna's need to help her friend while at the same time trying to deal with her unreliable boyfriend who seems to be good for nothing other than taking advantage and becoming obnoxious when drunk.
These two are more intricately linked in the book, already established as best friends, and if there was any element which was a bit tenuous, it was Lou's character, how she is only linked to the story by thi9s one event and her passages seem rather distant to those of the other two. Rayner uses plenty of social areas within her plot, and Lou is a social worker, dealing with all kinds of events and emotions from those she comes into contact with. I thought Rayner did a good job of providing a middle ground perspective on most things, but the one thing that she nailed was the way she just makes you find something of yourself throughout the book.
I found myself comparing our lives to those in the book, so clear and believable are the situations we come across. It made me laugh, made me sad, nearly made me cry, and made it hard to put the book down. The passages with Lou were harder to maintain focus throughout, and I have to say the relevance still escapes me somewhat, but the way the book was written was so well done and flowed excellently. It deals with the emotions and little things that come with such a tragedy, the sort of things you just wouldn't expect until they happen, and it works very well, making you thankful for what you do have and appreciating every moment you have with whoever you have them with.
The biggest thing is how you take this. I would certainly urge everyone to read it - adults only - as most people will be able to find themselves somewhere in there. This is the winner - the sense of realism. It makes it all the better to read and although it's hard to say it's enjoyable because of the subject matter, I'm certainly glad to have picked it up and read it. Well worth a read.
Summary: Powerful and realistic drama novel about a sudden death on a train and how it affects three women