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One Moment One Morning - Sarah Rayner
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One Moment One Morning - Sarah Rayner
Date: 16/09/12, updated on 13/01/14 (75 review reads)
Advantages: A very 'real' story even though it's a work of fiction
Disadvantages: Upsetting in parts, but then this is what adds to the 'real-ness'
Clearly though I was supposed to read this book because a few weeks ago it popped up in the Kindle deal of the day. With a price tag of 99p I decided I could justify buying it to myself after all. Besides - My virtual 'book pile' can get larger without my other half stating I'm taking over the house!
=== Plot ===
One moment one morning - 7.58 on a Monday morning to be precise - a man (Simon) has a fatal heart attack on the busy commuter train from Brighton to London. This is the moment that changes at least three of the passengers lives forever. Karen (Simon's wife) is on the train with him up to London. Lou, a complete stranger, is sat in the same carriage when Simon has his heart attack. Anna is sat several carriages down the train.
The lives of these three women intertwine. Anna is actually Karen's best friend. They happened to be on the same train that morning but didn't realise it at the time. Anna is on her way to work in the city - when the train is pulled up she jumps in a taxi to take her the rest of the way. She ends up sharing this taxi with Lou who is also on her way to work that morning.
The majority of the book that follows takes place from that moment that morning over the next week. In that time we really get to know the characters of the book (partially helped by flashbacks every so often).
=== Characters ===
As it becomes clear to each of the women what has actually happened that morning they each really begin to develop their perspectives on life. As their lives intertwine further we learn a lot more about each of them.
We meet Lou first, a character a really felt as though I 'knew'. Throughout the book we really get to see Lou develop and see her coming to terms with certain aspects of her life and family.
Karen is a lovely character who you can't help but feel like you want to give her a hug. Rayner develops Karen's character really well, and I felt like she was a really believable character. We get to see Karen's grief, and see how she deals with trying to make her two young children understand what has happened to their daddy. Some of these paragraphs in the book almost had me in tears.
We then get to know Anna. As the story develops further we get to know a lot more about her. Anna doesn't simply have the 'devoted best friend' role in this book. She is believable as her own person with her own issues as well as being a good friend.
I felt as though each of these three central characters was developed really well, and I found it relatively easy to identify with all of them. Each of the three women were 'real' in the sense they each had their own lives, their own problems. I did like that all three were developed this way - I felt this gave something extra to the book as a whole. It definitely gave the book some depth, and a sense of reality. Each of the characters was from their own walk of life, had their own secrets, their own history. Just as we all do in reality.
=== Price and Availability ===
This book is available in many different stores - I imagine all bookstores would stock it, I have certainly seen it in Tesco (I think it may even be in the 2 for £7 offer at the moment), and of course there is always Amazon.
Currently on Amazon the paperback version is £4.79, and the Kindle version is £4.55. As mentioned I got my Kindle copy for 99p when this book came on the Kindle deal of the day. The full RRP of the paperback version is £7.99 which is pretty standard for a paperback.
I would recommend reading this book. I did enjoy reading it. It's an emotional story, but told really well, and with a sense of realism.
Summary: A thought provoking book with some well developed characters