Platform Seven

Narrated by: Olivia Dowd
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The new novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Louise Doughty.

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 and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. 

Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in 18 months - surely they're connected? 

No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die. 

©2019 Louise Doughty (P)2019 Faber & Faber Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Louise Doughty leads her unnerved readers into dark territory." (Hilary Mantel)

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Reminded me

It reminded me that we’re not alone and for one of the bad things we go through we go through a thousand good things. Thank you for the reminder.

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story too scattered

i loved the story but was confused too many timws to care. I'll made myself finish it but i wouldnt recommend.

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Tricky Plot but Well Done!

Similar to her book "Apple Tree Yard", the author is able to create a sense of foreboding, something dark and intangible looming over what may appear as mundane events and interactions. Very suspenseful and well told!

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Amazing!

The narrator gave this book a great feel. If you like ghost thrillers this is for you.

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  • Janet biglari
  • 09-04-19

Excellent, moving, unusual

It took a while to get into this book I nearly gave up after two hours of Lisa on platform seven, however I am so glad I persevered. This book on every level is very clever, its about coercive relationships at different levels. It is edgy and does not necessarily give the reader what you might want but that is what makes it so interesting. At the start as a listener I could not imagine how the strands could come together they seemed so random however the author brings them together beautifully. This is a cleverly crated superior novel and one I struggled to pause.

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  • Nicks
  • 09-04-19

Engaging and lovely story

The first 3 chapters are a bit confusing and I wasn't sure I would continue. But so pleased I did as the story becomes so rich and the various characters are beautifully woven together.

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  • jmimz
  • 01-03-20

Interesting start becomes a NON STORY

Literally the middle of the book is not worth reading and the long awaited ending is seriously lacking. I have never been so irritated about a book and this is the first bad review I've ever bothered to leave. Literally don't waste your life!! Pro- The narrator had a nice voice.

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  • kdsshrub
  • 10-14-19

Awful

Maybe awful is a bit strong but I can honestly say it felt like a boring and pointless story. Didn’t really get the point of the other random characters, the story didn’t actually go anywhere and nothing really happened. Such a shame as I had read other disappointing reviews but thought I’d give it a go... wish I didn’t!

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  • Meli Novelli
  • 09-18-19

Wholly Dissatisfying...

If you like ghost stories but prefer them to include an actual mystery surrounding the death of the ghost in question, this is not the book for you. If you like ghost stories where some kind of super natural moment or triumphant miracle occurs this is not the story for you. Beautifully written prose, the author has proven she can string together a series of pretty sentences. But overall they amount to... Nothing. It's just repetitive with no real stakes and no real closure. And for some reason, it seems like the author has written the female characters to be weak minded, empty vessels and she berates them throughout the book. It's almost as if she wanted the readers to judge these women for their stupidity, poor choices and blasé attitudes toward their own lives. There wasn't one character that we truly got to know or that we learned enough about to care about. The main character, our neighborhood friendly ghost, was so annoyingly indecisive even in death that I almost didn't even want to find out what happebed to her. And she, like the story and the narrator's montone voice, remained static throughout. This book and Apple Tree Yard got so many great reviews but I found both a bit bleh.

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  • Dana Farren
  • 09-08-20

Domestic Noir

Just finished listening to this on Audible - so well written and beautifully read. It made for compelling listening and I would happily read it myself at some point. A domestic noir that is fascinating. I was completely invested in Lisa and her life and what follows. A departure from Louise Doughty's usual subject matter I think.

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  • Jetworld60
  • 06-24-20

Intriguing story but it didn't fulfil its promise

I was gripped from the start, but as the story progressed it didn't really deliver. The psychological abuse was set up well but fizzled out, and the other main storyline could have been explored more. Unfortunately, although the narration was clear I felt she was just "reading out loud" with no proper emphasis or emotion

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  • Kirstine
  • 10-07-20

A strange novel: boring and incoherant at times

I didn't enjoy this book. After 3 hours of inconsequential stream of consciousness from a ghostly LIsa wandering around Peterborough, including listing some things available from Waitrose and then describing the departments in the local John Lewis: the auditory equivalent of watching paint dry! I would have given up and returned the book had I not down-loaded it to listen on a long walk. I recalled that some reviewers said it got better after this shaky start so I persevered. It did improve a bit as we learn about Lisa's back-story and her turbulent relationship with Mathew. However, this involves hours and hours of evidence that it is a coercive and mentally abusive relationship. I got tired of endless descriptions of Mathew's manipulation and mental torture. Eventually we learn how Lisa ended up dead, but then the last hour or so of the book is a damp squib meandering about describing other character's relationships; characters who featured little in the book and some I'd forgotten who they were. Then some philosophizing about the 'meaning of love' . I don't know what the author was aiming for but, for me, it didn't work. Mixing the supernatural, with examples of dysfunctional relationships and some thoughts about how refugees cope with living in England doesn't make for an engaging listen. The novel isn't a patch of the author's earlier book Apple Tree Yard which has real narrative drive lacking in the present book.

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  • Debby
  • 08-16-20

Nothing really happens

I was very disappointed with this book I didn't see the point to it especially when it picks up pace just to languish at the end

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  • Fiona McCord
  • 09-01-19

Disappointing!

I loved the idea of this book but found it to be a run of the mill plot in the guise of a ghost story. Some of the authors ideas were good but were poorly executed. The last half hour was decent but not worth wasting over 9 hours to get there!

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 11-20-19

Platform 7

I love Louise doughty and platform 7 is a goodie. Well read the story is almost perfect. Great performances. I love this writer.