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A missing child. A single witness. I am the girl on the platform. When new mother Bridget catches her train home from London, she witnesses something terrible: a young girl is taken from the platform, right before her eyes. No one knows where I am. But no one is reported missing and with Bridget the only witness, she is written off as an attention seeker. Nobody believ A missing child. A single witness. I am the girl on the platform. When new mother Bridget catches her train home from London, she witnesses something terrible: a young girl is taken from the platform, right before her eyes. No one knows where I am. But no one is reported missing and with Bridget the only witness, she is written off as an attention seeker. Nobody believes her – not even her own husband. Can you find me?  But Bridget knows what she saw, and becomes consumed with finding the little girl. Only she can save the child’s life… but could delving into the mystery cost Bridget her own? A dark and absorbing thriller with the impact of memorable series like Broadchurch or The Missing, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Erin Kinsley’s Found. Readers love The Girl on the Platform: ‘Such an accomplished thriller debut; I felt I was living Bridget’s nightmare alongside her. Twisty, emotionally charged and with an ending I didn’t see coming!’ Jackie Kabler, bestselling author of The Perfect Couple 'Bryony Pearce's compelling narrative pulls the reader through to the final heart pounding and haunting conclusion. A magnificent debut! ' Samantha Lee Howe, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Stranger in Our Bed ‘Dark, twisty and highly entertaining’ Cass Green, bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood ‘The Girl on the Platform carries a creeping dark narrative that leaves you feeling unsettled yet desperate to know more’ Caroline Mitchell, bestselling author of The Perfect Mother


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A missing child. A single witness. I am the girl on the platform. When new mother Bridget catches her train home from London, she witnesses something terrible: a young girl is taken from the platform, right before her eyes. No one knows where I am. But no one is reported missing and with Bridget the only witness, she is written off as an attention seeker. Nobody believ A missing child. A single witness. I am the girl on the platform. When new mother Bridget catches her train home from London, she witnesses something terrible: a young girl is taken from the platform, right before her eyes. No one knows where I am. But no one is reported missing and with Bridget the only witness, she is written off as an attention seeker. Nobody believes her – not even her own husband. Can you find me?  But Bridget knows what she saw, and becomes consumed with finding the little girl. Only she can save the child’s life… but could delving into the mystery cost Bridget her own? A dark and absorbing thriller with the impact of memorable series like Broadchurch or The Missing, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Erin Kinsley’s Found. Readers love The Girl on the Platform: ‘Such an accomplished thriller debut; I felt I was living Bridget’s nightmare alongside her. Twisty, emotionally charged and with an ending I didn’t see coming!’ Jackie Kabler, bestselling author of The Perfect Couple 'Bryony Pearce's compelling narrative pulls the reader through to the final heart pounding and haunting conclusion. A magnificent debut! ' Samantha Lee Howe, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Stranger in Our Bed ‘Dark, twisty and highly entertaining’ Cass Green, bestselling author of In a Cottage in a Wood ‘The Girl on the Platform carries a creeping dark narrative that leaves you feeling unsettled yet desperate to know more’ Caroline Mitchell, bestselling author of The Perfect Mother

30 review for The Girl on the Platform

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan's Reviews

    A LITTLE GIRL HAS BEEN ABDUCTED!!! But no one believes Bridget Carlson - our totally unreliable narrator. Bridget is suffering from post-partum depression and is severely sleep deprived. She has recurring, vivid dreams of a little girl who is being kept in a room by a mean woman. Bridget starts to fixate on other unsolved abductions and slowly starts to form a conspiracy theory: there seems to be a pattern to all of these abductions. By the end of the second chapter, even I had my very serious do A LITTLE GIRL HAS BEEN ABDUCTED!!! But no one believes Bridget Carlson - our totally unreliable narrator. Bridget is suffering from post-partum depression and is severely sleep deprived. She has recurring, vivid dreams of a little girl who is being kept in a room by a mean woman. Bridget starts to fixate on other unsolved abductions and slowly starts to form a conspiracy theory: there seems to be a pattern to all of these abductions. By the end of the second chapter, even I had my very serious doubts about Bridget's sanity. But this is a thriller, so I try to remain open to the idea that there was in fact an abduction. Bridget's investigations into past abductions brings up a 20 year old cold case. Young Frances Dobson went missing at a train station while her mother was chatting with a friend.. People reported seeing a white van at the time. So, the question now is: did Bridget witness this abduction at an earlier point in her life, or is there something more sinister afoot? I didn't find it hard to guess what really happened: plenty of clues left out in the open. (But no spoilers here.) I found the summing up a bit hard to swallow. It took quite a few people, colluding for twenty years, to pull this one off. Didn't ring true for me, but this was a decent read, the writing was very good and there was certainly plenty of sustained suspense. I can see why other reviewers liked it, but so many things didn't click together for me. I'm rating this mystery/thriller a 3.3 out of 5. My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jannelies

    Bridget is hurrying home as she does every weeknight. Home, to her husband Tom and their 7 month old daughter Grace. They are living in a small apartment in the commuter belt, and it takes Bridget a couple of hours every day to go to work and back. She does this because she has a very interesting and well-paid job, whereas Tom doesn’t. So, they decided that he would take care of Grace while trying to write a book, and Bridget would go back to the office. But life isn’t easy. Tom is a very caring Bridget is hurrying home as she does every weeknight. Home, to her husband Tom and their 7 month old daughter Grace. They are living in a small apartment in the commuter belt, and it takes Bridget a couple of hours every day to go to work and back. She does this because she has a very interesting and well-paid job, whereas Tom doesn’t. So, they decided that he would take care of Grace while trying to write a book, and Bridget would go back to the office. But life isn’t easy. Tom is a very caring father and he takes care of the household nicely, but Bridget is nothing but exhausted every day. She still carries extra weight after her pregnancy, her breasts hurt all the time because she is still nursing Grace, and work demands long hours. Above all, she is very unhappy with herself. She is taking an anti-depressant because early after the birth of Grace, she suffered from postnatal depression. So we meet this woman who is doing her utmost to try and make something out of this life that should be such a happy one. Even Bridget’s mum comes around often to help, even though she is already taking care of Grace one day a week, and although she and Tom are not always seeing eye to eye. Bridget’s mum is of the type ‘mum knows best’ and she, together with her sister Gillian, do everything they can to ‘help’ Bridget and Tom. With mixed success, because she doesn’t listen to Bridget and Tom and feeds Grace sugary snacks all the time. As Bridget is almost asleep on the train, she suddenly awakes to see they are passing a small station and then Bridget sees, in a flash, how two grown man take a little girl with them. She was sitting on a suitcase and bundled inside a white van. Bridget panics, calls the authorities and the next few hours are filled with trying to explain to the police what happened. She comes home in the middle of the night and finally falls asleep, but then the nightmares begin. The start of a very, very intense story. I had to stop reading several times to think about what I’ve just read. During the entire book we see how Bridget is suffering, we hear about her nightmares, her past, her feelings for Tom, the big secret she is carrying with her since childhood… It all comes together and it is all very harrowing, to say the least. Bridget is determined to find out why she was the only person seeing the kidnapping and so she goes on a mission on her own, armed with her skills in finding patterns in statistics. In doing this, she has to lie. Lie to Tom, lie to her mother, and lie to herself – till eventually the truth comes out in a very unexpected way. This book doesn’t let you go. It stays with you for a long time. I’m impressed, very much impressed, with the way Bryony Pearce brings her characters to life. Thanks to Netgally for this review copy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Schultz

    Story’s main character Bridget Carlson is a new mom of 7 month old Grace. Bridget has gone back to work as she and hubby Tom decided it was financially better if she went back to work and he would do child care. She is on the train on her way home from work, it is late and she is exhausted. She is resting her head on the window trying to sleep when they pass a small station and sees a little girl perhaps six years old, sitting on her luggage waiting for the train. The next thing Bridget sees two Story’s main character Bridget Carlson is a new mom of 7 month old Grace. Bridget has gone back to work as she and hubby Tom decided it was financially better if she went back to work and he would do child care. She is on the train on her way home from work, it is late and she is exhausted. She is resting her head on the window trying to sleep when they pass a small station and sees a little girl perhaps six years old, sitting on her luggage waiting for the train. The next thing Bridget sees two men grab her and practically throw her into a white van. Bridget panics and calls the authorities; they board the train and question everyone. But no one else saw what happened. Bridget arrives home very late after the questioning and is still very upset. Tom tries to comfort her and tells her surely the girl’s mom will report her missing additional the station has CCTV. However, No one is reported missing! Now police and everyone else including Bridget’s husband, her mother etc. doesn’t believe her, fears are that her exhaustion had her seeing things. ~ I believed her but soon saw that Bridget’s world was totally unraveling in a downward spin. I read enough psychological thrillers so I know three things:  Be suspicious of everyone  Expect twists and twist and turns  And there will probably be a secret or two. Yep all three points ran through my mind.  Why is Bridget’s Mom so controlling?  Why is Bridget under such heavy meds?  The Fluoxetine causes tiredness, confusion, abnormal dreams and nightmares. Hmmm? Might Bridget’s mother have ‘Munchausen Syndrome’? This was a quick read ~ story kept me turning pages. ⭐⭐⭐⭐+ A must read for any psychological thriller fan ~ you won’t be disappointed! Want to thank NetGalley and Avon Books UK for this early release granted to me for an honest professional review. Publishing Release Date scheduled for April 15, 2021

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Warning - do not start this book if you do not have time to finish in a single sitting. Also, finishing it right before bed... maybe not the best idea either because WOW. Serious 'Girl on the Train' and 'Gone Girl' vibes, but still uniquely captivating. Bridget has a beautiful 9month old baby daughter, and a wonderfully supportive husband, but just because things seem perfect, doesn't mean that they are. Post Partum is very much real, and is very much a medical condition that needs to be attende Warning - do not start this book if you do not have time to finish in a single sitting. Also, finishing it right before bed... maybe not the best idea either because WOW. Serious 'Girl on the Train' and 'Gone Girl' vibes, but still uniquely captivating. Bridget has a beautiful 9month old baby daughter, and a wonderfully supportive husband, but just because things seem perfect, doesn't mean that they are. Post Partum is very much real, and is very much a medical condition that needs to be attended to. So, Bridget does. She goes on meds and they help - they clear her mind and help calm her, going beyond what they were intended to do. They start to clear her mind of her past traumas that were repressed, erased. She knows what she saw. She knows there was a girl on the platform wearing a school blazer sitting on an old-style suitcase. She knows she saw two men in dark clothing take the girl, who clearly did not want to go, and put her in a white van. And she knows now that she has seen and reported the kidnapping, that she is being followed by an unmarked white van. But they already think she made it up, that it was a dream - so who would believe her if she said anything? Unable to let it go, she goes and does what she does best - she looks at the data and what she uncovers is more than she bargained for (cannot wait for book2 - if there isn't already one in the works there should be!) but how much is she willing to risk to prove that she isn't crazy?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This was a great thriller with twists and turns throughout. It centers on Bridget, a tired and overworked mom of an 8-month old, who sees a girl being snatched from a train platform on her commute home from work. No one else on the train sees this, and everyone in her life thinks she just dreamed it- after all, she has had postnatal depression and is not a reliable witness. Bridget, frustrated, takes matters into her own hands and does her own investigation, which uncovers a lot more than she ba This was a great thriller with twists and turns throughout. It centers on Bridget, a tired and overworked mom of an 8-month old, who sees a girl being snatched from a train platform on her commute home from work. No one else on the train sees this, and everyone in her life thinks she just dreamed it- after all, she has had postnatal depression and is not a reliable witness. Bridget, frustrated, takes matters into her own hands and does her own investigation, which uncovers a lot more than she bargained for. The characters were well-drawn in this story- I felt Bridget's frustration when no one would listen to her and empathized with her for the most part. There were a few times where she left her daughter in another room while she did other things, which struck me as odd when she spent so much time talking about how much more time she wanted to spend with her. She also let people treat her badly and I wanted to tell her to stand up for herself! When the truth comes out, it's really well done and surprising. I had an inkling of where the book was going but hadn't quite figured it at until confronted with it. All of the loose ends were tied up nicely and my lingering questions were answered. While the book was a bit of a slow burn during the first half, the pace picked up quickly over the 2nd half, and I couldn't stop reading until I knew what happened. There were some pretty dark things uncovered, which added to my overall enjoyment (as that's why I read these types of books!). Overall, this is a well-paced thriller with shocking twists and turns that will keep you reading into the night if you are anything like me. I would recommend! Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Millie

    **Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** I really enjoyed this book - it was gripping and I couldn't put it down. The characters were relatable despite me never having gone through what Bridget goes through with post-partum depression. I guessed the ending about halfway through maybe? so would have preferred hints to have only started later in the book, but even so, the twists and turns leave you questioning everything and i **Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free e-book copy of this book in exchange for an honest review** I really enjoyed this book - it was gripping and I couldn't put it down. The characters were relatable despite me never having gone through what Bridget goes through with post-partum depression. I guessed the ending about halfway through maybe? so would have preferred hints to have only started later in the book, but even so, the twists and turns leave you questioning everything and it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. However, I think it's important to highlight the many trigger warnings associated with this book, including but not limited to: mental illness, self harm, suicide, suicidal thoughts, depression, alcoholism, etc. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a fast-paced psychological thriller to keep you on your toes!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

    "The Girl on the Platform" by Bryony Pearce is a riveting, must-read adult novel that combines crime and a psychological thriller together in an enthralling tale. Everything about this novel is deeply unsettling from the main character's behavior, the dreary atmosphere, and the inexplicable disappearance of a young girl. On the train ride home from work, a young girl on a platform is kidnapped. Bridget, a new mother, is the sole witness. Except, no one believes her. Diagnosed with prenatal depres "The Girl on the Platform" by Bryony Pearce is a riveting, must-read adult novel that combines crime and a psychological thriller together in an enthralling tale. Everything about this novel is deeply unsettling from the main character's behavior, the dreary atmosphere, and the inexplicable disappearance of a young girl. On the train ride home from work, a young girl on a platform is kidnapped. Bridget, a new mother, is the sole witness. Except, no one believes her. Diagnosed with prenatal depression, the police believe her medication has caused her to hallucinate the scene. With no other witnesses or children from the area reported missing, Bridget's the only one who believes there's a little girl out there waiting to be found. Against the wishes of her husband and mother, Bridget takes on the responsibility of doing everything in her power to find this missing child. Consumed by this girl's case, Bridget risks losing her job, her family, and maybe even her own sanity. The deeper she digs into what happened to this missing girl and who might've taken her, the clearer it is that Bridget has landed on something big, big enough to put her own life and that of her family's in danger. But if she doesn't stop looking for the girl on the platform, who will? Wild, intricate, thrilling, and highly emotional are only a few words to describe the heartbreaking tale audiences will easily be captivated by as they are drawn into Bridget's complicated marriage and her grim determination to find a young girl despite the odds against her. There is no easing into this story as the action begins on page one and continues to excel with alarming break-neck speed as the tale progresses. Bridget is a compelling, though oftentimes frustrating character. Some of the things she says and does are hard to understand, even shocking in some places. It creates this fascinating love-hate relationship in which her motherly affection produces warm and fuzzy feelings while her more extreme behavior leaves behind a deeply unsettling chill. What causes these changes in Bridget? Is she a reliable character or are the people around her onto something about her mental health? One of the many elements that make this novel special is the insight it gives into the psychological aspects of living with prenatal depression. The author shows how easily women become dismissed when it's clear they're suffering from a mental illness. Nothing they say or do can be taken seriously when people perceive their illness as all-consuming. Bridget's story gives agency to those who suffer from mental health issues, especially prenatal depression, by trying to find this little girl despite the claims that she hallucinated the whole thing. One thing for sure is that "The Girl on the Platform" is an extremely unsettling and chilling novel that fans of crime and psychological thrillers will not want to miss. It won't be a surprise if this one day gets turned into a film! Bryony Pearce's novel is expected to be published on April 15th, 2021. Pre-order the novel now or save the date! Thank you to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for providing me with an e-arc of this story in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    Bridget is the mother of an 8 month old baby girl who has gone back to work to support her stay-at-home husband who is doing the child-care. She has suffered/is suffering and being treated for post-natal depression. She works long hours and has a substantial London commute by train. One night she sees a child being snatched by two men at a station as the fast train from London hurtles past. She rings the police and everyone on the train is questioned but no-one else saw anything and distressingl Bridget is the mother of an 8 month old baby girl who has gone back to work to support her stay-at-home husband who is doing the child-care. She has suffered/is suffering and being treated for post-natal depression. She works long hours and has a substantial London commute by train. One night she sees a child being snatched by two men at a station as the fast train from London hurtles past. She rings the police and everyone on the train is questioned but no-one else saw anything and distressingly for Bridget, no-one reports a child missing. All the indicators point to her having dozed and dreamt what she thought she saw. But Bridget can’t let it go and begins investigating herself. I didn’t take to Bridget’s character and although I deeply sympathise with post-natal depression, I struggle to empathise because I was lucky enough never to suffer from it. I felt for her husband and struggled to believe the lengths she went to investigating this kidnapping - which resulted in her spending less time with her little girl and her husband. I felt the police were portrayed in a fair way, hard to know what else they could, in reality, do about a reported crime, unseen by the rest of the commuters on the train, no reports of a missing child, no reports of anything untoward from any of the stations, and the woman who reports the crime is shown on the CCTV as dozing for most of the journey and she’s on medication for depression, which is known to have the side-effect of causing bad, vivid dreams? I had a ‘light-bulb’ moment half way through the book when I thought ‘aha, I get it!’ but I didn’t anticipate all the twists at the end, which, in my opinion, were slightly far fetched, especially the ‘flower-bed’ part. When I started his book, my initial thoughts were that the author had just finished a writing course and this was her first book because half of her prose was very detailed and flowery with in depth descriptions (which I remember being encouraged to write on my writing course) and the other half short, staccato sentences. I hoped it wouldn’t continue like this throughout the book and to be fair that lessened but having said that it was all written in the first person and I’m not a lover of that either. However, I have to say, it did keep me interested all the way through and at no time did I consider giving it up and for that I give credit and stars. I normally enjoy psychological thrillers but this one.........sorry, not so much, just wasn’t for me. My thanks go to the author, to NetGalley and to the publishers for an advanced copy of this book in return for an honest, unedited review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This book is engaging and suspenseful. It begins with an exhausted working mother witnessing a kidnapping that no one else saw or reported. Feeling a heavy responsibility to rescue a child no one else is looking for, she becomes consumed with her own investigation, impacting her work and family life and leading her to revelations about herself. Although the back story involved in the ending seemed a bit convoluted to me, overall I enjoyed this psychological thriller which I consumed quickly. Tha This book is engaging and suspenseful. It begins with an exhausted working mother witnessing a kidnapping that no one else saw or reported. Feeling a heavy responsibility to rescue a child no one else is looking for, she becomes consumed with her own investigation, impacting her work and family life and leading her to revelations about herself. Although the back story involved in the ending seemed a bit convoluted to me, overall I enjoyed this psychological thriller which I consumed quickly. Thanks #NetGalley and #AvonBooks for the ARC of this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    New mother, Bridget, has returned to work after having her baby but she is exhausted. One day on the way home from work on the train she dozes off and wakes to see a disturbing sight, a little girl being snatched by two men from a train platform she is passing. She immediately alerts the police, but with no other witnesses and no reports of a missing girl, they are left baffled by the report and unable to investigate. As the story goes on, Bridget becomes obsessed with the 'case' and sets out to New mother, Bridget, has returned to work after having her baby but she is exhausted. One day on the way home from work on the train she dozes off and wakes to see a disturbing sight, a little girl being snatched by two men from a train platform she is passing. She immediately alerts the police, but with no other witnesses and no reports of a missing girl, they are left baffled by the report and unable to investigate. As the story goes on, Bridget becomes obsessed with the 'case' and sets out to investigate herself. Only what she finds is far more disturbing and will change the life of her and her family forever. This one did take some time to get into and was more of a slow moving mystery initially. Though towards the end I could not finish it soon enough and just had to know was headed. 

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Bridget is travelling home from work on the train when she sees a young girl being kidnapped at one of the train stations they pass. But no one has been reported as being missing and nobody believes Bridget. Determined to find out the truth since no one else is interested, Bridget puts everything into trying to find the girl... But could her obsession risk her relationships with her husband and baby daughter... and even her own life? I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. The stor Bridget is travelling home from work on the train when she sees a young girl being kidnapped at one of the train stations they pass. But no one has been reported as being missing and nobody believes Bridget. Determined to find out the truth since no one else is interested, Bridget puts everything into trying to find the girl... But could her obsession risk her relationships with her husband and baby daughter... and even her own life? I absolutely loved this book and couldn't put it down. The story was incredibly thrilling and tense and I couldn't wait to hear the truth. The twists and turns were brilliant and the ending shocking. With the great range of characters and fantastic plot, I really recommend this book. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book in return for my honest feedback.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chloe (libraryofchlo)

    Bridget, a tired and over-worked mother of a young baby, witnesses a girl being abducted from a train platform on her commute home from work. Looking through the window of a train, the events play out leaving Bridget helpless. She frantically tries to get help, however, the other passengers aboard the train didn't see anything. As she is suffering from post-natal depression, Bridget's account of the events is dismissed as a dream, but she's convinced by what she saw and starts her own investigat Bridget, a tired and over-worked mother of a young baby, witnesses a girl being abducted from a train platform on her commute home from work. Looking through the window of a train, the events play out leaving Bridget helpless. She frantically tries to get help, however, the other passengers aboard the train didn't see anything. As she is suffering from post-natal depression, Bridget's account of the events is dismissed as a dream, but she's convinced by what she saw and starts her own investigation into the events. Firstly, I am a huge fan of an unreliable narrator - see anything by Paula Hawkins - so I was hooked from the first chapter. I empathised greatly with Bridget's struggle to be taken seriously, and her frustration at those around her who failed to believe her. Her behaviour becomes unsettling and almost disturbing as she becomes obsessive over the child's disappearance. She's almost consumed by the responsibility she feels for the missing girl and risks losing her job, her family and loved ones to find out the truth of what really happened. Her dedication was compelling, and I too wanted to find out what happened to the missing girl. Her experience of postnatal depression is insightful, with an in-depth look at the psychological aspects and the consequences of not taking her medication. Suspense and tension building is used cleverly, but ultimately the final 'twist' is hinted at far too many times to be that shocking. The plot and secrets she uncovers are intricate and there are some emotionally-charged moments that made me gasp out loud, but for me, the ending was too neat and definitive after the trials and tribulations Bridget encounters throughout the story. *Thanks to Netgalley and Avon for the review copy in exchange for this review

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    A new author to me. I enjoyed this book. It’s got a good pace and kept my attention throughout. I like the writing style it’s easy to get into. When Bridget catches the train home from London she witnesses a child taken from the platform. She is the only witness, as no child is reported missing no one believes her. She is determined to try and find the child. She has her own problems battling post natal depression and insomnia, as well as sleep deprivation with a young baby and the guilt of bein A new author to me. I enjoyed this book. It’s got a good pace and kept my attention throughout. I like the writing style it’s easy to get into. When Bridget catches the train home from London she witnesses a child taken from the platform. She is the only witness, as no child is reported missing no one believes her. She is determined to try and find the child. She has her own problems battling post natal depression and insomnia, as well as sleep deprivation with a young baby and the guilt of being the main wage earner instead of being the primary carer. Bridge starts looking into similar cases of missing children using statistical analysis which is her forte to look for patterns. Her behaviour causes problems at home. There are some very manipulative characters in her life, and some very dubious behaviour which adds some good twists and turns. I’d figured out the main part of what was going on early on, although it didn’t go totally in the direction that I thought it was. At the end I was still left wanting more explanation to one of the threads.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

    Thankyou to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of The Girl on the Platform, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Bridget is exhausted, working long hours while her husband is at home with their baby. When she witnesses a child being kidnapped from a station, when she’s rushing past on the train, she’s desperate for her to be found. But the police don’t believe her. They think she fell asleep on the train and dreamed the whole thing. Even her husband wants her to let it go, but wh Thankyou to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of The Girl on the Platform, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Bridget is exhausted, working long hours while her husband is at home with their baby. When she witnesses a child being kidnapped from a station, when she’s rushing past on the train, she’s desperate for her to be found. But the police don’t believe her. They think she fell asleep on the train and dreamed the whole thing. Even her husband wants her to let it go, but what if that little girl was her baby? And now she’s the only one who believes she’s missing. The Girl on the Platform was a frantic, gripping thriller that I couldn’t put down.  I was exhausted on behalf of Bridget, dealing with post natal depression, anxiety and an overbearing mother. The author did a wonderful Jon of hilighting the difficulties of both sides of parenting - for ones working away from home and ones staying home with the child. Although a few twists were fairly easy to guess, there were more reveals at the end that had me reeling. I’d definitely recommend this one for thriller lovers!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    The Girl on the Platform demonstrates one of the biggest fear of every parent that has ever existed, kidnapping. The story itself is attention-grabbing and the suspense is mesmerizing. Not only was this story entertaining, but it also does a great job at establishing the reality of the life of a mother with depression. The author use's a lot of her own personal experience with depression in the story and it had's rawness and humanity, in a situation dealing with a kidnapping. This was a wonderfu The Girl on the Platform demonstrates one of the biggest fear of every parent that has ever existed, kidnapping. The story itself is attention-grabbing and the suspense is mesmerizing. Not only was this story entertaining, but it also does a great job at establishing the reality of the life of a mother with depression. The author use's a lot of her own personal experience with depression in the story and it had's rawness and humanity, in a situation dealing with a kidnapping. This was a wonderful ride. Thank you, NetGalley, Avon Books UK, and Bryony Pearce for this arc.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joann

    What a solid thrill ride full of twists and turns! I read this one quickly and was quite taken with the "kidnapping" and no one believing Bridget and how it all evolved. I did not see some of the events coming ahead of time, which is always fun! Note - this book is really nothing like "Girl on a Train". I didn't think it would be, but wanted to caution ahead for folks who might. Great writing, great characters and solid thriller. Thankful for the ARC! What a solid thrill ride full of twists and turns! I read this one quickly and was quite taken with the "kidnapping" and no one believing Bridget and how it all evolved. I did not see some of the events coming ahead of time, which is always fun! Note - this book is really nothing like "Girl on a Train". I didn't think it would be, but wanted to caution ahead for folks who might. Great writing, great characters and solid thriller. Thankful for the ARC!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Powell

    Feel exhausted reading this, twists and turns in abundance. Never too sure who to trust all the way through. A great read

  18. 4 out of 5

    Evelina Petitto

    Bridget is travelling on a train to get bak to her family after a long day at work when she witnesses a little girl being kidnapped from a dark platform. Surprisingly, no one else on the train saw it, so the police and her family start doubting she is telling the truth. With nobody believing her, Bridget begins an investigation on her own, but will she be ready to learn what it will uncover? This book really gave me chills. Not only it is an excellent thriller with numerous twists and turns, but Bridget is travelling on a train to get bak to her family after a long day at work when she witnesses a little girl being kidnapped from a dark platform. Surprisingly, no one else on the train saw it, so the police and her family start doubting she is telling the truth. With nobody believing her, Bridget begins an investigation on her own, but will she be ready to learn what it will uncover? This book really gave me chills. Not only it is an excellent thriller with numerous twists and turns, but it also gives an insight into the mind of an anxious mother with post natal depression, and I loved it from start to finish. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book in return for my honest feedback.

  19. 4 out of 5

    RK_reads

    The Girl on the Platform is an engaging  but slow-burn psychological thriller. Mathematician and new mom Bridget who is suffering from postnatal depression, witnesses a child being kidnapped from a railway platform while on the train back home from work. Horrified, she alerts the police, but since she was the only one who saw the crime, no-one believes her and soon the whole incident is brushed away as a hallucination - a result of her medications. Taking matters into her own hands, Bridget begi The Girl on the Platform is an engaging  but slow-burn psychological thriller. Mathematician and new mom Bridget who is suffering from postnatal depression, witnesses a child being kidnapped from a railway platform while on the train back home from work. Horrified, she alerts the police, but since she was the only one who saw the crime, no-one believes her and soon the whole incident is brushed away as a hallucination - a result of her medications. Taking matters into her own hands, Bridget begins to look into the incident, but things take a sinister turn endangering her family. I struggled with this book at first because the blurb and reviews had promised a dark and absorbing thriller but all that I was reading was the self-loathing and crazy obsession of a sleep-deprived and depressed working mother. It wasn't until after 60% of the book that the plot picked up pace, things started to fall in place and everything until then began to make sense. While I wasn't a fan initially, the latter half of the book totally redeemed any misgivings I may have had. The brilliant manner in which the climax unfolds is absolutely mind-blowing. Overall, I found this to be a compelling read with a shocking end. A big thank you to Avon books and Netgalley for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sacha

    Thanks to NetGalley and Avon for this arc, which I read in exchange for an honest review and in place of a typical family holiday because...2020! I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 4/19/21 4 stars Wow, did I tear through this book! Bridget, the m.c. is not living her best life when readers meet her. She is struggling with post natal depression, being a new mom in general, accepting her physical body, negotiating her job/mom/partner duties, not really sleeping, and struggling to unders Thanks to NetGalley and Avon for this arc, which I read in exchange for an honest review and in place of a typical family holiday because...2020! I’ll post that review upon publication. Updated 4/19/21 4 stars Wow, did I tear through this book! Bridget, the m.c. is not living her best life when readers meet her. She is struggling with post natal depression, being a new mom in general, accepting her physical body, negotiating her job/mom/partner duties, not really sleeping, and struggling to understand what is and is not real. Also, it is apparent from the jump that her mother is absolute trash. It seems just Bridget's luck that she would - in this stellar time of her life - be the only witness to a young girl's kidnapping on her train ride home from work one night. Through these early scenes and all through to the end of the novel, it's easy to understand why Bridget's grasp on reality is so tenuous, and Pearce makes readers feel that uncertainty right along with her. While I think the central mystery is way too obvious (I'm not one to try to figure out what is happening early on, but this was just too clear to ignore), I still liked a lot here. The pacing is excellent; the plot moves quickly, and the interspersed scenes from a young girl's perspective versus the standard characters' actions flow seamlessly. The villains are truly awful, and while Bridget makes decisions that seem confusing, ill advised, etc. most of the time, it's easy to build sympathy for her. If you are the kind of mystery reader who likes a lot of twists, surprises, misdirects, etc., this may not be exactly your brand. However, I found this to be a solid mystery and thriller, a speedy and enjoyable read, and a great use of a tortured, un/reliable narrator. I am excited to read more from Pearce.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Waldron

    If I read the words dark and twisty in reviews for a book, I’m sold immediately. So when I saw this book and the fact that it was likened to series like Broadchurch and The Missing I knew I had to read it. Thank you so much to @AvonBooksUK and @BryonyPearce for this advanced audio copy of The Girl on the Platform in return for an honest review. The Girl on the Platform is due to be published on 15th April 2021 and you can get a copy here. Description 🔖 Bridget is a new mother and like most she is If I read the words dark and twisty in reviews for a book, I’m sold immediately. So when I saw this book and the fact that it was likened to series like Broadchurch and The Missing I knew I had to read it. Thank you so much to @AvonBooksUK and @BryonyPearce for this advanced audio copy of The Girl on the Platform in return for an honest review. The Girl on the Platform is due to be published on 15th April 2021 and you can get a copy here. Description 🔖 Bridget is a new mother and like most she is exhausted. When on the train home from work she is the single witness to a crime so horrific it distresses her deeply. She sees a child abducted right from the train platform. Except she is the only witness; not a single other person on the train saw a thing and nobody has reported a little girl missing. So the police write the report off and Bridget struggles to convince even her husband that it happened. With nobody looking for the little girl, she takes it upon herself to investigate but this comes at a high price. General Thoughts 🤔 What a fantastic read this book was. True to it’s description, it’s dark and twisty and really quite disturbing. It was one of those books that made me feel uncomfortable but I couldn’t put it down and stop. I had to keep going because I had to know what was going to happen next. There was so much to unpack in this book, I couldn’t possibly cover it all in a review (and I don’t do spoilers!). As well as being gripping and tense, mental health plays such a big part in this book and it really made me think about medical vs therapeutic treatment. I know that there are people in either camp that have strong feelings but I think I really started to appreciate that no two people require the same treatment. There is no right or wrong other than getting the treatment that you need to feel better. The important part is acknowledging an illness and reaching out for help and support. Characters 👫👭👬 My heart broke for Bridget, but I admired her courage and strength. Despite everything she was going through personally and despite the reactions from the police, she was persistent in her plight. I felt like some of the other characters allowed her mental illness to define her rather than attempting to help her and I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been. I really liked Bridget’s husband Tom. There was a dark cloud over their family but he was there and he was supportive. Yes, he had his moments of it all getting too much, but I that didn’t make me like him any less. I think he just needed to take a breath and sometimes that is what allows people to come back stronger. Writing Style ✍️ This isn’t the first (and I hope it isn’t the last) super impressive debut that I have read so far this year. New authors seem to be bringing their A game at the moment and Bryony Pearce is no exception. I loved that she was able to write Bridget’s character with sensitivity but also convey raw emotion. Bridget narrates the story and I think her voice was written beautifully. About half way through the book, some parts of the puzzle started to slot into place, but I knew that with 50% of the book left to go, there was more to be unravelled. The intricacies of the story and all of those lovely twists and turns were weaved and undone so well and kept me well and truly hooked. Conclusion & Scoring 🎖️ This was such a fantastic read and I will 100% be recommending this to all. The storyline was superb, the writing was amazing and the narration of the audiobook was perfect. Congratulations to Bryony Pearce on this debut and I look forward to keeping a look out for her future work.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. There's not much to say about this thriller besides it was really obvious what was going on from the first couple of chapters, and I didn't like the character of Bridget. I guess with the ending you can get why she acts the way she does, but it was hard to take since it seemed most of the time she was crying and shaking and obsessing over missing children. There were way too many twists (that made zero s Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review. There's not much to say about this thriller besides it was really obvious what was going on from the first couple of chapters, and I didn't like the character of Bridget. I guess with the ending you can get why she acts the way she does, but it was hard to take since it seemed most of the time she was crying and shaking and obsessing over missing children. There were way too many twists (that made zero sense by the way) for me to even find this book believable. I think at one point I realized that this would have been right up my alley years ago if it appeared on a random Sunday Night Made for TV movie. Thankfully my tastes have evolved. "The Girl on the Platform" follows Bridget who is drowsing a bit on a train when she wakes up and suddenly sees a girl on a platform she's passing being taken by two men and dragged off into a van. Bridget manages to call the police and the train is held for a couple of hours while the police try to figure out what stop Bridget saw the abduction. Unfortunately the police don't find anything, and Bridget returns home and barely manages to hold it together. Readers then find out that Bridget is back at work and her husband, Tom, is staying at home writing a screenplay (I think, honestly I kept forgetting what he was supposedly doing) while also caring for their 8 month old daughter, Grace. We find out that Bridget is dealing with post-partum depression and feels resentful of not being there for her daughter like Tom is. The book though jumps back and forth between Bridget investigating the disappearance of the girl that was taken (after the police push back on her account) while also dealing with her troubled personal life with her husband and mother. Bridget was just a lot to deal with while reading. Since she's the main character and the one we follow, I just find myself getting tired of her "investigation" and lying to her husband about what she was up to. I just never really got a handle on her as a character, not even when I got to the end of the book. Bridget's husband was a saint. Honestly. Because when you read the whole book and get to the ending one wonders why he's with her. I saw no real reason why anyone would want to date or marry Bridget. Her mother was a lot and way too into her life and though we hear tales on how fun she used to be and how she was always racing to do things, it just felt like a whole other character we were never formally introduced to. The flow of the book is really slow. The ending was when things really came apart for me. I saw the twists coming (except for two things), but it was just so over the top and surreal I felt like I stumbled upon a student production of a really bad play. It just didn't seem grounded in reality at all. I often wonder how authors write their books, do they think of the ending first and work backwards, or do they start off with a rough outline. This book had an interesting idea (slightly) but think it went off the rails to the point that it wasn't a realistic thriller.

  23. 4 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    My rating: 3.5 stars On her way home from work, Bridget sees a little girl being kidnapped from an isolated railway platform. As Bridget herself is in a passing train, she rallies around to see if anyone else has witnessed the crime. When no one steps up, Bridget decides to take things in her own hands and find that missing girl. The problem? Bridget is a new mom, and struggling with post-partum depression. As there are no other clues that confirm the kidnapping, Bridget finds herself questioni My rating: 3.5 stars On her way home from work, Bridget sees a little girl being kidnapped from an isolated railway platform. As Bridget herself is in a passing train, she rallies around to see if anyone else has witnessed the crime. When no one steps up, Bridget decides to take things in her own hands and find that missing girl. The problem? Bridget is a new mom, and struggling with post-partum depression. As there are no other clues that confirm the kidnapping, Bridget finds herself questioning her own sanity. And yet, she continues to be obsessed with the girl for some unknown reason, to the point of lying to and ignoring her own family. To what extent are her suspicions rooted in reality? Will her delicate family situation be able to survive her fanatical quest into the truth? The story starts off spectacularly. While it is easy to dismiss the book as yet another book related to a train, the way Bridget’s emotions and insecurities are portrayed really take the story to a whole new level. However, after a point, the pace becomes too slow, though the action does consistently moving forward. What saves the book from the lagging middle section is the dramatic turnaround at the end. While I did see it coming in advance, I didn’t guess the complete extent of the twist. So that was a wonderful surprise. The overall book is quite dark and twisted. Author Bryony Pearce does her best to make sure that your attention doesn’t get diverted, and to a great extent, she is successful. What I feel didn’t work for me is that I was expecting a thriller but found more of a psychological drama. Only towards the end does the book seem like a thriller again. If this were marketed as a drama, I would have read it with different expectations. That said, the author nails Bridget’s character perfectly. Her PTSD, her emotional highs and lows, all are written in a way that leaves you feeling for her character. The personal note by the author at the end of the book reveals her personal experience with PTSD. And that explains why she was able to write about it without glamorizing or exaggerating it. I heard the audio version of this book and narrator Nneka Okoye does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. Right from portraying the emotions to providing distinct voices to the characters, she is fantastic. I shall look forward to more of her narrations. I will still recommend this book, in spite of my slight dissatisfaction. Just make sure you read it as a psychological drama. Thank you, NetGalley and HarperCollins UK Audio, for the Advanced Audio Review Copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. *********************** Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun. Follow me on Instagram: RoshReviews

  24. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn Lynch

    Exhausted new mother Bridget is on her way home from work late one night on the train when she sees something shocking; a little girl being grabbed off the platform of a station her train is speeding through and thrown into a white van. Nobody else sees it, though, and since Bridget is suffering from post-natal depression and on a strong medication with possible hallucinatory side effects, it soon becomes apparent that the police don’t quite believe her. Which doesn’t explain the white van which Exhausted new mother Bridget is on her way home from work late one night on the train when she sees something shocking; a little girl being grabbed off the platform of a station her train is speeding through and thrown into a white van. Nobody else sees it, though, and since Bridget is suffering from post-natal depression and on a strong medication with possible hallucinatory side effects, it soon becomes apparent that the police don’t quite believe her. Which doesn’t explain the white van which starts following Bridget around. Or the incredible detail she can recall, right down to the logo of the rose on the little girl’s blazer pocket. A specialist in data analysis, Bridget starts doing what she does best; investigate the data. All the data on children who vanished without trace, over the last twenty years, with particular focus on those missing from railway stations. One case, twenty years old, strikes a strange chord, and when Bridget finds herself in the small Northern town a little girl called Frances vanished from, something starts stirring in her memory. Something impossible. The twist here is actually telegraphed really early, even though it’s not explicitly spelled out, but the reader has to wait for Bridget to discover it and to uncover all the details about why. There are still some threads left open - why therapist Gillian was so loyal to Bridget’s mother didn’t really add up for me, and what about all that data Bridget analysed? Because she really did find a pattern, one which makes me wonder if there might be a second book here where Bridget helps the police find more missing children. I’d love to read it, if so. Bridget’s past would provide a major impetus for her to get involved in such cases and she has the skillset to do it. It’s unusual to read a character with mental illness, depicted with clear and unflinching detail, as the heroine rather than the villain in a mystery thriller. PND is very real and can be crippling, and although it’s eventually revealed that Bridget’s issues are both deeper and at least partially induced by external forces, her struggles as a working mother to a young baby (with dietary issues, no less) and her desperate desire to do the right thing by her daughter are painful to read. This is gut-wrenching in parts, I think especially to anyone who has children and has felt that crippling fear they’re failing as a parent, and the contrast between that and the shocking emotional betrayals of the eventual villain are extreme. I honestly couldn’t put this down once I’d got into it, which didn’t take long at all; I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. Five stars for a terrific read and I’ll definitely be looking for more books from this author. Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this title via NetGalley.

  25. 4 out of 5

    BeccaJBooks

    Bridget is a new mum, recently diagnosed with post-natal depression, taking tablets to stabilise her condition and generally just stressed out from work and life. One night, on her way home from work, she sees a little girl get abducted at a train station. The police don’t believe her, her husband doesn’t believe her, her own mum doesn’t believe her. So, she sets out to find the missing girl herself. This was a really interesting story. It isn’t a new idea, and it definitely had echoes of GIRL ON Bridget is a new mum, recently diagnosed with post-natal depression, taking tablets to stabilise her condition and generally just stressed out from work and life. One night, on her way home from work, she sees a little girl get abducted at a train station. The police don’t believe her, her husband doesn’t believe her, her own mum doesn’t believe her. So, she sets out to find the missing girl herself. This was a really interesting story. It isn’t a new idea, and it definitely had echoes of GIRL ON A TRAIN and some of those ITV dramas that are on every other week at the moment, but overall, I did enjoy it.  I found Bryony Pearce’s descriptions of being a first-time mum particularly true to life, and she left no details out, which as a mum to a toddler, I could relate to all too well. Whilst I found this endearing, it also reminded me that this is a debut, and I could definitely tell. That isn’t to say it was badly written, on the contrary, I believe this made it more welcoming to a reader. It’s relatability had me engrossed in the story and routing for our protagonist the whole way through.  I didn’t completely see the ending coming. I had a whiff of what was to come from quite early on, but the actual tying up was great. It all happened so quickly once the final reveal was made. It is the kind of book you read in one sitting, so be warned!   I loved how utterly absorbed I was in this book. How I completely lost track of time and pleaded with Bridget in my head to get to the little girl sooner and save her. Bryony's writing is fast paced and constantly evolving, but on the flip side, I was never lost or left behind and I'm really impressed with this. There is nowhere in this book where I am confused and I think the small cast of characters helps with this. We have the main players - Bridget and her husband Tom, and of course baby Grace. Then there is her mum, her two friends Sam and Neil and her 'Aunt Gillian'. It's great to be able to get your head around the characters so quickly, as I find that to be one of the most frustrating aspects of some more complex thrillers - the web of people we need to learn about and remember. Bryony Pearce stuns with this mesmerising debut, it'll have you hooked from the beginning and you'll not want to put it down. Overall a fab read, and one I would recommend to someone who wants a psychological suspense, a whodunnit to play along with or just a quick thriller. Ta to Avon for my copy of this one. Www.thebeautifulbookbreak.com

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Thank you NetGalley and AVON/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. for a copy of "The Girl on the Platform" in exchange for my honest review. This story starts off with a girl being held captive, possibly hurt. The story is told through the eyes of Bridget Carlson and this girl who is not identified, nor are we told if it is in the present day or in the past. This story is a brilliant thriller that was impossible to put down because I was so invested in these characters. Bridget Carlson is 28, a senior Thank you NetGalley and AVON/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. for a copy of "The Girl on the Platform" in exchange for my honest review. This story starts off with a girl being held captive, possibly hurt. The story is told through the eyes of Bridget Carlson and this girl who is not identified, nor are we told if it is in the present day or in the past. This story is a brilliant thriller that was impossible to put down because I was so invested in these characters. Bridget Carlson is 28, a senior manager at a London research agency. He husband Tom has put his career on hold to stay at home with their almost 8 month old daughter Grace. While coming home from work one night Bridget believes that she sees a little girl who was sitting alone on her suitcase abducted by two men and put in a while van at one of the train stations that they are passing. No one else on the train saw anything, nor was a child reported missing. The police don't seem to believe her and even go as far as saying that she is seeking attention. They also find her unreliable because she is on meds for her post-natal depression. The little girl that is part of the other voice in this story, the reader "hears" her being told that her parents don't love her anymore and they wanted her to be taken away from them. Bridget's mother Alison Monahan is a character that is very hard to warm to. She is incredibly controlling and demanding of Bridget. She insists on Bridget going to see her friend Gillian who is a therapist. Bridget used to go to therapy with her "Aunt" Gillian when she was younger and she was helping her to forget and block memories. Alison even sits in on Bridget's sessions. She doesn't seem to realize that Bridget is an adult with a family of her own. When Bridget and Tom decide that they want to move to a house near their friends, Alison appears to become unhinged. She forbids them from moving. She goes as far as to call social services and the police on them. Abuse of Grace was reported by multiple sources. She insists on getting custody of Grace. Alison validates what she did because she doesn't want them moving and Bridget's obsession with the kidnapping. Why is Alison so busy trying to convince Bridget that she is unwell. Why is Grace so well behaved for her grandmother? The last 2 or 3 chapters are an incredible conclusion to this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    If no one else saw it happen, did it really even happen? Bryony Pearce’s first adult domestic noir, “The Girl on the Platform,” is to be published April 15, 2021, and highlights post-natal depression and a kidnap sighting. Bridgit Carlson, 28, is on her way home late one night from her work at a London research company when, from the train window, she witnesses a little girl being kidnapped from a dark train platform. When no one else on the train comes forward as a witness and there is no missing If no one else saw it happen, did it really even happen? Bryony Pearce’s first adult domestic noir, “The Girl on the Platform,” is to be published April 15, 2021, and highlights post-natal depression and a kidnap sighting. Bridgit Carlson, 28, is on her way home late one night from her work at a London research company when, from the train window, she witnesses a little girl being kidnapped from a dark train platform. When no one else on the train comes forward as a witness and there is no missing persons report filed, police and her family start to doubt whether she’s telling the truth. Bridgit is on medication for post-partum depression and her sighting is chalked up to hallucinations brought on by the medications and sleep deprivation due to balancing her career and an 8-month baby girl, Grace. She also has a history of attending counselling and a controlling mother, Alison, who loves to paint her daughter as an incapable mother and a depressed soul. This drives Bridgit to start her own investigation. She’s so convinced of the event that she puts it all on the line to find the little girl and to prove that she witnessed an actual event. Told from two perspectives, Bridgit’s and the missing girl’s, this thriller is difficult to get into at first. Not having had children, I couldn’t understand what was wrong with Bridgit and didn’t understand why she was being treated with such disdain and disbelief. I commend the author for her insightful forray into the mind of an anxious and emotionally unstable mother. I could almost feel her vulnerability jumping out from the pages. I can only imagine how frustrated Bridgit must have felt experiencing a lack of credibility due to her mental illness. Halfway through the story, the pace picked up and, what were initially loose threads in the story, became part of the tapestry. It all made sense. I wasn’t ready for the mind-blowing climax and was aware of my heart pounding as I neared the end. Thank you to Bryony Pearce, Avon Books UK, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emelie Landenberg

    3.5 stars for The Girl on the Platform by Bryony Pearce I’m not usually a thriller reader, but sometimes a blurb will catch my eye and make me sit up and take note. The Girl on the Platform is about Bridget, who during her commute home from work in London sees a little girl kidnapped and thrown into a van. She contacts the police, but as she has had mental health issues and is taking antidepressants, the police don’t believe her and she needs to start investigating on her own. Sound familiar? Yeah 3.5 stars for The Girl on the Platform by Bryony Pearce I’m not usually a thriller reader, but sometimes a blurb will catch my eye and make me sit up and take note. The Girl on the Platform is about Bridget, who during her commute home from work in London sees a little girl kidnapped and thrown into a van. She contacts the police, but as she has had mental health issues and is taking antidepressants, the police don’t believe her and she needs to start investigating on her own. Sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so to. Train, London, woman who can’t trust her own mind but just KNOWS she saw something - sounds like a preeeetty popular book with a preeeetty similar title. To be honest - that’s part of what drew me in, since I quite enjoyed the Girl on the Train, and I was hoping for a good twist. And there is for sure a twist, a crazy twist which the author was building up to for hundreds of pages, a twist that... I figured out after about 30 minutes of reading! It didn’t make the read any less enjoyable, but I’ll be surprised if someone who reads it claims to not have seen it coming from quite early on. The writing was great, just suspenseful enough to keep me second guessing myself after I thought I’d figured it out, and I was NERVOUS towards the end when everything starts to unravel. I can honestly say I had no idea what would happen to all the characters in the end - good for a thriller! I just wish it hadn’t been so obvious so early what the twist was. Pearce kept dropping too many hints to the truth throughout, that I was hoping that I was wrong and it was a double bluff, because it was just too easy to figure out. I have to finish by saying though that I read the whole book in one sitting in about 3-4 hours, so it clearly kept me engrossed and it had me on the edge of my seat for the second half of it especially, where the pacing was excellent. For a casual Thriller reader like myself, this was an enjoyable book that occasionally made my heart race! Sincere thanks to Avon Books UK and Netgalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    *Thanks to Avon for sending this free ebook to me* So to begin, here's a quick recap on what the story is about: Bridget was on her way home in a train when she saw a girl being kidnapped by two men as the train passes by one of the stations. She quickly call the police when she had reached her destination and to her surprise, no one else in the train saw what had happened and she was the only witness. What's worse? The police informed her the next day that no one had reported their child missing *Thanks to Avon for sending this free ebook to me* So to begin, here's a quick recap on what the story is about: Bridget was on her way home in a train when she saw a girl being kidnapped by two men as the train passes by one of the stations. She quickly call the police when she had reached her destination and to her surprise, no one else in the train saw what had happened and she was the only witness. What's worse? The police informed her the next day that no one had reported their child missing and no one else believed what she said. Bridget couldn't let the incident off and went on searching for clues on her own. But will she be able to find the truth and prove what she said is true? My thoughts on the book Okay let's be honest, I went into this book with a lot of expectations and anticipation but about 200 pages in, I find myself not as attached to the book anymore and was flying through pages just so I know the ending. The beginning of the story was great, we get to know Bridget, who had a little happy family with her husband, Tom and their little girl, Grace. Although there might be some disagreements between them, I still think their family is cute and it's just portraying normal everyday stuff every family goes through. What I didn't really enjoy about the book was I find it to be a little draggy in the middle when the author is explaining on how Bridget looks for clues and patiently waiting for news from the police and also how she feels responsible about finding the little girl. Also, if you're not into books with psychological twists, I think this might not be your kind of read. This book also has trigger warnings for mental illness, depression, self harm, and suicide. Do read with caution. Overall, it's still a great story plot, I did enjoy the thriller part of it and how it kept me on anxious throughout the whole story. If you're into thriller plots, do pick this up and I'm sure you'll enjoy it too!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leonie Hinch

    Thank you to Netgalley, Harper Collins Audio and Bryony Pearce for my advanced listening copy of The Girl on the Platform in exchange for an honest review. Published: 15th April 2021 The Girl on the Platform is cited as the new 'Girl on the Train' and 'Gone Girl' and I'm always a little dubious of those sorts of comparisons and let me tell you, it isn't. But not for the reason you think. It's because it's better, it blows those two books right out of the water and if there was an award for most Thank you to Netgalley, Harper Collins Audio and Bryony Pearce for my advanced listening copy of The Girl on the Platform in exchange for an honest review. Published: 15th April 2021 The Girl on the Platform is cited as the new 'Girl on the Train' and 'Gone Girl' and I'm always a little dubious of those sorts of comparisons and let me tell you, it isn't. But not for the reason you think. It's because it's better, it blows those two books right out of the water and if there was an award for most compulsive read of the year I'd be awarding it right now. Bridget is exhausted. She's recently had a baby and now she's returned to work, the long commute in addition to the fact she's still breast feeding and getting up in the night with little Grace means she's exhausted. So when she manages to catch the train before it leaves the platform she's just relieved to be able to grab a seat where she can doze against the window. But when the train passes a dimly lit station, Bridget is horrified to witness a little girl being kidnapped. And she's the only one that sees it. Bridget calls the police as soon as she can but the problem is they don't believe her. Nobody does. Not her husband, not her mother, not the police. There are no other witnesses and anti depressants can cause hallucinations and bad dreams right? This is an incredibly dark book and not for the faint hearted. The writing is fantastic and the narration was good although the posh accent was a little annoying/fake at times. I just couldn't stop listening until the end. Although I'd got clues and was pretty sure I'd figured it all out or at least most of it, it was still thrilling, compulsive reading waiting for Bridget to put together all the pieces. It was also interesting to listen to the authors afterword where she discusses her own struggles with post natal depression and how the book was designed to shed light on that struggle. A fantastic read that I will be recommending to everyone I know.

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