The Girl on the Platform by Bryony Pearce

Thank you to Avon Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Today (23rd of May) it is my turn in the blog tour of The Girl on the Platform to let you guys know what I thought about this book. When I dived into it, I didn’t know if I knew what to expect.

From the outset we follow Bridget, who has had her daughter together with her husband Tom not long ago and who is battling what at first I thought to be postpartum depression.

On her way back from work, Bridget witnesses how a girl is snatched from one of the platforms. The train doesn’t stop on the platform and Bridget questions the other passengers to see if they saw the same thing as she did. Defeated, she realises that no one else saw the kidnapping of the little girl.

From there everything spirals out of control for Bridget. She can’t think of anything else but the girl that has been kidnapped. Although she reported the kidnapping, the police seem to not make any progress in finding out who has taken the girl. And she even doubts that they believe her claims.

Has Bridget really seen a kidnapping? Every one else tells her she had dreamt it, imagined it but she feels that there is more to it than a bad dream.

Uncomfortable and gut-clenching, The Girl on the Platform provides an important insight on mental health of mothers and the repercussions of not addressing these when they arise. 

Neglecting her marriage and neglecting her daughter, Bridget can only think of the girl who none except for her, it seems, will try to find her. She lies to Tom, she is exhausted being riddled with nightmares as a side effect of the drugs she is taking to battle her anxiety and depression and when things couldn’t get any worse, Social Services, appear at her house threatening to take her daughter.

In a culmination to the story we learn that Bridget’s own mother has made a case to Social Services to take her daughter for her own good. But why would she do that, and what would she have to gain from it? Well, I will not spoil the ending and would definitely recommend you to check out this book because the ending is something different from what you would expect from this sort of book.

If you pick up this book, be ready for an uncomfortable read that will make you feel sorry and confused at the same time (confused in a good way). The unreliable narrator in Bridget makes you the reader doubt everything you read to the degree of starting, even to doubt yourself of what you are reading. Pearce has done an outstanding job bringing the spotlight on mental issues and repercussions of them if we do not address them in a thrilling psychological novel that punches you in the gut with raw and uncomfortable scenes that feel a bit too real. 

The Girl on the Platform is out everywhere where excellent books are sold and I hope you will pick it up and share your thoughts with me.