This was recommended by my FB book club and since joining have explored lots of new genres I wouldn’t have read this before but I am so very glad I did I loved the story and as for Eleanor OMG I totally fell in love with her character and quirkiness I was sad to finish it and would definitely recommend this book to everyone I know
A charming, sad, gentle tale. This is easyreading, and enjoyable, but it is also deeply moving. At first the likeable Eleanor seems a quirky odd little character, but gradually the truth is revealed. This is a great debut novel from Gail Honeyman, and it will be interesting to see what she writes next. I'm also keen to see how Reese Witherspoon interprets the character of Eleanor in the movie which is "developing" according to IMDB.
The book was unlike anything I usually read - being a murder mystery fan usually but I saw the reviews and thought why not. I can honestly say It's one of the best books I have ever read. I saw bits of Eleanor in myself and other people I know. It was so easy to read and so hard to out aside to do other things that needed doing. Highly recommended
I read this book in three sittings after work as I needed to finish before my book club catch up. It was an easyread and the story was compelling enough to keep you wanting more.
The subject is quite intense once the opening scenes are set and it builds to what I found to be an extremely emotional story. I related to so much of this that for maybe 60% of the book I felt like I was reading a biography about myself which was hard for me to push through (the mental health aspect). If you’re reading this review and have mental health issues then slap a giant trigger warning label to the cover and press on with a box of ‘man-size’ tissues beside you.
I loved this book. Such a sensitive account of loneliness, without succumbing to dramatics. I found it honest in its characterisation and plot development. I sometimes feel patronized by authors who introduce characters as antagonists who then go on to be "the one great love". None of the characters in this book (apart from perhaps the cat) gave me this feeling. Loved its simplicity and depth. The writing style truly appealed to me. Self deprecating in a way that only those from the British Isles can master (in my opinion). Laughed aloud many times..."He wasn't using a knife, but held his fork in his right hand like a child or an American." "Whatever Raymond was eating smelled disgusting, like gently reheated vomit." Eleanor's description of the moves to YMCA were delightful, "Freeform jigging, communal shapes in the air, freeform jigging, communal shapes in the air. Dancing was easy!" Read and enjoy! Not looking forward to the movie as I'm scared it will overly dramatise both characters and plot.