A charming, sad, gentle tale. This is easy reading, 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.
I read this book in three sittings after work as I needed to finish before my book club catch up. It was an easy read 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.
There is always something you need to know - but when will it be unveiled? Teasers along the way finding you wanting more. An incredible personal journey and you only always want things to work out for amazing Eleanor.
The combination of humour and mystery in this book makes it an interesting and enjoyable read. We follow the story as the main character completely changes her appearance, her understanding of relationships and the world around her and her values.
A funny non-judgmental story about an awkward, damaged woman confronting her buried past. All the characters were strong and plausible. The writing inspires a gentle affection for them, even the flawed ones. Enjoyed every word.