Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Book Review: The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent

As you all know by now, ever since I read The Girl on the Train, I've found it hard to get into another book just because of how engrossed and obsessed I became with it. I went out a few weeks after, with the aim to keep reading, and bought The Reader on the 6.27. But never properly got round to reading it until now... (I'm sorry this is another book review, I had scheduled this before my previous one but that needed to go up first)

Like GOTT, everyone seemed to rave about The Reader on the 6.27 but for some reason, I just couldn't get into it. I started reading a few pages and then lost track. Until last week, when I picked it up again. 

Although I read it in 2 days, I'm still unsure as to what I think of it. The story line is very simple - a guy reading on a train - of course it develops further but I don't want to give too much away. However, at the end of it I found myself wondering how Didierlaurent had got from the beginning to the end. How had he made the beginning, middle and end flow as a story?

There were parts of it that made me smile and did intrigue me. I guess the premise intrigued me - how could Didierlaurent make such a simple story into a book? But he did it. However, as I read towards the end I could see how the story was going finish. I didn't have this with The Girl on the Train. I never knew what was next whereas part of the The Reader on the 6.27, I could guess what was coming at the end. 

Having read it, I feel slightly indifferent and a little confused on my opinion of this book. I enjoyed that it was set in France and that's what made it different. As I said there were parts that I really enjoyed, I enjoyed seeing the character and his relationships develop. The description is like nothing I've read if I'm honest. Jean-Paul Didierlaurent goes into so much detail you begin to create an image of how everything and everyone looks in your mind. For me, that's when I know an author is a great writer!

If you don't enjoy reading long passages and some colloquial French, I'd stay away from this book. But my intrigue and indifference of opinion is what I guess, makes me think a part of me did quite enjoy this book. It's just a slightly strange read and until you read it, I'm not sure you'll understand that. 

It is a book I'd recommend though because of how it's made me wander about the actual story line. I clearly wanted to know what was going happen as I read it in 2 days. I don't think I've read a book quite like it because it is just different. 

I can't explain it any other way. So I'm sorry if this review made hardly any sense. 

But I'd love to know if you've read The Reader on the 6.27 and what you thought.


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