Friday, 23 September 2016

The Woman On The Orient Express Book Review

Blooming Fiction book review of The Woman On The Orient Express

Hoping to make a clean break from a fractured marriage, Agatha Christie boards the Orient Express in disguise. But unlike her famous detective Hercule Poirot, she can’t neatly unravel the mysteries she encounters on this fateful journey.

Agatha isn’t the only passenger on board with secrets. Her cabin mate Katharine Keeling’s first marriage ended in tragedy, propelling her toward a second relationship mired in deceit. Nancy Nelson—newly married but carrying another man’s child—is desperate to conceal the pregnancy and teeters on the brink of utter despair. Each woman hides her past from the others, ferociously guarding her secrets. But as the train bound for the Middle East speeds down the track, the parallel courses of their lives shift to intersect—with lasting repercussions.

The Woman On The Orient Express
by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date: 20 Sept. 2016
ISBN-10: 1503938123
Rating: 4.5/5


Everyone who knows me will say that one of my favourite authors of all time is Agatha Christie. I can't imagine that I'm the only one who immediately mentions her name when the subject of favourite books arises. Her ingenious plots and incredible memorable characters leave a large boot print on your mind, which is very hard to shake off. Which is why, when I read the blurb for The Woman On The Orient Express I was besides myself with excitement.

The story of The Woman On The Orient Express tells the tale of Agatha finally doing something for herself after the infamous split from her husband Archie. Travelling the continent on the famous Orient Express she encounters troubled ladies Katharine and Nancy. Both with problems of their own, they eventually discover who Agatha really is and soon form sisterhood bonds to help each other through their varying problems.

Within the first four chapters of the book I smiled countless times as various quotes and names made their way into the text of the plot. Readers of Agatha Christie will be charmed, like myself, to read Hercule Poirot quotations, hear the classic Hastings saying of 'Good Lord!' and see some scenes which you can directly link to some of Christie's books. As the book continues the novelty wears off as their are fewer instances of the late Agatha's work, and instead the story focuses on the womanly adventures of finding love again and running from the past.

Staying at a dig in Mesopotamia, yes the setting for Murder In Mesopotamia, Agatha encounters a young man she met on the Orient Express who turns her eye in more than way. I have to admit it was strange reading about romantic encounters for Agatha but it was also utterly charming.  Max, as Christie fans will know, did in fact marry Agatha after meeting at the dig in Ur. Reading the history of Agatha in the form of this 'fictional' story has certainly allowed me to absorb a lot more information than if I had read it in a history textbook.

There has been a lot of work involved in the writing of this book, which is evident through the amount of detail in the locations used. The imagery is spot on at every location and the culture of the Middle East is represented as something of beauty rather than the fear often felt in modern day society.

I've given The Woman On The Orient Express a 4.5 star rating because there are a couple of anomalies in the book which hindered my reading slightly. Knowledge of the errors stuck in my mind too long so I wasn't able to enjoy that particular area of the book as much as I would have liked to. However, aside from this slight negative, the book is very well written. It is informative, engaging and revealing to life the other side of Agatha Christie's masterpieces. This is a must read for any Christie fan, and I'll also point out that The Snow Globe is another great read for background of Agatha Christie's disappearance.

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*Digital PR copy received for an honest review


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