Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Kindle and Audiobook ARC
Narrator: Jan Kramer
No. of Pages: 286
Date of Publication: May 22, 2023
My Rating: 4 Stars
Thirty-year-old Hattie has been living a hum-drum life. Commuting daily on the 18:53 train has always been uneventful and quiet. That all changes when one of the passengers dies on the train. Until his death, everyone riding was in their own world. Now, they are talking to one another. Considering the victim died while the train was in motion, one of them must be the killer, and Hattie and the others begin to form a strange bond. They even form a WhatsApp group and chat while not commuting.
Interestingly, this latest book by Alison James has four narrators. Besides Hattie being the main narrator, there are Julian, Louis and Neil. In addition, there are other regular riders on the train, including Casper, a man that Harriet finds herself drawn to. As I listened to the narration of this audiobook, I thought the narrator did an excellent job with the changing points of view and characters. Although quite a bit of the story took place off train, Hattie’s messy life was made abundantly clear. Between binge drinking and one night stands, her life was rather like a runaway train.
Even with a few twists, some might guess the killer, as the list of suspects is quite short. Even so, this book was an intriguing read made even better with the excellent narration by Jan Kramer. With even pacing, this engaging read kept my attention throughout.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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