A cracking psychological thriller and ghost story. I love railway stations- all those different people with their different lives passing through every day, so I liked the perspective of Lisa as a ghost living on the station and watching those people- workers and passengers alike- observing their daily lives, discovering as we all know that everything is not always as it seems on the surface. Lisa- it was terrifying seeing your life slowly disintegrate. Matty- I wanted to punch you!
Gothic fiction at its most dark and disturbing. In fact this really did disturb me. Everything about it was horrifying. The triple oppression of the West Indian gay woman. The pompous and cruel male domination experienced by all the women in the novel. The terrifying scientific experiments that far exceeded my imagination. The mad woman in the attic. I haven’t read anything like this since my literature degree. Hated it but couldn’t put it down. It was compulsive reading.
Alaska annoyed me. Irritating, drama queen, attention seeking- these are a few of the adjectives that spring to mind. I guess, therefore, that John Green has achieved what he set out to do; create a character that, whether you like her or not, has been believable enough to create feelings and an opinion in me as a reader. Not really a John Green fan- I prefer David Levithan in the YA category- I’m nevertheless glad I made it to the end of the book.