The Silence Between Breaths by Cath Staincliffe. Read September 2016.

A masterclass in multiple points of view.

“How do you survive the unthinkable? Passengers boarding the 10.35 train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston are bound for work, assignations, reunions, holidays or new starts, with no idea that their journey is about to be brutally curtailed.”

This cast of characters will stay with me for a long time. Each one is realistic and believable – they could be my neighbours or people I went to school with. They’ve been thrown together on this train, into a nightmare situation, and I turned each page with a sense of impending doom. Telling the story from nine points of view must have been a challenge but it works brilliantly.

The book kept me engaged right up to the last page and although “enjoyed” seems the wrong word it was certainly a powerful and gripping read. I admire the author’s skill in moving the story along with realistic dialogue and even humour during some of the most traumatic scenes.

Highly recommended – but expect to be put through the mill emotionally.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy e-book via Netgalley.