I was completely blown away by this book.
Gail Honeyman so deserved the Costa Book Award for this amazing debut novel. I had read the reviews of course and was expecting a remarkable read, but this book exceeded my expectations. I enjoy trying to work out the underlying psychological issues that shape a character. Eleanor Oliphant was a fascinating character. Quirky, bold and to some extent brave.
In the beginning, I briefly thought that Eleanor might be on the Autistic spectrum, but as the story progressed I realised that she had suffered from a deep and disturbing childhood event. The character of Raymond was a brilliant foil for Eleanor and I enjoyed the way his gentle thoughtfulness and compassion was the catalyst in her changing perspectives. Throughout the story, the reader is given little nuggets of information, relating to Eleanor’s past. I didn’t know what to expect as the story came to a close and was genuinely surprised when I read the newspaper article.
This is a very refreshing and original story that combines both sadness and humour.
Many congratulations to Gail Honeyman.