Book Review: The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford

One of the first things I did when I decided to sail for a few months with my husband was to buy a Kindle. I am really enjoying my new reading buddy and love to scroll through the various titles in the Kindle Unlimited store to look for new reads. One of the books that caught my attention during this scrolling session was Lindsay Jayne Ashford’s The Woman on the Orient Express. Not only did I find the title intriguing but I was more interested to read about the way the author had used one of the most famous writers Agatha Christie as a protagonist in her story

Plot

The Woman on the Orient Express is the story of famous British author Agatha Christie who decided to take a break from her writing and escape from London in order to avoid hearing updates about her ex-husband’s second wedding. She decides to board the new Orient Express that runs from Europe to Baghdad but little does she know that this journey and the people she meets on the journey would change her life forever.

Like most of my fellow book lovers, Agatha Christie novels were a big part of my teenage years. I followed them up by reading a lot about her life which was as interesting as her books so I was really glad to see that the author had done a good amount of research and included lot of true incidents in the book. Kudos to the author for keeping Christie’s character really close to the best-selling author’s actual personality and not trying to fit her into what she felt like would have been the ideal protagonist for her story.

Narration & Character Development

The writing is sharp and crisp so the story moves along in a good pace. Character development is commendable and you are able to visualize the characters in your head. None of the characters have been left hanging in the book without a good introduction or end.

My Review

As I mentioned earlier, I was very curious to see how the author managed to portray the master of mystery in her writing and to be honest, I was kind of expecting a plot soaked in twists and turns but I have to say I was a little disappointed. I did like the first half of the story where the characters were introduced but the plot kind of lost of steam towards the end and the climax felt more melodramatic than mysterious.
I did love the way incidents like Agatha Christie’s travel to Baghdad, divorce, fake amnesia, cheating husband etc. were weaved into this work of fiction but the buildup of expectation during the journey in the train was definitely not followed up by a well thought out explanation so I was kind of left asking for more.

Final Verdict

Overall, The Woman on the Orient Express is a good piece of writing with some great research backing it up. It is a good read with excellent narration and character development but it failed to satisfy my craving for a good mystery read towards the end. The author ensures that you cannot wait to turn the page and find out what else happened on the train but the second part did fall a little short of what I expected it to deliver.

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