A little gem for book lovers. 3.5/5 stars
Thank you to Pan Macmillan and Netgalley for giving me an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review
The blurb: Guylain Vignolles lives on the edge of existence. Working at a book pulping factory in a job he hates, he has but one pleasure in life. Sitting on the 6.27 train each day, Guylain recites aloud from pages he has saved from the jaws of his monstrous pulping machine. And it’s this release of words into the world that starts our hero on a journey that will finally bring meaning into his life. For one morning, Guylain discovers the diary of a lonely young woman: Julie. A woman who feels as lost in the world as he does. As he reads from these pages to a rapt audience, Guylain finds himself falling hopelessly in love with their enchanting author…
The Reader on the 6.27 is a short novel which is thoroughly charming, and that’s not damning with faint praise. There are several things which lift the book from 3 to 3.5 stars. The characters, particularly the secondary characters, are drawn just on the right side of the line between quirky and caricature. And, in such a short story, this is an asset because the author doesn’t have a lot of time to make them memorable.