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Review of Strangers on the 16:02 by Priya Basil

by - April 10, 2011

It's a hot, crowded train. Helen Summer is on her way to see her sister Jill to tell her an awful secret. Another passenger, Kerm, is on his way back from his grandfather's funeral. They are strangers, jammed against each other in a crowded carriage. Noisy school kids fill the train - and three of them are about to cause a whole heap of trouble. In the chaos, Helen and Kerm are thrown together in a way they never expected. Catching a train? Read "Strangers on the 16:02" and you'll never feel the same way about your fellow passengers again.

Am I the only person who enjoyed this Quick Read? Apparently so. Flick through the reviews on GoodReads and the stars go no higher than 3, of people that bothered to review the book.

It's a pretty simple story, as you can guess from the description. You view the lives of three characters that meet one day on a train - Helen, who has just discovered a secret and is travelling to see her sister to talk to her about it,  Kerm, a Doctor, who's head is filled with thoughts of his Grandfather and his family, and Innocent, a boy who is angry with the world and due to his father, believes the World is against him because he's black.

There's a lot of stuff touched upon in this short book - Death, Domestic Abuse, Weight issues, racism. One thing I did find interesting was the weight issues - Helen is overweight and wearing ankle boots and, I believe, a skirt. Why do I mention this? Look at the girl on the cover. Also, Helen doesn't have a suitcase with her. Another thing that I found hilarious was Innocent and his friends - named Blessing and Comfort. No joke.


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