rhia reviews | Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

34200289Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.

Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.

One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.

Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?

My Goodreads rating: ★★★☆☆

I received a copy of this novel from netgalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

UK Release Date: May 18, 2017

This is a surprisingly quick read once you get into it – which admittedly took me several days, as I really wasn’t feeling this at the beginning. The story covers Eleanor, who has a strict routine, and what happens when she finds herself outside of that routine.

I wasn’t sure about Eleanor at first – I really couldn’t connect to her character, but as I read further into it, she really grew on me. Eleanor has a really distinct voice, as do the supporting characters – even if we don’t see very much of most of them.

This is a strong first novel from a strong author. I can’t wait to see what she does next.

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