Gail Honeyman's debut novel 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine ' is a story about loneliness. Eleanor is a young woman who has carved a niche for herself: she lives an ordered life, each weekday she goes to work, eats and drinks the same things, wears the same clothes and at weekends she doesn't speak to another living soul from Friday evening until Monday morning. At first you will laugh but you'll get a sneaking feeling all is not well and Eleanor has made this life against the odds.
You will recognise, Eleanor Oliphant. You already know her. She's the one in the office that doesn't like office parties and you sense she resents being asked to contribute to collections for birthdays and weddings. She's the one who listens to obscure plays on Radio 4 and shows contempt for Bake Off or Strictly. In short, she's the slightly weird one you tend to avoid because she's a bit...well you may call her eccentric because it's kinder.
I don't want to spoil it for people so I won't say too much about the plot: suffice to say it's intriguing to gradually uncover what happened to Eleanor earlier in her life that left her so socially inept and isolated.
The themes are similar to the ones I am exploring in my own novel 'Hellingly' (currently work in progress) although the setting and the circumstances of the protagonists are quite different.
So read it and let me know what you think using the comments box below.