For one group of passengers settling in to their seats and taking their first sips of champagne, the journey from London to Venice is more than the trip of a lifetime.
A mysterious errand; a promise made to a dying friend; an unexpected proposal; a secret reaching back a lifetime… As the train sweeps on, revelations, confessions and assignations unfold against the most romantic and infamous setting in the world.
Have you ever read a book which you crave when you’re doing something else? I had that exact feeling when I was reading A Night On The Orient Express. I stupidly went to London for the day without it and it was all I thought about.
The prologue is an unusual yet magnificent way to begin the narrative. It is the descriptive paragraphs of why you should ride the Orient Express which captivated me the most. Readers are yet to meet any of the characters but soon enough, we learn of their lives before they board the train.
Adele is an elderly yet sophisticated lady who desperately wants a certain painting back in her life. Riley is a well known man whose life is about to change… Archie is looking for his perfect woman but right now, he’s focusing on his friend. Imogen is celebrating a birthday whilst being disappointed by her boyfriend. She is the grandchild to Adele. Stephanie is adjusting to life as a stepmother.
The journey from Victoria to Calais is where we learn a lot more about the characters, whether that’s from themselves or from the people around them. Fair warning: There are a lot more characters than the ones I’ve listed above. The addition of the past is crucial for the readers as it allows us to piece the plot together.
The journey from Calais to Venice is a pleasant change as we also read from Robert’s point of view who is a member of the crew. I thoroughly enjoyed the links to The Great Gatsby as well. There are some happy you-won’t-stop-smiling moments but there are also a few of comfortable, yet normal family moments.
When the group arrive in Venice, they all go their separate ways and I wondered whether they’d all meet. The ending chapter focuses on one character who I think Veronica intended to be the main character. However, I was a tiny bit disappointed because I wanted to know what had happened to everyone else.