Book Review: The Orient Express

Adventure Reads


The Orient Express. Luxury. Mystery. Romance.

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 Glasgow 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.

This novel is split into characters. Adele, is an elderly and sophisticated lady who desperately wants a particular painting in her life again. Riley, is a well known man whose life is about to change. Archie, is looking for his perfect woman but right now, he is 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.

When the group arrive in Venice, they all go their separate ways and I wondered whether they had all met. 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.

Overall, pick up this novel for an adventure❗️ 3/5 stars from me

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