[Review] Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Book Cover Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
HarperCollins UK
May 18th 2017

A stunning debut about a girl who 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 fine. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except sometimes, everything.

No-one’s ever told Eleanor life should be better than fine. But with a simple act of kindness she’s about to realise exactly how much better than fine life can be.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
by Gail Honeyman




Eleanor Oliphant is completely and utterly fine. She is set in her rigid daily routine, she is very intelligent and very well-spoken but she is also very slightly odd. At first I was wondering if she may be on the spectrum or have some form of a learning disability, but once you get down to it I don’t think she has – perhaps just neglect from Mummy’s part that made her the way she is, I am not sure how to explain it.

Eleanor has no filter or social graces so to speak, she very much speaks what comes to mind, much like an innocent child may do, but for Eleanor it is seem as socially unacceptable really. She intrigued me and I felt drawn into the story watching her social awkwardness from afar. When she is thrust into a situation with one of her work colleagues and man they help on the street, we see Eleanor is truly fine in herself, it is clear that something terrible happened in her past, though it is not until the last moment that we find out and then it all makes sense.

I really enjoyed this book and for a debut book I will definitely be checking out Gail’s other works in the future.


Purchase links

Amazon| Amazon UK

About the Author

Gail Honeyman wrote her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, while working a full time job, and it was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. She has also been awarded the Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014, and was longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Gail lives in Glasgow.



** I was provided with a copy of this book from NetGallery **


I am Fee, a 30 -something SAHM bookworm! I love to read, and will read almost anything and everything. I am not afraid to try new genres of books and my main genre is horror, thriller.

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