Subway4 is an edgy page-turner and I liked it a lot. Written in the first person the characters’ feelings and internal states are highlighted and the reader can expect to go through a whole range of emotions with them - fear, anger, shock, excitement, sadness, frustration, compassion… The growing relationship between Valerie and Anton is convincing and affecting. There are some good cliff-hangers and I enjoyed the quick pace although I would have liked it to be longer too.
This book brilliantly conveys the horrendous damage that racism and racial hatred causes, and the way people’s lives can fall apart, often through various stages, as a result.
by Dee B
A wonderful novel! Powerful stuff! I really enjoyed reading it.
The switching between the main characters each chapter works very well and I’ve not come across that before. I think the real achievement is that Violet addresses the human being very well in both of these characters and solves the sticky problem of not being ‘sympathetic’ with the racist whilst still showing his inner turmoil. The silk scarf is a evocative image that really came alive for me.