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The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line by Ruth Thomas

Genre: Fiction
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Sandstone Press
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About The Book

Hidden within the confines of the Royal Institute of Prehistorical Studies, Sybil is happy enough with her work – and her love life. Then to her dismay, her old adversary, assertive and glamorous Helen Hansen, is appointed Head of Trustees. To add insult, Helen promptly seduces Sybil’s boyfriend. Betrayed and broken-hearted, Sybil becomes obsessed with exposing Helen as a fraud, no matter the cost.


My Thoughts

This has been a very interesting and quick read, expect a realistic story where you’ll feel part of it, because Sybil makes you feel connected to her story and wanting to know more.
We all have our life more or less on rails; the job, the personal situations, the friends… but what would happen if our nemesis returns to our life to mess everything?
Let’s be honest, Sybil hates the perfect Helen, so she has to fight for what she wants and don’t let her take everything she loves. It didn’t seem a fiction story if you think it coldly but something we all had lived when we were young, the rivalry with the other students to be the best and not being ignored. So, it was easy to like Sybil and want her happiness, feel attracted to her and miss her at the end of the story, believe me. And just a little spoiler, Helen will have a little surprise… This is not a complex story but full of details and sweet moments, to make you disconnect for a while and wonder if we have been Sybil once in our lifetime.
The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line is a little gem that will keep you reading all night. Ready?


About The Author

Ruth Thomas is the author of three short story collections and two novels, as well as many short stories which have been anthologised and broadcast on the BBC. The Snow and the Works on the Northern Line is her third novel. Her writing has won and been shortlisted for various prizes, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Award, the Saltire First Book Award and the VS Pritchett Prize, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She lives in Edinburgh and is currently an Advisory Fellow for the Royal Literary Fund.