Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeymoon

Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeymoon

Published: HarperCollins UK, March 2018

Status: Read September 2018


My Thoughts:

With an interesting main character, and an unexpectedly compelling narrative, I really enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

“I have always taken great pride in managing my life alone. I’m a sole survivor—I’m Eleanor Oliphant. I don’t need anyone else—there’s no big hole in my life, no missing part of my own particular puzzle. I am a self-contained entity. That’s what I’ve always told myself, at any rate.”

All that slowly changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, and the elderly Sammy.

Somewhat of an unreliable narrator, this character driven story is filtered by Eleanor’s unique perspective, coloured by what is likely a neuroatypical disorder and the experience of repressed trauma. Eleanor evokes both pity and empathy, you can’t help but root for her to break free from her self imposed limits.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a poignant story, dark and yet ultimately uplifting, this is a completely fine novel.


Available to Purchase from

HarperCollins Australia or your preferred retailer.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Theresa Smith Writes
    Apr 02, 2019 @ 15:55:36

    This was a good one for me too. An insightful novel, very enjoyable.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. lydiaschoch
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 04:54:38

    I’m glad you liked this book so much. I’ve heard good things about it.

    I couldn’t find your TTT post, so I’ll leave this here:
    My post. 🙂



  3. Carole from Carole's Chatter
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 06:21:15

    What a great review! It would be great if you would share this with everyone over at Books You Loved: April edition. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter



  4. Kathryn
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 08:06:31

    Wasn’t it good. I listened to this one on audio and totally loved it. I never got the mother thing to the reveal but I don’t mind!!

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Mystica
    Apr 04, 2019 @ 14:18:59

    Thano you for the review.

    Liked by 1 person


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  7. Lloyd Russell
    Apr 14, 2019 @ 04:54:54

    I liked it but didn’t love it. Have you read A Man Called Ove? That’s a great book about a quirky character.

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person


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