Thanks, but…

Paula Hawkins has created a clever puzzle of a story in THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. For most of the book, she keeps you guessing as to which person is the “bad guy.” Her first person telling of an alcoholic life feels real and frustrating and that alcoholic girl’s attempts to solve a murder and fix the lives of the other characters keep the pages turning. But, what amoral characters inhabit this story!

Have you read FATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff? Another clever tale propelled by the puzzle of seemingly inexplicable, unrealistic behavior with despicable characters revealed in the unfolding background of a strange marriage.

Well-written with skillfully interwoven plot and a touch of mystery…this does not suffice for me, when the characters leave me feeling in need of a cleansing shower.