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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Really loved the book! As evidenced by the fact that I did nothing that I wanted to get done yesterday because I sat on the couch reading………This was a dark, depressing and at times creepy novel. Pacing was fast; characters are incredibly flawed and ragged. Rachel has to be one the saddest, most pathetic characters I've ever met. It wasn't until almost the end that I started to suspect who the bad guy was. The author did a skilled job of planting seeds of motive in all of the suspects so the reader could see how they all may have been committed the crime. This is a cautionary tale to not take at face value things that we see. 

I have a great deal of admiration for authors who can tell a story seamlessly from the perspective of three different characters. Being able to keep character personalities consistent, the plot lines, and in this case the timing, straight takes a lot of attention to detail. Getting the inside scoop on more than one character, how she thinks and feels about people and situations, gives the reader the opportunity to be invested in more than one character and thus way more engaged with the story.