Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Publication: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Source: Publisher

"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia's mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family's world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….

The Good Girl is an interesting story about what happens when Mia, a once free spirited young woman is unknowingly stalked and kidnaped and the aftermath after she is found.

This story is told from the point of view of several different characters in the story, which gave it a unique and interesting feel; Mia, Eve (Mia’s mother), Gabe (the Detective, and Colin (Kidnapper).

The dynamics between Mia’s family was pretty interesting to see. Mia comes from a wealthy family, but Mia was almost like an outcast. She didn’t always do what her parents expected, but her mom Eve loved her a lot regardless. Here sister seemed to be a bit of a snob.  Her father however seemed to be a different matter all together. I was surprised at how he reacted during Mia’s disappearance. He didn’t even want to say she disappeared, just that she had run off somewhere. And once she was found, Mia suffered from psychological issues, and her father didn’t try to understand why she was like that, he just wanted her to be ‘normal’ again.  It’s obvious he wasn’t going to be winning a father of the year trophy.

Some people were saying it was in the same vein of Gone Girl, but to me they are both completely different. They do both keep you in suspense and have an ending you probably didn’t see coming, but those are where the similarities end…at least for me. I liked the pace of the story. Nothing seemed rushed or too slow. The characters were well developed and attention-grabbing. The more I read, the more suspense began to build and I just had to know how it would all end.

RATING: 3½ out of 5.


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