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“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….
About the Author:
International bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL (Harlequin MIRA 2014). PRETTY BABY coming July 28, 2015.
Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening, and caring for the animals at a local shelter.
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Wow! Mary Kubica hit National Bestseller status on her first book… I’m freaking jealous.
I found “The Good Girl” to be a wonderful suspenseful debut with non-stop questions running through your mind. As you dig into this book, everything seems to point in one direction, but quickly heads elsewhere fast. The bookstores were labeling this book as the next “Gone Girl”, which I could see the small comparisons and similarities, but truly, you can’t really compare them. They are not the same. I did enjoy reading Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, just as much as this one. In fact, I read Kubica’s The Good Girl in one night… one long night, but one GOOD night. It satisfied my quench for psychological dark mysterious reading. So, basically, I couldn’t put it down. It made me smile.
The multiple POV’s in the novel, from Eve, Gabe, Colin, had them flashing back and forth in time, before and after the kidnapping took place. This strategy kept you reading. It built suspense faster… until the dramatic ending, when we actually hear from Mia’s POV about what actually happened. It was a great read! I loved both, the detective, Gabe Hoffman and the kidnapper, Colin Thatcher. I disliked Mia’s mother and father, but realize the lines between like, love and hate in this dysfunctional family were very blurred (like your normal typical family). But, most of all, I loved the ending… it was perfect. It’s exactly what I would have done, had I been Mia. I can’t spoil the ending for you, so I’ll just say that it put an evil grin on my face. Justice was served.
Also, if you purchase the book, there is a Reader's Guide in the back of the book with discussion questions for your Book Club. Plus, there is a section called "A Conversation With Mary Kubica" in the back, as well. I loved reading about her inspiration for the story and the characters. Being a writer myself, it fascinates me to learn the behind the scenes info for each story.
Mary Kubica lives in Chicago, (one of my favourite US cities) and I quite enjoyed all the Chicago references within the book. I’m looking forward to her next book, “Pretty Baby” due out on July 28, 2015. I’ve already added the book purchase to my wall calendar as an event. I'm not going to wait long before reading the next one.
By the way, I just heard that The Good Girl was just acquired by Anonymous Content... which means this book is going to the movies! Nice. Mary will be dancing right about now. Read the news HERE.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars