Published by Harlequin MIRA on July 29th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
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"I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don't know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will." \r\nOne night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. 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. \r\nWhen Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, 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. \r\nAn addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.\r\n
Jess already reviewed this book and highlights what worked and didn’t. So my review will be short and sweet, despite having a somewhat different opinion of the story. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica focuses on the disappearance of Mia Dennett, a teacher in one of the poorer districts of Chicagoland. When she goes missing, only her coworker/friend notices right away, not her family. What follows is a series of events that are told from her mother’s, the detective’s and her kidnapper’s point of views. I usually find alternating points of view jarring, but each character’s voice was unique enough that I had no trouble following the story. I found all the characters equally despicable and fascinating. Where her father James is an uncaring ass, he wasn’t always that way; her mother, the quintessential trophy wife, finds some strength to take her through this life she has created for herself; and Colin Thatcher, the abducter, who has more redeemable qualities than perhaps he is given credit for. Where some people on Goodreads have labeled The Good Girl as a book exhibiting Stockholm Syndrome, I don’t agree. What transpires between Mia and Colin is, to me, a greater understanding of each other and the forces that drive each of them. Admittedly, I was only ready to give The Good Girl three stars but the ending was a sucker punch I didn’t see coming. For me, it was a complete and utter mindfuck and I am still ruminating over just how deceptive some of the characters actually were in order to drive the plot of this story. I thought the ending was supremely well done and ties everything together with so much sense and surprise. Like, I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I totally was. Definitely a recommended read.