Book Review – The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
July 29, 2015
“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.”
One 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.
When 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.
An 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.
I had heard of this book and I was intrigued, but when my friend Meghan gave it 5 stars and said I HAD to read it, I immediately put it on hold at the library. Here is what I think now that I’ve finished:
On the Plus Side:
- Kubica does an excellent job of developing a wide range of characters whose personalities advance the plot seamlessly. It was abundantly clear that Kubica was very organized with a detailed plan that she followed while writing.
- The plot switches from past to present in a way that makes sense and is clearly delineated by the author. I am not always a fan of time switching, but again Kubica’s organization promotes more suspense as she executes her story.
- I loved all the twists and turns in this one, and I admire how Kubica manages to make those twists and turns fit with the characters that she has developed.
- The ending is one that you won’t forget. I love how all the elements that Kubica developed throughout the novel come to a satisfying conclusion.
- I always enjoy a novel that is set in Chicago….it’s fun to read about places that you are familiar with.
On the Minus Side:
- There were some brief moments that I felt that the unfolding of the story became a little slow, but in hindsight, Kubica executes it exactly as she intended. Definitely hang with this one even if you have brief moments where you are starting to doubt the action…..I promise the pay off is worth it!
I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of suspense and mystery. After you read it, we MUST talk!!!!
Have you read The Good Girl? What did you think?