Book Review: The Good Girl

I’m having a hard time summarizing this book, so I’m going to list the Goodreads blurb:

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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.

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.

 

This was a free Audible book for Audible’s 20th birthday and I enjoyed it. The audiobook used different voices to narrate the different perspectives; it helped to have that little extra something as I listened to the book on my commutes.

The Good Girl told from the perspectives of Mia’s mother Eve, the Detective Hoffman, and her kidnapper Colin. Each perspective is both before and after the kidnapping. The reader sees the struggle of the unknown and the struggle of recovery.

My biggest issue with this book is that the reviews raved it as the next Gone Girl. It wasn’t. Without including spoilers, Gone Girl’s epic twist happens in the middle of the book and the story continues with the readers knowing what is going on. The Good Girl’s twist happens way too late for to really take effect with me. The surprising moment is a bit lost. If the book was structured in a slightly different way, then it might have had a better effect.

All in all, The Good Girl by Mary Kubica was a pretty good book but it tried too hard to be another book. The Good Girl gets 3 out of 5 stars.

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