The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Released: 1st August 2014
Format: Digital ARC
Source: From Netgalley
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Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review
"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….
Mmmmm little book, you are dark, twisty and just how I like psychological mind bending stories. This one jumped straight in, no messing no fuss. Thrust into the story like a fast flowing river, I did have to come up for air to re-evaluate what was going on. It is a little bit confusing to get into, but when things settle down it's rivetting.
Three different perspectives and all jumping around from past to present. I had to keep my witts about me to keep up with what was going on. Maybe this is the real reason why it didn't come in as a five star.
Did I gel with the characters, maybe not as much as I wanted to. There was a bit of a lack of connection there, maybe again the bouncing from past to present didn't help with this. But it was nice to see the story unravel from the different characters look on things. I did start to think I knew where the plot was going, but it took a turn and I didn't have time to see it coming. I do like a few twists in a book, good to keep me guessing. I really don't like flat line books as I call them, I do like a few heart stoppers to add adrenaline. This book did have those I'm pleased to say.
If you like a good thrilling, twisty and dark read, then go for it. It might not be the best thriller I've read, but it is damn good.
I do look forward to reading more books from this author.
Enjoyed this and would definitely recommend this to fans of psychological thrillers
My Thoughts on The Cover:
I like this cover. The more you look at it the more you analyse the girl. I would certainly pick this one up as it does appeal to me. I especially love the title font and the way some of it is missing and the R is backwards, very interesting and eye catching indeed.