Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Book Review: The Good Girl

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Goodreads Summary:
"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.

My Review:
I liked this book, but I was disappointed it wasn't a little more suspenseful. Mia, a twenty-five year old high school art teacher, has been kidnapped, but right away in the second chapter she is home again. This book alternates between three main characters: Mia's mother (Eve), the detective (Gabe), and the kidnapper (Colin). Some chapters take place "Before" and some "After". The pivotal event is Mia's return, but upon her return she doesn't remember what happened. And she thinks she is Chloe.

Eve's chapters were very depressing. She is an unhappy trophy wife of a high powered judge. He's cold and cruel and almost doesn't seem to care that Mia is missing. Gabe's chapters were interesting. I enjoyed being in his head as he worked to solve the case and track down Mia and her kidnapper.

But I have to admit that my favorite chapters were Colin's. I liked reading about Mia and discovering what happened to her, but even more than that, I felt sympathetic towards Colin. He had somewhat nobel motives in taking Mia. He's had a hard life and tried to get himself back on track many times without luck. I wanted things to end well for him. Kind of twisted, right? But I think that proves the quality of writing in this book.

The book didn't end how I expected, but I also wasn't shocked by the ending. I'd heard this book compared to The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl, so I was anticipating a twist. It just wasn't the twist I'd been speculating.

I was reminded a lot of Still Missing by Chevy Stevens while reading. And while I liked some elements of the story, it dragged a lot for me. I read it quickly because I had a deadline for book club tonight, but I didn't feel compelled to be reading it because I already knew that Mia survived the kidnapping.

My Rating: 3 Stars
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  1. The summary is really intriguing, but what you mentioned about the slow pacing sounds rather off-putting in a thriller. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kate!

    1. The other people in my book club all really enjoyed it. It was just weird pacing for a thriller. I did get through it in 3 days though, so it doesn't drag. I just wanted more suspense.