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The Good Girl’s Back-of-Book Description
“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.”
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 can’t remember where I heard about The Good Girl, or if I just randomly found it in the book store. I do know that it sat on my bookshelf for a pretty long time before I finally decided to read it.
But once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down! I was instantly hooked. The writing was great, the author built intrigue right away, and the chapters were the perfect length – just enough information and build-up that I was always wanting more.
I believe it’s classified as a psychological thriller, which was a welcome change from the other style of books I’ve been reading the last few months, and I loved every second of it. So much so, that I stayed up until two o’clock in the morning two nights in a row to finish it!
The author uses POV (point of view) changes – which I love – in order to give the reader new information and to keep them questioning what they think is going to happen next.
Most of the characters seemed genuine and well-developed, but there were a few that I think could have been given more thought (the sister and the father).
There was also a little bit of romance, but not too much and definitely not cheesy. I liked that it developed naturally and in a believable way. There wasn’t any feeling of having to force it or come up with some stupid ‘we can’t be together’ plot line (you guys know I hate that!).
If I’m not mistaken this is Kubica’s debut novel but she’s had at least one more come out since The Good Girl. I’m always so fascinated by writers who are able to produce such quality books in their first attempt! I definitely plan on reading more of her stuff.
Favorite Quotes From The Good Girl
The writing was pretty succinct and definitely not flowery, which is fine! But it doesn’t make for a whole lot of stand-out quotes. Either that, or I was just so sucked into the story line that I didn’t notice many.
“I know the feel of dismissive eyes, eyes that look without really seeing a thing. I know the sound of contempt in a voice. I know how betrayal and disillusionment feel, when someone who could give you the world refuses even a tiny piece of it.”
“In the daytime, it doesn’t quite make as much sense as it did during the night.”
“She says that in Chicago she used to wish on airplanes because there were far more of those floating around in the night sky than stars.”
If I haven’t been clear up until this point, let me reiterate – I loved The Good Girl! It gets 4 out of 5 stars – the only drawback being that a couple of the relationship scenarios seemed a little over the top and I was able to predict the ending.
But honestly, for a thriller / family drama type book, this was incredible. I recommend it to basically all lovers of fiction – drama, intrigue, suspense, mystery, tiny bits of romance – it has it all!
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