The Good Girl [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

"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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/15/2014
Mia, the daughter of a prominent judge, has vanished. Her mother and a detective, working together, do everything possible to find her. When she is eventually recovered, Mia remembers little of what happened to her. She calls herself Chloe instead of Mia. Is she suffering amnesia as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder? So, what did happen? Three main characters narrate their versions of the story, from before and after. One narrator, the kidnapper who was hired to seize Mia as part of an extortion plot, justifies his actions in hiding Mia as protecting her. Kubica's carefully constructed, character-driven plot propels the reader through a kidnapping, a recovery, and some difficult family dynamics. VERDICT Similar in tone to William Landay's acclaimed Defending Jacob, this excellent debut is compulsively readable and highly recommended for anyone who loves a mystery, a suspense tale, or a psychological puzzle. This could also be recommended for those who enjoy suspense, but don't care for graphic depictions of violence or sexual intimacy: these elements are mentioned, but not detailed. [Previewed in Kristi Chadwick's Mystery Spotlight feature, "Pushing Boundaries," LJ 4/15/14.—Ed.]—Elizabeth Masterson, Mecklenburg Cty. Jail Lib., Charlotte, NC
Publishers Weekly
★ 05/12/2014
At the outset of Kubica's powerful debut, free-spirited 24-year-old Mia Dennett, an art teacher at an alternative high school and a member of a well-heeled, well-connected Chicago family, goes missing. As puzzling as Mia's presumed kidnapping initially appears, things turn infinitely stranger after her eventual return, seemingly with no memory of what happened to her or, indeed, of her identity as Mia. Key characters share the narrative in chapters labeled either "Before" or "After," allowing the reader to join shattered mother Eve and sympathetic Det. Gabe Hoffman on their treacherous journey to solve the mystery and truly save Mia. Almost nothing turns out as expected, which, along with the novel's structure and deep Midwestern roots, will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl. Unlike that dazzling duel between what prove to be a pair of sociopaths, this Girl has heart—which makes it all the more devastating when the author breaks it. Agent: Rachael Dillon Fried, Greenburger Associates. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale."

-Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Kubica's powerful debut...will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Psychologically rich and pulse pounding, The Good Girl had me hooked from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the final word."

-Heather Gudenkauf, bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Little Mercies

"[Kubica's] masterful handling of plot makes The Good Girl hard to put down."

-The Columbus Dispatch

"The Good Girl has everything going for it. A fresh new style...the denouement will stun. I look forward to Kubica's next novel."
-Florida Times-Union

"A cleverly constructed suspense thriller."
-Chicago Tribune, Printer's Row

"The Good Girl provides a very good mystery."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A high-intensity thriller, a psychological puzzle that will keep readers on their toes."
-BookPage

"Mary Kubica's The Good Girl will surely captivate."
-Chicago Book Review

"There are lots of twists and turns in this novel, but I really didn't see the last one coming. Its comparisons to Gone Girl and The Silent Wife are deserved."
-Huffington Post

Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-05
Kubica’s psychological thriller centers on the abduction of a young teacher.Mia Dennett comes from massive wealth, and that made her a juicy target. Chicago Police Detective Gabe Hoffman is assigned to lead the official search and finds himself increasingly attracted to Mia’s mother, a beautiful British woman in her early 60s. The story alternates between the past and present and is told through the voices of three of the participants: Mia’s mother, Eve; her abductor, Colin; and Gabe, the detective. Mia, who was freed after months of living in the Minnesota woods with her captor, has a type of amnesia that, her psychiatrist says, allows her to block out parts of what happened to her. Gabe is still trying to track down the truth about her captivity, while Eve is working to regain the daughter she believes is underneath Mia’s apparent apathy and confusion. Meanwhile, readers follow along with the abduction itself in Colin’s words and discover an odd but burgeoning bond developing between captor and captive in the harsh and unforgiving climate. Although Kubica has chosen to recount her tale in the present tense, which adds an odd stiffness to her otherwise very readable prose, she makes the characters engaging and moves the story along at a good clip. If the novel lacks credibility in any one area, it’s that the Chicago PD, one of the busiest law enforcement agencies in the world, would have the luxury of assigning one detective to a single case for months on end, even if the abductee was the daughter of an influential member of the judiciary.The proliferation of older characters like Eve will be a pleasant and unexpected find for the many readers who understand that life over 55 can still be interesting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781460330197
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 7/29/2014
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 828
  • File size: 454 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. THE GOOD GIRL is her first novel.

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EVE

BEFORE

I'm sitting at the breakfast nook sipping from a mug of cocoa when the phone rings. I'm lost in thought, staring out the back window at the lawn that now, in the throes of an early fall, abounds with leaves. They're dead mostly, some still clinging lifelessly to the trees. It's late afternoon. The sky is overcast, the temperatures doing a nosedive into the forties and fifties. I'm not ready for this, I think, wondering where in the world the time has gone. Seems like just yesterday we were welcoming spring and then, moments later, summer.

The phone startles me and I'm certain it's a telemarketer, so I don't initially bother to rise from my perch. I relish the last few hours of silence I have before James comes thundering through the front doors and intrudes upon my world, and the last thing I want to do is waste precious minutes on some telemarketer's sales pitch that I'm certain to refuse.

The irritating noise of the phone stops and then starts again. I answer it for no other reason than to make it stop.

"Hello?" I ask in a vexed tone, standing now in the center of the kitchen, one hip pressed against the island.

"Mrs. Dennett?" the woman asks. I consider for a moment telling her that she's got the wrong number, or ending her pitch right there with a simple not interested. "This is she."

"Mrs. Dennett, this is Ayanna Jackson." I've heard the name before. I've never met her, but she's been a constant in Mia's life for over a year now. How many times have I heard Mia say her name: Ayanna and I did this…Ayanna and I did that…. She is explaining how she knows Mia, how the two of them teach together at the alternative high school in the city. "I hope I'm not interrupting anything," she says.

I catch my breath. "Oh, no, Ayanna, I just walked in the door," I lie.

Mia will be twenty-five in just a month: October 31st. She was born on Halloween and so I assume Ayanna has called about this. She wants to plan a party—a surprise party?—for my daughter.

"Mrs. Dennett, Mia didn't show up for work today," she says.

This isn't what I expect to hear. It takes a moment to regroup. "Well, she must be sick," I respond. My first thought is to cover for my daughter; she must have a viable explanation why she didn't go to work or call in her absence. My daughter is a free spirit, yes, but also reliable.

"You haven't heard from her?"

"No," I say, but this isn't unusual. We go days, sometimes weeks, without speaking. Since the invention of email, our best form of communication has become passing along trivial forwards.

"I tried calling her at home but there's no answer."

"Did you leave a message?"

"Several."

"And she hasn't called back?"

"No."

I'm listening only halfheartedly to the woman on the other end of the line. I stare out the window, watching the neighbors' children shake a flimsy tree so that the remaining leaves fall down upon them. The children are my clock; when they appear in the backyard I know that it's late afternoon, school is through. When they disappear inside again it's time to start dinner.

"Her cell phone?"

"It goes straight to voice mail."

"Did you—"

"I left a message."

"You're certain she didn't call in today?"

"Administration never heard from her."

I'm worried that Mia will get in trouble. I'm worried that she will be fired. The fact that she might already be in trouble has yet to cross my mind.

"I hope this hasn't caused too much of a problem."

Ayanna explains that Mia's first-period students didn't inform anyone of the teacher's absence and it wasn't until second period that word finally leaked out: Ms. Dennett wasn't here today and there wasn't a sub. The principal went down to keep order until a substitute could be called in; he found gang graffiti scribbled across the walls with Mia's overpriced art supplies, the ones she bought herself when the administration said no.

"Mrs. Dennett, don't you think it's odd?" she asks. "This isn't like Mia."

"Oh, Ayanna, I'm certain she has a good excuse."

"Such as?" she asks.

"I'll call the hospitals. There's a number in her area—"

"I've done that."

"Then her friends," I say, but I don't know any of Mia's friends. I've heard names in passing, such as Ayanna and Lauren and I know there's a Zimbabwean on a student visa who's about to be sent back and Mia thinks it's completely unfair. But I don't know them, and last names or contact information are hard to find.

"I've done that."

"She'll show up, Ayanna. This is all just a misunderstanding. There could be a million reasons for this."

"Mrs. Dennett," Ayanna says and it's then that it hits me: something is wrong. It hits me in the stomach and the first thought I have is myself seven or eight months pregnant with Mia and her stalwart limbs kicking and punching so hard that tiny feet and hands emerge in shapes through my skin. I pull out a barstool and sit at the kitchen island and think to myself that before I know it, Mia will be twenty-five and I haven't so much as thought of a gift. I haven't proposed a party or suggested that all of us, James and Grace and Mia and me, make reservations for an elegant dinner in the city.

"What do you suggest we do, then?" I ask.

There's a sigh on the other end of the line. "I was hoping you'd tell me Mia was with you," she says.

GABE

BEFORE

It's dark by the time I pull up to the house. Light pours from the windows of the English Tudor home and onto the tree-lined street. I can see a collection of people hovering inside, waiting for me. There's the judge, pacing, and Mrs. Dennett perched on the edge of an upholstered seat, sipping from a glass of something that appears to be alcoholic. There are uniformed officers and another woman, a brunette, who peers out the front window as I come to a sluggish halt in the street, delaying my grand entrance.

The Dennetts are like any other family along Chicago's North Shore, a string of suburbs that lines Lake Michigan to the north of the city. They're filthy rich. It's no wonder that I'm procrastinating in the front seat of my car when I should be making my way up to the massive home with the clout I've been led to believe I carry.

I think of the sergeant's words before assigning the case to me: Don't fuck this one up.

I eye the stately home from the safety and warmth of my dilapidated car. From the outside it's not as colossal as I envision the interior to be. It has all the old-world charm an English Tudor has to offer: half-timbering and narrow windows and a steep sloping roof. It reminds me of a medieval castle.

Though I've been strictly warned to keep it under wraps, I'm supposed to feel privileged that the sergeant assigned this highprofile case to me. And yet, for some reason, I don't.

I make my way up to the front door, cutting across the lawn to the sidewalk that leads me up two steps, and knock. It's cold. I thrust my hands into my pockets to keep them warm while I wait. I feel ridiculously underdressed in my street clothes—khaki pants and a polo shirt that I've hidden beneath a leather jacket—when I'm greeted by one of the most influential justices of the peace in the county.

"Judge Dennett," I say, allowing myself inside. I conduct myself with more authority than I feel I have, displaying traces of self-confidence that I must keep stored somewhere safe for moments like this. Judge Dennett is a considerable man in size and power. Screw this one up and I'll be out of a job, best-case scenario. Mrs. Dennett rises from the chair. I tell her in my most refined voice, "Please, sit," and the other woman, Grace Dennett, I assume, from my preliminary research—a younger woman, likely in her twenties or early thirties—meets Judge Dennett and me in the place where the foyer ends and the living room begins.

"Detective Gabe Hoffman," I say, without the pleasantries an introduction might expect. I don't smile; I don't offer to shake hands. The girl says that she is in fact Grace, whom I know from my earlier legwork to be a senior associate at the law firm of Dalton & Meyers. But it takes nothing more than intuition to know from the get-go that I don't like her; there's an air of superiority that surrounds her, a looking down on my blue-collar clothing and a cynicism in her voice that gives me the willies.

Mrs. Dennett speaks, her voice still carrying a strong British accent, though I know, from my previous fact-finding expedition, that she's been in the United States since she was eighteen. She seems panicked. That's my first inclination. Her voice is high-pitched, her fingers fidgeting with anything that comes within reach. "My daughter is missing, Detective," she sputters. "Her friends haven't seen her. Haven't spoken to her. I've been calling her cell phone, leaving messages." She chokes on her words, trying desperately not to cry. "I went to her apartment to see if she was there," she says, then admits, "I drove all the way there and the landlord wouldn't let me in."

Mrs. Dennett is a breathtaking woman. I can't help but stare at the way her long blond hair falls clumsily over the conspicuous hint of cleavage that pokes through her blouse, where she's left the top button undone. I've seen pictures before of Mrs. Dennett, standing beside her husband on the courthouse steps. But the photos do nothing compared to seeing Eve Dennett in the flesh.

"When is the last time you spoke to her?" I ask. "Last week," the judge says.

"Not last week, James," Eve says. She pauses, aware of the annoyed look on her husband's face because of the interruption, before continuing. "The week before. Maybe even the one before that. That's the way our relationship is with Mia—we go for weeks sometimes without speaking."

"So this isn't unusual then?" I ask. "To not hear from her for a while?"

"No," Mrs. Dennett concedes.

"And what about you, Grace?"

"We spoke last week. Just a quick call. Wednesday, I believe. Maybe Thursday. Yes, it was Thursday because she called as I was walking into the courthouse for a hearing on a motion to suppress." She throws that in, just so I know she's an attorney, as if the pin-striped blazer and leather briefcase beside her feet didn't already give that away.

"Anything out of the ordinary?"

"Just Mia being Mia."

"And that means?"

"Gabe," the judge interrupts.

"Detective Hoffman," I assert authoritatively. If I have to call him Judge he can certainly call me Detective.

"Mia is very independent. She moves to the beat of her own drum, so to speak."

"So hypothetically your daughter has been gone since Thursday?"

"A friend spoke to her yesterday, saw her at work."

"What time?"

"I don't know… 3:00 p.m."

I glance at my watch. "So, she's been missing for twenty-seven hours?"

"Is it true that she's not considered missing until she's been gone for forty-eight hours?" Mrs. Dennett asks.

"Of course not, Eve," her husband replies in a degrading tone.

"No, ma'am," I say. I try to be extracordial. I don't like the way her husband demeans her. "In fact, the first forty-eight hours are often the most critical in missing-persons cases."

The judge jumps in. "My daughter is not a missing person. She's misplaced. She's doing something rash and negligent, something irresponsible. But she's not missing."

"Your Honor, who was the last one to see your daughter then, before she was—" I'm a smart-ass and so I have to say it "—misplaced?"

It's Mrs. Dennett who responds. "A woman named Ayanna Jackson. She and Mia are co-workers."

"Do you have a contact number?"

"On a sheet of paper. In the kitchen." I nod toward one of the officers, who heads into the kitchen to get it. "Is this something Mia has done before?"

"No, absolutely not."

But the body language ofJudge and Grace Dennett says otherwise.

"That's not true, Mom," Grace chides. I watch her expectantly. Lawyers just love to hear themselves speak. "On five or six different occasions Mia disappeared from the house. Spent the night doing God knows what with God knows whom."

Yes, I think to myself, Grace Dennett is a bitch. Grace has dark hair like her dad's. She's got her mother's height and her father's shape. Not a good mix. Some people might call it an hourglass figure; I probably would, too, if I liked her. But instead, I call it plump.

"That's completely different. She was in high school. She was a little naive and mischievous, but."

"Eve, don't read more into this than there is," Judge Dennett says.

"Does Mia drink?" I ask.

"Not much," Mrs. Dennett says.

"How do you know what Mia does, Eve? You two rarely speak."

She puts her hand to her face to blot a runny nose and for a moment I am so taken aback by the size of the rock on her finger that I don't hear James Dennett rambling on about how his wife had put in the call to Eddie—mind you, I'm struck here by the fact that not only is the judge on a first-name basis with my boss, but he's also on a nickname basis—before he got home. Judge Dennett seems convinced that his daughter is out for a good time, and that there's no need for any official involvement.

"You don't think this is a case for the police?" I ask.

"Absolutely not. This is an issue for the family to handle."

"How is Mia's work ethic?"

"Excuse me?" the judge retorts as wrinkles form across his forehead and he rubs them away with an aggravated hand.

"Her work ethic. Does she have a good employment history? Has she ever skipped work before? Does she call in often, claim she's sick when she's not?"

"I don't know. She has a job. She gets paid. She supports herself. I don't ask questions."

"Mrs. Dennett?"

"She loves her job. She just loves it. Teaching is what she always wanted to do."

Mia is an art teacher. High school. I jot this down in my notes as a reminder.

The judge wants to know if I think that's important. "Might be," I respond.

"And why's that?"

"Your Honor, I'm just trying to understand your daughter. Understand who she is. That's all."

Mrs. Dennett is now on the verge of tears. Her blue eyes begin to swell and redden as she pathetically attempts to suppress the tiny drips. "You think something has happened to Mia?"

I'm thinking to myself: isn't that why you called me here? You think something has happened to Mia, but instead I say, "I think we act now and thank God later when this all turns out to be a big misunderstanding. I'm certain she's fine, I am, but I'd hate to overlook this whole thing without at least looking into it." I'd kick myself if—if-—it turned out everything wasn't fine.

"How long has Mia been living on her own?" I ask.

"It'll be seven years in thirty days," Mrs. Dennett states pointblank.

I'm taken aback. "You keep count? Down to the day?"

"It was her eighteenth birthday. She couldn't wait to get out of here."

"I won't pry," I say, but the truth is, I don't have to. I can't wait to get out of here, too. "Where does she live now?"

The judge responds. "An apartment in the city. Close to Clark and Addison."

I'm an avid Chicago Cubs fan and so this is thrilling for me. Just mention the words Clark or Addison and my ears perk up like a hungry puppy. "Wrigleyville. That's a nice neighborhood. Safe."

"I'll get you the address," Mrs. Dennett offers.

"I would like to check it out, if you don't mind. See if any windows are broken, signs of forced entry."

Mrs. Dennett's voice quavers as she asks, "You think someone broke into Mia's apartment?"

I try to be reassuring. "I just want to check. Mrs. Dennett, does the building have a doorman?"

"No."

"A security system? Cameras?"

"How are we supposed to know that?" the judge growls. "Don't you visit?" I ask before I can stop myself. I wait for an answer, but it doesn't come.
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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica piqued my interest inst

    "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica piqued my interest instantly when I read the synopsis
    about it. Amazingly, this is Ms. Kubica's first book. She has written a uniquely intricate
    and dark psychological thriller that keeps the reader flipping pages well into the night.

    The book begins when we meet Eve Dennett. She's married to a prominent Chicago
    Judge but her unhappiness is immediately evident.  Her stifled life is made all the worse
    when it comes to her attention through her daughter's friends that Mia is missing. No one
    has seen Eve's daughter in at least twenty four hours. Eve's obstreperous husband
    Judge James Dennett, a very wealthy and powerful man, seems to think his daughter
    Mia is just playing them for a fool and has gone on some adventure from which she will
    return shortly. This does not prevent the Judge from calling in favors to get Detective
    Gabe Hoffman put on the case immediately. The fact that Mia is a responsible art teacher
    in a downtown school means nothing to her aggressive and disparaging father who looks
    down on both his wife and daughter with contempt. This is our first glimpse into a severely
    broken family and as  Detective Hoffman investigates, we continue to learn more about
    how terrible it can be when you're trapped, whether you're kidnapped or just unhappily
    married.

     The author uses an original method to tell her story. Mary Kubica moves us back and
    forth through time, using Mia's kidnapping as the apex of the time shift. We see the entire
    situation through all the eyes involved, including the kidnapper, Colin Thatcher. Kubica
    has written an exquisite novel that I'd certainly give more than five stars if I could. She
    forces her audience to ache for the mother's loss. The reader is pulled into this literary
    mystery right from page one. This mysterious book is a slow burn, keeping the angst at
    the perfect level for the reader. It keeps you reading, page after page, as you hunger for
    answers that only the author can provide. 

    I predict this book will be the break-out book of 2014 just like "Gone Girl" (by Gillian
    Flynn) was in 2012. Put this book on your short list to read this year, you won't regret it.
    Published by Harlequin MIRA on July 29, 2014.

    16 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    A Killer Debut Novel!

    Thank you to Harlequin MIRA and NetGalley for providing an ARC, in exchange for an honest review.

    A Killer Debut Novel! Mary Kubica’s THE GOOD GIRL will keep you entranced from the first page to the last—where nothing is, as it appears. A world of four desperate, and complex characters, with more in common than they may think.

    THE GOOD GIRL takes readers from the vibrant city of Chicago, to a remote rustic cabin in the forest during the cold winter of Minnesota—where two people learn to trust one another.

    An intense and thought-provoking novel, ideal for book clubs and discussions. Readers will find themselves sympathizing with the two main characters, as their deepest feelings, struggles, and their dark pasts are uncovered— making for an intense page-turner mystery, you cannot put down.

    In a desperate attempt for retribution, the stage is set for a flawless plan of attack—kidnapping; choices are made which will forever change the lives of those involved. When fate steps in—nothing will ever be the same. Readers will be drawn into this world of intense emotion—from the alluring front cover to the funky font, carrying out the theme of this chilling and engaging tale.

    Told from different POV’s (Eve, Gabe, Colin) –flashing back and forth, between before and after the kidnapping; building the suspense, keeping you on the edge of your seat, with a dramatic climatic surprise ending, when we hear from Mia- what an exciting ride!

    Meet the Dennett’s, a family living in an elegant English Tudor home, along Chicago’s North Shore, a suburb near Lake Michigan, north of the city. They are filthy rich— as in most wealthy homes, not everything is as it seems on the exterior.

    With a mix of complex human dynamics, and a riveting suspense thriller, fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, Liane Moriarty, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, Amy Hatvany, Ann Leary, Carla Buckley, T. Greenwood, Heather Gudenkauf, Gillian Flynn, Chevy Stevens, Julie Corbin, Lisa Gardner, Lisa Jackson, and Tess Gerritsen— will appreciate Kubica’s unique writing style, as she eloquently pulls back the tough layers piece by piece, looking deep into the soul, mind, and hearts of each of her well-developed characters. (Found myself bookmarking so many pages, as too good!).

    How does each person’s past shape them into the person they are today? How does each of the character’s lives change from the beginning of the book to then end?

    This dynamic novel is much more than a suspense thriller, a powerful novel—keeping readers thinking, long after the book ends and the lengths a person will go, in desperation, to protect their family.

    THE GOOD GIRL, hands down, a winner over Gone Girl. Highly recommend—looking forward to many more novels from this talented author (a sequel, perhaps)?

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    WOW

    Looked at this book for 3 wks before buying. Best purchase ever. What a fantastic debut, looking forward to more from this talented author.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Thumbd up

    It was fun reading mulitple perpectives, I love first person so that just made it better. Unfortunatley I don't feel like there was much personality and detail. Don't get me wrong, there is detail but I personally enjoy detail per detail. That's the fun of of first perspective.. putting yourself there and feeling it all.
    Overall I enjoyed the book. I got antsy when they would switch charactrrs but that's what kept me on my toes.

    Also, what a crazy twist! Holy cow!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Great book!!

    I really enjoyed this book, couldn't put it down!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    I thought this book was excellent!!!

    I thought this book was excellent!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    After about the first 40 pages, I almost thought I'd have to put

    After about the first 40 pages, I almost thought I'd have to put this book down. I had trouble keeping up with the characters, but I jotted down notes as to who they were, which helped. It was hard to put down. The ending, I agree has a WOW factor. I had to re-read the last chapter to fully understand just how WOW it was!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Stop with the cussing already!

    Enough with the cussing already.
    Didn't get the ending

    4 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2014

    Excellent Psychological Thriller! The cover and book title are

    Excellent Psychological Thriller! The cover and book title are genius!! Wow, I was thrown for one huge loop, when I reached the end of the book! Mia is a socialite, who doesn’t follow the norms within her family. Her father, a prominent attorney, turned judge, is very much into appearances and will stop at nothing to make sure the family name stays untainted. Mia’s mom is the perfect wife, albeit on the outside, as she does her best to keep up appearances, too. Mia has a sister, who follows the family rules and becomes an attorney herself. Mia, on the other hand, struggles as a teenager and soon cuts herself off from the family, as she pursues art and becomes a teacher for the inner-city kids.

    The story is told through flashbacks and present time, with the book addressing many issues: family secrets, why Mia is kidnapped, the relationship between Mia and her captor, Mia’s relationships with her family, the relationship between Mia’s parents, the justice system, and so much more. It’s a book that held my attention the whole time. Mia tries to escape her captor, but overtime, experiences the Stockholm Syndrome. What happens to Mia? What happens to the family and their public image? Who wanted Mia kidnapped? Those are just a few of the questions that will addressed in the book. It’s a book that will certainly engage the reader and offer some huge surprises along the way!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2014

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    **** GoodReads Giveaway Winner *** The publishers of this book

    **** GoodReads Giveaway Winner ***

    The publishers of this book will tell you that The Good Girl is the next Gone Girl. It is not, don’t even bother.

    There are no fantastic plot twists because you pretty much know from the beginning what is going to happen. The clues are not so much cleverly placed as leadenly bombard the reader. This is not an intelligent read but an attack on the reader’s intelligence. The author relies on lazy literary and cultural stereotypes. In fact, this book was filled with subtle and overt racism.

    The author lets us know that only missing beautiful blonds are important enough for an investigator to devote his time too. If the population of an “ethnic” area is nearly half white then its “safe to walk around at night.” If an area is “largely African American” then it a “hellhole.” She even characterizes her white criminal as misunderstood with a wounded heart underneath. The African American is a crazy predator, like an animal. (No she didn’t call him a monkey she likens him to a killer whale. All black and shiny with scary white teeth!)

    WFT. Its 2014 are there no minorities working at Harlequin or even an educated socially aware white person???? Or was the idea that this poor imitation of Gone Girl could garner some of the monetary success enough to turn a blinds eye? Disgusting.

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    My rating is not for book

    Do people understand what a book "review" means? It does NOT mean book "REPORT"!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2015

    I have come to love a good suspense story.    The Good Girl is j

    I have come to love a good suspense story.    The Good Girl is just that.   Although there is not a mystery as to who has kidnapped Mia (aka Chloe) or exactly why she was kidnapped, it kept my attention by sharing how the other characters in the book are affected by her kidnapping.    The story is told from multiple points of view, which can be confusing but Mary Kubica did an amazing job keeping each character in their own chapters and making it easy to follow.




    Eve, the mother, was the toughest for me to read.   Her family life, including her other daughter Grace and her husband the Judge, did nothing to support her.  As a matter of fact they tore her down at every turn.   They told her to get over it, to move on, and to stop dwelling.     I hated them, especially her husband.   I love that she never gave up hope.  That she had her own folder of clues and did research on those clues.    She also was the saving grace when Mia did finally come home (I am not giving away the story by sharing this).   She had the compassion and the understanding to not brush Mia’s feelings aside and to let her come to terms with where her life is heading in her own time, although the waiting and not questioning had to be the toughest thing a mother has ever done.  




    This is a debut book.  I still cannot believe that.   This is a book that I could not put down.  I could not stop thinking about.  I cannot wait to tell my book club about it and share the story with them.   This is an amazing story.   I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Could not put the book down.  Looking forward to more book from

    Could not put the book down.  Looking forward to more book from this author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2015

    Better read it or you will be sorry

    Get ready to hunkervdown and enjoy great characters and plot,

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  • Posted May 16, 2015

    I Also Recommend:

    Excellent!! omg the twists and turns of this book! Buy this book

    Excellent!! omg the twists and turns of this book! Buy this book u won't be sorry

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  • Posted May 16, 2015

    Highly Recommended

    The story was written in "Before" and "After", rather than before, during and after, which in this case was truly the best way to reveal the characters. I love mysteries and like to be surprised, and the final pages of this story fills the bill. A good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2015

    Loved it!

    Enjoyed all of it. Kept my interest and hated to put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2015

    Nothing special

    Some parts were good, but basically I found it pretty slow going. Wish I could say some better things about it, but I just can't find much to rave about?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2015

    I couldn't put it down!

    I read it in 2 days. If I didn't have to work, I would have read it straight through. Can't wait for the new book from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2015

    Great read

    The book begins slow and for the longest time I couldn't decided if I liked it. In my head I kept rating it a 2-3.... until I started to read the final chapters, that's when things started to get interesting!

    I love the different POVs and the past/present sequence, but I can see how this can be confusing for some readers. If you're planning on making this your next read, pay close attention to the chapter titles.

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