The Good Girl

The Good Girl

by Christy Barritt

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Tara Lancaster can sing "Amazing Grace" in three harmonies, two languages, and interpret it for the hearing impaired. She can list the Bible canon backward, forward, and alphabetized. And the only time she ever missed church was at seventeen because she had pneumonia—and her mom made her stay home.

But when her life shatters around her and her reputation is left in ruins, Tara decides escape is the only option. She flees halfway across the country to dog-sit, but the quiet anonymity she needs isn't waiting in her sister's house. Instead she finds a knife with a threatening message, a fame-hungry friend, a too-hunky neighbor, and evidence of...a ghost?

Following all the rules has gotten her nowhere. And nothing she learned in Sunday School can tell her where to go from there.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016213668
Publisher: WhiteFire Publishing
Publication date: 03/16/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 147
Sales rank: 212,545
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Christy Barritt is an author, freelance writer and speaker who lives in Virginia. She's married to her Prince Charming, a man who thinks she's hilarious but only when she's not trying to be. Christy's a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who's known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado. She's only won one contest in her life and her prize was kissing a pig (okay, okay... actually she did win the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery for her book Suspicious Minds also). Her current claim to fame is showing off her mother, who looks just like former First Lady Barbara Bush.

When she's not working or spending time with her family, she enjoys singing, playing the guitar, and exploring small, unsuspecting towns where people have no idea how accident prone she is.

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The Good Girl 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
What can I say when I really, really, really love a book? The Good Girl by Christy Barritt is a hoot, it’s a mystery, it’s a romance. The Good Girl is written in first-person all from the point of view of main character, Tara Lancaster. She’s moved to St. Paul, Minnesota to house-sit for her sister, Lana. Not an easy time for Tara, just getting over the mess in her own life, hoping no one will ever know about her past. She’s struggling with her faith, and wonders if living like a good girl isn’t all it’s trumped up to be. Getting to know her sister’s neighbor isn’t easy either. The man appears to be married and has a little boy, and Tara finds Ben Cooper very attractive. Way too attractive. But the other thing that gets on Tara’s frayed nerves is the fact that her sister’s house is haunted. Lana had failed to mention that. The following quote from The Good Girl says it all for me. “Unrest sloshed in my chest as I walked toward my front door. Why was that man watching me? Why did it bother me that a woman was at Cooper’s, especially since I’d just vowed to stay away from him? And was I really living here alone, or was a dead woman still lingering between these four walls? It was enough to give any girl a headache.” Fantastic book. Different, funny, mysterious, a quick read because you don’t want to put it down.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Who can take a murder mystery and make it fun? Christy Barritt, that's who. The Good Girl was such a great read. Full of characters that are both quirky yet real, this story captured my attention and kept me guessing right until the very end, when the author finally revealed the killer. Tara Lancaster is a young woman who is trying to escape the public eye. We learn early on, while reading the story, that Tara's world has collapsed around her and that she, who was once known as "The Good Girl" has fallen from grace in some big, public way. I enjoyed that the author was able to build up the suspense about what was behind Tara's problems. I will definitely not ruin the surprise here in my review. I will just say that Tara's problems were big and very real. Tara flees from her home in Florida and agrees to house sit for her sister in St. Paul, Minnesota. She escapes from her problems back home and jumps right into new ones! Primarily the fact that the house she is staying in appears to be haunted! Haunted, you ask? Well, that is one theory. Tara, having felt that she has disappointed God, is asking many questions about whether He truly exists or not. When the strange things start happening around her, she does actually start wondering if it is possible that there is a ghost. Strength and wisdom, as well as some guidance back toward the Lord, comes in the form of a hunky neighbor. Ben Cooper lives next door with his son. He comes to Tara's aid on more than one occasion. As Tara grows interested in Cooper, she worries that her past will make it impossible to ever have a future together. I also enjoyed Tara's new friend, Candy. She brought a lot of comic relief to the story. An altogether fun read that I would recommend to fans of Christian fiction, suspense and even romance. This book has all three. (5 stars)
Sue1 More than 1 year ago
She did all the right things, said all the right words, obeyed all the rules. She was a good girl. How could bad possibly intrude? But it did... Tara Lancaster seeks to escape her shattered life and reputation by crossing the country to dog-sit for her sister. As if life hadn't been bad enough before, she now finds herself living in a possibly haunted house, piecing together clues from a two-year-old murder, striking up a friendship with a zany fame-seeker, and falling for a too-good-to-be-true neighbor. Somehow she has to come to grips with her past, piece together a future, and make peace with the present. Christy Barritt has created a delightful mix of characters filled with quirks and qualities that make them genuine and plausible. The Good Girl will have you laughing or crying or sitting on the edge of your seat but always eager to read just one more page. Kudos, Christy; keep 'em coming!
Anonymous 10 days ago
This book is for those of us that try so hard to be the good girl and get knocked down by life. We need to be reminded that grace is a gift that isn't earned.
JewelsLVIUTAH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Tara was like me in a lot of ways I was known as the smart goody two shoe church girl all through High School. It didn't really bother me and I was proud of it! I helped me relate to her character though. Christy Barritt is awesome with edge of your seat mysteries and although I have read all of her newer books this one was just as great as the others! She has a real talent for writing and for a great thriller l! As always her books rock and she stays in the top 3 of my favorite Authors!
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Murder, ghosts, & the guy next door... Every single Christy Barritt book I pick up is my now my favorite. Yep, it happens every time. So The Good Girl was no exception. I mean, what isn't attention-getting about a book titled The Good Girl? As a good girl myself, I LOVED this book! It seems like no matter how much you try to do the right thing and follow all the rules, life seriously throws you a curveball. And that's what happens to Tara in this story, she has the perfect life all set up and then poof it's gone. Toss in a guy next door, a zany friend with blue hair, a possible murder, AND a ghost, and you get one wild ride of a read. Christy Barritt has just the right blend of humor and suspense with a dash of romance tossed into the mix. I really couldn't help it, I picked up The Good Girl and nearly read it straight through to the end. I just HAD to know what would happen next, and Christy Barritt had plenty of surprises in store. I really enjoyed myself as I tried to figure out who did what and why, sometimes I was right and sometimes not. The Good Girl is a great mystery and an all-around great story. Christy Barritt really knows how to keep her readers engaged and entertained. You won't wanna miss Christy Barritt's trademark quirky characters and delightful spine-tingling suspense in The Good Girl. (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
DoreenFM More than 1 year ago
I won "The Good Girl" in a contest that Christy Barritt was having and she mailed it to me. I read it while on summer vacation. I loved the quirky characters and the "less than perfect" main character, as well as the mystery. Sometimes we all struggle with our self esteem or what someone thinks of us, so it was great to read about Tara's struggles and how she overcame them. A good cozy mystery, with some inspiration and encouragement thrown in.
edofchesapeake More than 1 year ago
Although I have not yet read this particular work of Christy's, I can attest to the fact that she is a gifted writer and a truly sweet person. My wife and I met Christy several years back when she spoke to our writer's group and I have enjoyed her "Squeaky Clean" series tremendously. Imagine my surprise to learn she is best friends with my neighbor across the street. I don't think you can go wrong with Christy's books - humorous, slightly off-beat, and safe enough to loan to your 12 year-old granddaughter (which I have). You will not regret reading her books.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I don't typically care for first person point-of-view novels, but something about The Good Girl by Christy Barritt just kept me engaged and wanting to read more. This book had a great story line, but what sticks out most is the spiritual theme Ms. Barritt was able to weave into it. Christianity is not about rules and regulations, or dos and don'ts. It's about having a relationship with a loving God, and sharing that love with your neighbor. ***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
PennyFM More than 1 year ago
The Good Girl by Christy Barritt Tara Lancaster grew up in the shadow of her preacher father. Determined to please him, she burdened herself with following all the “Christian” rules. She even started a blog that taught other young women how to be the good girl. Then, her life changed. Accused of a heinous crime, she flees her current life and hides out at her sister’s. That’s where the haunting begins. Except Tara doesn’t believe in ghosts. She’s not sure she believes in anything. With her new found friends, including a handsome neighbor, Tara is bound to find out who’s behind the scary happenings or die trying.  This question remains— In the midst of the suspense, will she learn to lean on God’s love and grace?  If you enjoy reading Mary Higgins Clark, you’ll love this fast-paced suspense. I confess, I lost a few hours of sleep because I couldn’t put it down. 
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Every time I think Christy Barritt has written the best book ever I have to change my mind with the release of the newest book.  This book is my favorite of all her books I have read.  I think I related to this book, as a pk myself, and always being called a goody-goody.  I could relate to those feelings that Tara felt as she tried to find the real Tara, not the one everyone expected her to be.  A great story! OH and I was fooled I was sure I knew who was behind all the trouble in the book, and I was wrong.  LOVED that!  I like a book that keeps me guessing till the last pages.  Christy Barritt is a talented author, who writes a great mystery!  I am not positive I have the correct adjectives to use to describe how much I enjoy her books, so I will fall back on my normal adjectives.  LOVED it, great book, awesome story, believable characters that I easily related to.  Most definitely a five star review!  This book was     provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You don't have to believe in the paranormal to like the plot and quirky characters; in fact it helps if you don't if you want to solve the crime before  Tara Lancaster, the protagonist, does. The damaging effects of false accusations is clearly portrayed and anyone who has been on the receiving end can empathize and heal right along with Tara. Loved the sidekick with the "toilet blue hair"!  
Mystery-Reader-and-Lover More than 1 year ago
Cute story with a deep message. Had me laughing, sympathizing, jumping at creaks in my house, and falling in love. If you want a clean mystery with a message that will draw you closer to God, check out this book.