Friday 8 August 2014

Review: the Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Publisher: MIRA (Harlequin)
Release date: 01 August 2014

Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: "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 colour of her eyes or what they look like when they're scared. But I will." Mia Dennett can't resist a one-night stand with the enigmatic stranger she meets in a bar. But going home with him might turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life... An addictively suspensful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how, even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems...

The Good Girl is an impressive debut novel. In fact you wouldn't guess it was this particular authors debut. I look forward to reading more from her and sincerely hope this isn't a one off!

I loved the Good Girl, right up until its final pages, which were a little bit of a slap in the face. It reminded me a little of the shocking twist in Gone Girl (those who have read it will know exactly what I mean). 

I'm still trying to work out if I've misinterpreted the ending or not. I might have to have another read just to check!

The Good Girl is the perfect novel for those of us who love the crime/thriller/mystery genres. It's a gripping read, told from four sides, that of missing Mia Dennett, that of her Mother Eve Dennett, that of Gabe, the Detective assigned to Mia's case, and that of kidnapper Colin Thatcher.

The Good Girl is kind of unique in that we learn about Mia's kidnapping fairly on in the novel, and we know who did it but it still manages to be gripping. What we don't know is exactly why Colin Thatcher did what he did. We know he is being instructed by someone else, but we don't really learn much about this, or if even they are being instructed by someone else.

Mia's family aside from her mother, don't seem particularly bothered that Mia has is missing, do they have something to do with her disappearance?

It is all very mysterious and gripping literally until the last few chapters when the author drops her bombshell.

It's a bombshell I'm still not sure about, but at least it has me thinking about it and talking about the book to others, which I suppose is a win in the eyes of the author!

The Good Girl is available to buy now from Amazon online and all good book shops.

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Thank you to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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  2. I loved this book, one of my favourites of the year but I could see why other's may not find it an easy read. I've only seen one review where the reader guessed the bombshell. I've been chatting with friends about this book and most seem intrigued.