Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


"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.  

My take: 4 looks

The story is all about Mia and Eve, Colin and Gabe. Mia is on the verge of her 25th birthday and, unlike her sister Grace, has eschewed the powers and comforts that come with being in the family of a powerful and influential judge. Eve is a British expat who has left behind her culture, her family, and her backbone in order to become the perfect wife to a judge.

On the other hand, Colin is a likable criminal, doing what he feels he needs to do to survive, including kidnapping Mia to hand over to a very bad guy. Gabe is the detective making it his life's mission to find Colin and put him behind bars, returning Mia to what seems to be an idyllic life.

Written in first-person narrative, both before and after the "event", the reader is privy to the internal thoughts, struggles, and backgrounds of each of these characters, culminating in a climax, which is then surpassed by a twist guaranteed to set your mind spinning.

Highly recommended.

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