This book was sent to Traveling With T for consideration of a fair and honest review.
The Good Girl
Meet Mia Dennett- the black sheep of the Dennett family. Mia dances to the beat of her own drum. She’s an art teacher at an inner city school- refusing the life of a lawyer that her daddy wishes for her. One night, after being stood up by a boyfriend, Mia stays at the bar- and meets a man. A man who has a plan for Mia. A plan to kidnap her and take her to someone else- and what will happen there, he can only guess and imagine. The man is named Colin and the plan is perfect. Till Colin decides to change the plan. For reasons of his own, he decides to risk his own life and not deliver Mia to the person he was supposed to.
Eve Dennett, Mia’s mother, gets a phone call from Mia’s friend wondering where Mia is. At first Eve and Mia’s father think that their daughter, the free-spirited Mia, has just went away for a while- she’ll return when she feels like it. But, as days go by, Even begins to think that Mia did not leave on her own.
THE GOOD GIRL is told in a before and after format- with us, the reader, knowing some of the after things about Mia relatively early; while having the events of the kidnapping revealed bit by bit. As each piece is revealed- the reader may think that they have the mystery figured out. Watch out for the author, Mary Kubica- she’s got a few tricks up her sleeve.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Mary Kubica, what can I say? Wowza.
First, the comparisons that are being made to GONE GIRL- well, I’m not saying they are wrong- but they aren’t quite right, either. It’s a thriller/mystery like GONE GIRL, but THE GOOD GIRL has it’s own brand of storytelling and twists/turns that will keep you reading!
At first, the layout of the story was a bit off-putting to me (I had to make sure I read the heading- so I knew if I was in the Before/After section and whose voice was talking). Once I got in a groove- not a huge deal. But a bit different!
The plot: A free-spirited daughter of a wealthy judge gets kidnapped- in other hands this could scream “ripped from the headlines”. However, in Mary’s hands- it was far from that. Mary took a kidnapping, a case of Stockholm syndrome, family drama, a mother’s regret and so much more and leaves you with a story that is highly entertaining.
The characters: The characters were fleshed out very well. Colin could have just been a bad guy, but in Mary’s hands- his layers of good and bad were revealed- to make a character that on one hand you didn’t like; but also couldn’t fully count out!
All in all- THE GOOD GIRL was a book that I completely enjoyed- and then enjoyed even more as I read the last pages. Promising debut and deserving of the buzz.
*THE GOOD GIRL was sent to Traveling With T for consideration of review. The above thoughts and opinions are mine alone.
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T