Monday, March 2, 2015

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Published July 29, 2014 by Harlequin MIRA

The Good Girl is part of the SheReads Winter book choices.  SheReads is a community of bloggers that work together to promote book on their blogs and social media sites.  
Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, 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.

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. 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 Thoughts…

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.

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