Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Harlequin Mira, 2015 

(This was a SheReads Winter 2105 selection.)

My Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)

I read this novel over the course of one day ~ 8 hours.  So, it kept my attention.  The good girl, Mia Dennett, daughter of judge James Dennet and his wive Eve, was abducted and is now home.

When we learn Mia, a young school teacher, is missing, detective Gabe Hoffman is assigned the case.  Eve’s beauty and the demeaning way her husband treats her is not lost on him.

Chapters go back and forth from different character’s perspectives, before and after the abduction.

During her captivity in a log cabin, as winter approaches in “the deepest darkest corners of Minnesota”, Mia as well as her abductor, Colin, struggle to survive.

After Mia is home, her psychiatrist mentions that she may be experiencing  Stockholm Syndrome (Wikapedia).  (Read more: What is Stockholm syndrome – BBC News.)

The three perspectives are from Eve, Gabe and Colin.  I enjoyed Colin’s perspective the most.  What really happened?  How did it end?  I won’t give that away.

Author Mary Kubica’s debut novel flows very easily, even though, or maybe because, we skip back and forth in time and perspective.  Her story telling ability is evident.  I am looking forward to reading more about her newly released second novel, Pretty Baby.

First Chapter

Eve Before

I’m sitting at the breakfast nook sipping from a mug of cocoa when the phone rings.  I’m lost in thought, staring out the back window at the lawn that now, in the throes of an early fall, abounds with leaves.  They’re dead mostly, some still clinging lifelessly to the trees.  It’s late afternoon.  The sky is overcast, the temperatures doing a nosedive into the forties and fifties.  I’m not ready for this, I think, wondering where in the world the time has gone.  Seems like just yesterday we were welcoming spring and then, moments later, summer.

What Others Are Saying

“The writing in this book was excellent. It was the perfect mix of being evocative and just giving me enough so that I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Kubica really knows how to write a feeling and sense of place, and she did such an incredible job with this one. I felt like I was in that cabin with them, subsisting on canned chicken noodle soup and being so close to freezing to death.” – Heather In Fiction @ Book Addiction

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About The Author (from the kindle edition)

Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature.  She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.  THE GOOD GIRL is her first novel.

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  1. I’m listening to this one right now and enjoying it very much. There are 4 different narrators and I’m happy that we seem to be clued in each time the narrator changes. I can tell that there’s a lot we’re not privy to just yet – secrets – twists -etc.

    Oh, by the way, the flowers in your header photo are so, so gorgeous. Love them.


  2. Pat, I really like your colorful new header. I’m glad you enjoyed this book. It seems quite suspenseful. Wonderful review!


  3. I have been wanting to read this one. It sounds so good! And I want to know more about the characters, especially what happened. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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