Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Published by Harlequin on 2014-08-01
Source: Audiobook Jukebox, Netgalley
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"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 color of her eyes or what they look like when she's scared. But I will."
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.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems….
People have been comparing this book to Gone Girl, because they both deal with the same situation: all around perfect girl goes missing. However the similarities end there.
In The Good Girl the story is presented in 3 POV’s: Eve, the victim’s mothe, Gabe, the detective on the case, and Colin the kidnapper. These POVs were told in Before and After timelines as well, so we could get a clearer picture as to what was actually going on.
Out of all the narrators, the one I sympathized the most with was Eve. Eve was Mia’s mom and I definitely enjoyed reading her thoughts. Eve is a not a model mother, and yet she was trying so hard to find Mia. She was trying to help Mia get through this tough situation. Eve was the most broken character in this story. She was the one who felt the most helpless, the one who no matter how much she tried she couldn’t seem to get things right. The woman who narrated her part in the audiobook did a wonderful job at bringing Eve to life. When she was desperate, it was palpable, when she was trying so hard not to fall apart, you could feel it. Eve was definitely a wonderful narrator both in the book and audiobook.
Gabe was a great narrator as well. I liked seeing parts of the investigation and how all the pieces fit together. Gabe was an interesting person, because even if he was just the lead detective in the case, he could really symnpathise with the Dennett family. He had to learn how to trust his instincts and try to find Mia before it was too late. His narrator in the audiobook portrayed Gabe’s attitude well, however I didn’t really enjoy listening to his voice. It seemed like it tried too hard to sound like a typical policeman at times.
Colin was the kidnapper, and my least favorite POV. I never liked him, not even when he gave us a bit of his backstory and the reasons he did what he did. I thought he was a manipulator and an abuser and I really didnt’t like him. The audiobook narrator was good at portraying him just because his voice kind of gave off the “sociopath” vibe.
This book is not fast paced by any means. We slowly try to put together what’s going on in the story. At times I was a little bit bored, but then there was a new revelation or a new detail that resurfaced and my interest would pick up again.
Everyone’s raving about the ending, and I have to agree with them. The ending reminds me a lot of Dangerous Girls in the sense that it’ll completely take you by surprise and leave you reeling long after the book has ended.
Overall, this is a great book for mystery/thriller fans out there.
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