{Audiobook} Review: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

August 22, 2014 Book 18 ★★★½

{Audiobook} Review: The Good Girl by Mary KubicaThe Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Published by Harlequin on 2014-08-01
Source: Audiobook Jukebox, Netgalley
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three-half-stars

"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….

Marianne’s Thoughts: 

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.

Did you like my review? If so, would you mind voting for it on Amazon? 😉

 

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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • Would you believe I still haven’t read Gone Girl yet? I think I will love it because I loved Dangerous Girls and I love thrillers, but glad to see this one is a similar one that has a shocking ending. Great review lovely! x

  • Well, since I’ve never read Gone Girl, I don’t think I’ll be comparing it to that 😉

    The three different point of views is a really interesting way to tell the story!! Seems almost like a movie in that way, with each perspective giving a different view on the victim’s story. Hmmmm!

    I don’t see how anyone could or would like Colin! The author didn’t try to make him sympathetic, did she? Because NO. There is no excuse.

  • I don’t mind slow books if it slowness and gradual pace works for the tone in the book. That being said, i’m interested now in the ending, especially since it took you by surprise!

  • Multiple POVs AND time jumping? That sounds like it could get confusing if not done correctly… I also would have preferred a faster paced story considering that this is a mystery/thriller. I don’t think this book is for me, but thanks for the review all the same. Have an excellent weekend!

    • Surprisingly it was not that disturbing. Seeing all the POVs come together was wonderful. Yes, I would have preferred a better pace as well. Have a great weekend, Carmel!!

  • Hmm, those diversive POVs sounds very…different form one another. I don’t think I would like Colin’s either. Or this book. I have trouble with those kinds of story, when a kidnapping is envolved. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Marianne! 😀

  • I’ve heard about this one being compared to Gone Girl as well. The POVs are really intriguing, it would be really interesting to read from those perspectives too, a really great storytelling choice. And now I’m especially interested about that ending 😉

  • Oh yay, I love how the ending seems so impacting and effective. It really allows the story to linger. I have this one as a review book so I’m really glad you enjoyed the book overall. Fantastic review! (:

  • I don’t usually read books like these…I mostly stick to YA, BUT I’M SO INTRIGUED RIGHT NOW. I loved Dangerous Girls and I’ve heard endlessly good things about Gone Girl (even if the similarities aren’t huge). I really like books that just send you spinning. I predict a lot of plots, but I prefer surprises. 😉 Adding this one on goodreads for sure.

    • I thought I wouldn’t like it either, but I definitely enjoy it even if it wasn’t YA. Hope you enjoy it, Cait!

  • I actually shed a tear when I got declined. 🙁 HAHAHA. But it’s out now, right? 😛 SO I AM EXCITE. I haven’t read Gone Girl but you said it has similarities with Dangerous Girls.. and you know I loved that one! I love that it’s fast paced too. Eeeep! Awesome review, Marianne! I honestly cannot wait.

    • Oh man! Hahaha now you can read it! The only similarity with Dangerous Girls is the fact that it’s a shocking ending. THANKS, PAULA! 🙂