Monday, July 14, 2014

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Synopsis -

"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….

MrsNorthman's Review -
4/5 Fangs

What an incredible book!

Mia, a high school art teacher in Chicago, was last seen at a bar late one Tuesday night. When she doesn't show up to work a fellow teacher and friend gets concerned. At first her parents, her mom is a housewife and her father is a prominent judge, are in denial. In their eyes, Mia has always been a free spirit and it seems plausible that she might have just taken off for a few days. But once the police get involved, they believe it was a kidnapping.

This story was unique in that it was told from the POV of Mia's mother, the detective working the case and the kidnapper. The story flips back and forth from past to present and it really kept me guessing until the very end. Of course, what I assumed was going on was wrong. It was suspenseful, heartbreaking and so well written. I just wish that Chloe would have told Owen the truth! That's all I'm going to say....nothing more. I don't want to spoil this fantastic book for anyone.

*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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