The Good Girl

The Good Girl

Book - 2014
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The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and his socialite wife, inner-city art teacher Mia Dennett is taken hostage by her one-night stand, Colin Thatcher, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe from harm.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Mira, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780778316558
0778316556
Characteristics: 350 pages ;,24 cm

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reader10000
Jul 06, 2017

Similarities to Gone Girl are exaggerated. Gillian Flynn had the ability to create unlikable characters, yet compel the reader to continue reading. The characters in Good Girl were largely cliches, especially Mia's family. I kick myself for not knowing until near the end that Harlequin was the publisher. Had I known that I doubt I would have read the book.

Despite the comments of others, I didn't think the end was that surprising, but then again, this wasn't really a mystery story. If looking for a mystery - as I was - pass on this book

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cassmazza
May 29, 2017

Hands down the best book I have ever read. I love the different perspectives and how the book was written. I had so many emotions while reading this. Totally shocking plot twists and endings. I seriously COULD NOT put this book down.... It's crazy how much I loved this book! And it's even crazier how I hadn't heard of this book beforehand - It should be a lot more popular.

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PaulaSuzanneLee
Apr 16, 2017

Written similar to Gone Girl. A little slow in the middle, but great ending!

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aavishkakumar
Feb 22, 2017

I started off by reading Don't you Cry and it was so good that i thought i must try her other books. This was hauntingly addictive. It was filled with intense moments and suspense but was interesting how their lives all interlocked and overlapped. I really like her style of writing. Fabuolous story.

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darladoodles
Feb 07, 2017

I did like the way the story was told. Kubica sets up two timelines: Before and After (Mia's return). Instead of seeing and account from the kidnapped girl, we follow her mother Eve, the detective Greg and the kidnapper Colin. This plot device ratchets up the suspense as you watch the events before preparing to collide with the climax while also knowing what is happening after. I find books with multiple POV and layered time lines to be intriguing and it worked for me. Each chapter was clearly marked with the character and Before or After.

This novel is an excellent study on Stockholm Syndrome. Comparable to 'Gone Girl' in the dysfunctional family relationships that are shown and the plot twists. Like 'I Let You Go' this is a bit kinder and gentler in the details. More is left to the imagination rather than spelled out explicitly.

PimaLib_KarinaR Oct 21, 2016

I really enjoyed this book! The ending completely took me by surprise!

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vv8
Mar 01, 2016

I liked the multiple narrators, though the characters seemed flat to me. As the reader, I also liked how it felt like I was getting closer to the crux of the story by approaching from both "before" and "after" perspectives. The ending made me mad and felt contrived, but alas, that's how a lot of thrillers being compared to Gone Girl are lately.

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Wong_Anne
Nov 11, 2015

When chapters are told by a different character, it is often possible to get a more rounded picture of the story. This book also adds a 'before' and 'after' the kidnapping to each character's voice. Through these people we learn about the kidnapping and about Colin, the kidnapper; Mia's relationship to her sister, mother, father, and Colin; Mia's mother's marriage; Mia's father's expectations; and Gabe, the investigating detective's logic, methods, and personality. This book is more than a thriller, it is also a study of personalities, opportunity, and expectations.

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blackburn427
Oct 07, 2015

This book had a promising premise but the story had little spark. It could have been written in 50 pages. I didn't care much for any of the characters and the plot was slow and unimaginative. I'd recommend passing on this one...

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marysward
Sep 29, 2015

Hyped as being like the girl on the train. Nowhere near as good. As disappointing as Gone Girl and also has unlikable characters.

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