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In this tale of a kidnapping gone wrong, Mia, the black-sheep daughter of prominent Chicago judge James Dennett, impulsively decides to go home with Colin, a young man she meets in a bar. The one-night stand quickly turns into a nightmare when Colin forces her into his car in the middle of the night, and Mia learns he’s been sent to abduct her for ransom. But just before the drop-off point, Colin, for reasons unknown, decides not to hand her over to the man who has hired him and instead takes her to a remote cabin in Minnesota. Back at home, Mia’s mother, Eve, cannot understand why James doesn’t seem to take the news of his daughter’s disappearance as seriously as she does. Gabe, the detective assigned to the case, wonders the same thing. The narrative unfolds in four different perspectives—from Mia, Eve, Gabe, and Colin, in alternating chapters—which are also structured as “before” and “after.” The organization can prove puzzling, but Kubica’s debut thriller builds suspense steadily and will have readers guessing what’s really going on until the final pages. --Rebecca Vnuk

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"A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale."

-Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Kubica's powerful debut...will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Psychologically rich and pulse pounding, The Good Girl had me hooked from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the final word."

-Heather Gudenkauf, bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Little Mercies

"[Kubica's] masterful handling of plot makes The Good Girl hard to put down."

-The Columbus Dispatch

"The Good Girl has everything going for it. A fresh new style...the denouement will stun. I look forward to Kubica's next novel."
-Florida Times-Union

"A cleverly constructed suspense thriller."
-Chicago Tribune, Printer's Row

"The Good Girl provides a very good mystery."
-Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A high-intensity thriller, a psychological puzzle that will keep readers on their toes."
-BookPage

"Mary Kubica's The Good Girl will surely captivate."
-Chicago Book Review

"There are lots of twists and turns in this novel, but I really didn't see the last one coming. Its comparisons to Gone Girl and The Silent Wife are deserved."
-Huffington Post

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (July 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778316556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778316558
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,641 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Kubica is the bestselling author of THE GOOD GIRL (2014) and PRETTY BABY (2015). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. Mary lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

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228 of 237 people found the following review helpful By Tom S. on July 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Her name is Mia, a 25-year-old art teacher from a well-to-do Chicago family. She's been abducted by a man she met in a bar and held captive at a remote cabin in another state. Now she's returned--but the woman who comes back is not at all like the woman who vanished. She calls herself Chloe now, and she apparently doesn't remember much of her ordeal or of her life before it. Amnesia, the doctors call it. Her socialite mother, a concerned police detective assigned to the case, and the abductor himself take turns filling in the blanks of Mia/Chloe's story. And it's quite a story...

Mary Kubica's first novel is unusually constructed: several voices, all in the present tense, jumping back ("Before") and forth ("After") in time. This may sound complicated, but it isn't. For a first novel, THE GOOD GIRL is amazingly polished and professional. All the characters spring to life as they speak, and I really began to care about them--especially the young woman at the center of the plot.

I've already seen early reviews comparing this to GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn and STILL MISSING by Chevy Stevens, and I think it's every bit as good as both of them. If you like low-key psychological suspense stories about troubled families and the secrets they hide, you really should try this. Highly recommended.
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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Reviews Coming at YA on July 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Twenty-four year old Mia Dennett is the daughter of Chicago Judge James Dennett, a man of old money and dismissive family responsibilities, and British Eve Dennett, a homemaker and socialite. Sister to Grace, the oldest and a lawyer just like their father, Mia doesn’t buy into the family lifestyle; instead, she is an art teacher. Jason, her inconsistent boyfriend, is supposed to meet her on the night she is kidnapped but calls to say he has to work late.

From the beginning of the novel, the reader is aware that Mia has been taken by a man named Colin Thatcher and that he kept her in cabin in Minnesota. In fact, Mia has already been found only a few chapters in. What follows is a mixture of multiple perspectives, both before and after Mia is found, telling the story of how Mia, who refers to herself as Chloe, copes with her kidnapping, how Detective Gabe stops at nothing to find her, and how her mother Eve tries to solve Mia’s trauma-induced amnesia and help her remember the truth.

While many will suggest that Kubica’s novel follows in the same vein as Gone Girl, I actually found this to be much more entertaining. I could not put this book down whereas I struggled through Flynn’s multiple narrators. What works for Kubica is her uncanny ability to seamlessly weave both time and storytelling. The chapters are short, and each character’s narration adds something new and unique to the plot.

Colin’s “Before” chapters are the most interesting because it is through his eyes that you see what actually happened to Mia, which she doesn’t remember. I found myself anxiously skimming through some other chapters just to get to the Colin pages.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jim TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 10, 2014
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I was drawn to read The Good Girl because of the "if you liked Gone Girl you'll like this" endorsements and comments in reviews (and I read Gone Girl because my daughter highly recommended it). And though I don't think there's a particularly strong basis for comparison between the novels (e.g., The Good Girl is genre fiction whereas I'd say that Gone Girl crosses the line between genre and literary fiction), I enjoyed reading The Good Girl and I found it to be as much of a page turner as Gone Girl and in some ways a more satisfying read (I'm one of the many Gone Girl readers who found its ending disappointing).

I found The Good Girl entertaining and I enjoyed reading it and I think it's an impressive first novel. The story is told from multiple first-person perspectives in a non-linear time frame, and it all hangs together quite well. It's suspenseful, with twists, turns and surprises.

The copy I received for review purposes is the final published edition, and I was surprised to see several typos and grammatical errors (e.g., a reference to "fur trees"; a truck is referred to at one point first as a car, then a truck, then again as a car; a convenience store is called a "convenient store"; I spotted a few sentences where there were missing words; etc.). There were a few times when the story lost verisimilitude for me (the appearance of being real or true), and this has to do with details that I won't specify to avoid venturing into spoiler territory. And there were a few times when I felt that a certain character's first-person voice sounded more literate, articulate and educated than the character's history might suggest could be the case. These are matters that I think should've been addressed by the author's editor at Harlequin.
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96 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on July 30, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars

The thing about The Good Girl, and maybe I was under the wrong impression, is that I expected it to be a mystery. Am I crazy? (Don't answer that.) Having read it, and not disliked it, it had its mysteries, but I also wouldn't go so far as to call it a mystery. The story of Mia's disappearance is told from three different perspectives, Detective Hoffman, the cop assigned to find Mia; Eve, Mia's mother; and Colin, the guy who kidnaps Mia. Colin's perspective all takes place in what I'm going to call the present tense, that is he tracks Mia, kidnaps her, and hides her in a cabin in Minnesota, so we don't know how that ends, but we do know where Mia is and that she's alive and if not completely well, at least unharmed for the time being. However, the perspectives of Detective Hoffman and Eve are told alternating between the present, when Mia goes missing, and the future (crap, maybe I should have called that the present) where Mia is home with no memory of what happened to her after she was kidnapped.

So we know where Mia went when she was kidnapped, we know about her life as a captive, and we know that she eventually makes it home at least physically safe pretty much right at the beginning of the story. We don't know how she came to be home or the entanglements that will begin to arise between Mia's family, friends, and the people who are looking for her. I should say that all of this was handled very well. I enjoyed the writing, even though it wasn't quite a mystery I was still interested in what was happening, and I wanted to keep reading to find out how it was all going to end, I just wasn't quire sure what the end was that I was reading towards.

My second issue with the book was Mia herself.
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