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
"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."
"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."
"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."