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The Good Girl: An addictively suspenseful and gripping thriller Paperback – February 24, 2015
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The Good Girl is the polar opposite. I really liked the characters. Or most of them. I felt their struggles were real. Their interactions were real. The bad guys were developed enough to identify and dislike them, but the story is not about the bad guys. It's about surviving. Surviving trauma the began before and ended well after a kidnapping.
p.s. the ending is thoroughly satisfying
I usually don't review books but SKIP THIS BOOK!
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.
The book also switched back and forth between Before (the period while Mia was in the hands of Colin The Kidnapper), and After, so while we know that obviously Mia is rescued before it's too late, we don't find out how she was saved until the end.
Definitely held my attention and was an intense read, and there were a couple of unexpected plot twists. Didn't quite have enough closure on some of the threads for my taste, and I felt a couple of the twists were predictable, but it was still an enjoyable read and well-written.
1. This book might have been called "Poor Me" since everyone in it complains about they how bad they had it. Poor little rich girl who was neglected by her big mean daddy, poor submissive housewife with a husband who ignores her, poor little kidnapper who had a bad childhood. Come on.
2. Absolutely no character development. At all. The "bad" characters are bad, the "good" characters are good, and the protagonist has as much personality as a kitchen sponge.
3. Its obvious that the author has never taken even an introductory psychology class.
4. Hi, Mary Kubica? PUT DOWN YOUR THESAURUS.
5. Honestly, the way this story pans out makes me sick to my stomach in so many ways. Its misguided, its irresponsible, and frankly, its disturbing.
It's super redundant. She explains something happening and then immediately has someone say what she just said.
"The girl starts asking what I'm doing. Over and over again. 'What are you doing?' she cries."
"She asks once why I'm doing this, her voice shaking as she speaks. 'Why are you doing this to me?' she asks."
Like really? Is that necessary. The amount this is done drove me up the wall.