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Monday, January 19, 2015

THE GOOD GIRL By Mary Kubica

Publisher:  Harlequin MIRA
Release Date:  7/29/2014
Pages:  352
Genre:  Mystery

Book Description:  "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….

Wanda's Thoughts: 
Mia, the daughter of a very prominent family, is abducted and faces a terrifying nightmare. A very interesting premise, but it never really touched me, having very little suspense.

The story is told from multiple points of view, before and after, but never pulled me in until the last half of the book. I never felt an attachment or much empathy for the characters – they felt shallow, and I found the storyline to be just lukewarm, moving a bit too slowly.

The book is a good psychological mystery, with an ending that I did not anticipate, but I must also add that I found the ending to be disappointing. The book description sounded enticing, but unfortunately it never delivered. My rating is 3.5 stars.

About the Author:  Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. THE GOOD GIRL is her first novel.