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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

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Okay. I hate to do this, but I’m going to start with the synopsis provided by the publisher. It’s the best way to find out if you’re going to be into The Good Girl or not.

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. 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.

When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, 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.

That is all you need to know to know if you’re going to like this book. It’s a taut thriller – written from three perspectives – Colin, Gabe and Eve. The chapters are delineated between “before” and “after”, so a large part of the story is that Mia is found and you deal with how she is emotionally when she returns. This means the suspense is not if she lives but how she lives. It’s a fascinating portrayal. I’d recommend it for fans of Gone Girlor Girl on a Train, or Unravelling Oliver.

There are no specific trigger warnings here – clearly if you’re not a fan of abduction stories then give this one a hard pass, but other than that, there’s no real violence. Get yourself a good glass of red wine for this one and sip slowly – it’s that kind of book.

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I received a copy of this book from my local library. 

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