Published by Harlequin Mira on July 29, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Owned Audible Book
"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 propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems…
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
This book was all over BEA last year, but I failed to get a copy of it. I wanted it, I was intrigued by it’s title, by the Gone Girl comparisons, and thrillers are my favorite genre. But if I’ve learned one thing at BEA it is this: you cannot come home with all the books. It’s not possible. So, I waited for the right time to buy it on Audible, because I love listening to thrillers even more than reading them in print (mostly because there’s no convenient way to “flip” to the end to see who the killer is). Then I found myself totally in the mood for mystery, so I dived in.
To be honest, the water was a little shallow at first. There were multiple timelines and narrations, which can be a little confusing when you’re listening to a book and can’t flip to the chapter heading to see who’s talking and what time period you’re currently reading. The book got off to a slow start, at least to me, but eventually it picked up and I was loathe to turn the audio off and deal with real life things, like having to go to work or talk to my family. Book nerd problems, am I right?
I’m not sure that comparisons to Gone Girl are justified here, but I rarely think comparing one thriller to another is fair. The writing styles are different, the characters unalike other than the fact that both books contain some characters that are hard to like. But there is a twist in both books. Personally, I saw Gone Girl’s coming. I did not see The Good Girl’s twist coming at all. I don’t even feel bad about telling you there’s a twist, because it came out of nowhere. Now, I did not feel the twist was 100% reasonable, which may be why I didn’t see it coming. There’s some plot holes that I’d love to discuss with anyone that’s already read the book, but I won’t here so I don’t ruin the book for anyone.
Despite the slow start and some issues I had, I really enjoyed this book. I liked most of the characters, even the one’s that start off a little unlikeable (except the judge, that man is a snobdouche). I wouldn’t mind reading this for book club, since we did read Gone Girl, it would be interesting to see if any of the members found the books similar. I’m really looking forward to Mary Kubica’s next book (it comes out this summer), and I hope I’ve found another thriller writer to add to my auto-buy list.
It should also be noted that the storyline with Colin’s mother broke my freaking heart, but I loved it. And I loved Gabe, he’s just the sort of detective that should seriously be on every case, ever.
This book had several narrators, all quite excellent. Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, Andi Arndt all read Eve, Gabe, Colin and Mia’s roles. I loved that Nettleton and Heller kind of tried to do each other’s voice when it came to their chapters. Nettleton captured Heller’s rasp quite nicely. All the narrators were new to me. Well, I can’t be sure on Heller, but he had 16 pages of audible titles to his name, and I did not feel like looking through all of them to see if I’d listened to him before, but 4 or so pages didn’t show a hit. I would definitely listen to anyone the narrators int he future. Nettleton does a lot of the M.C. Beaton novels, Heller again has 16 pages of books on Audible, and both Taylorson and Arndt have books that I’m interested in. A great cast, all in all!