The Good Girl by Mary Kubica – An Audiobook Review

So this is the first audiobook that I have listened to that I hadn’t read first and I must say I rather enjoyed it.

I have a pretty long commute to work at the moment so I’m going through audiobooks like crazy, I’ve listened to all of the Selection series and A Court of Thorns and Roses and Mist and Fury so I wanted a book that I hadn’t read yet to be my next listen.

I’m not quite sure how I came about finding The Good Girl, I think I was looking for something like Gone Girl (there is nothing that I have found to be anywhere close to it… if you know of one please comment below and let me know!) and I came across this book. The premise seemed likable enough and I was excited to get into another thriller.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads for The Good Girl:

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

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.

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.

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So onto the book… I really enjoyed it after getting past the initial confusion of how the chapters worked. The book goes back in forth between before, during and after the kidnapping. I know it sounds terrible but Kubica did a great job keeping me interested through the whole book.

I thought Mia was too quiet of a main character, but then again I also feel like she wasn’t the main character at all. With the book primarily being in three different viewpoints, Colin’s, Eve’s and Gabe’s it doesn’t feel like you make a total connection with her until the end of the book. I know I’m probably adding to the long list of reasons you don’t feel like you want to read the book, but trust me Kubica knows what she is doing for her debut novel.

The “relationship” that grows between Mia and Colin seems so natural to me and I’m still questioning whether Mia exhibited Stockholm’s Syndrome or not… I wasn’t expecting so much emotion from Colin towards Mia closer to the end of their stay at the cabin.

The relationships between all of the characters was really well-developed and many of their interactions I was not expecting. Eve and Gabe were two characters that I did not mind reading through and was pleasantly surprised by their interactions with each other and the other characters.

I don’t think there was a single bad thing that I could say about this book, there were a couple parts that I felt were really redundant but at the same time you are following the life of a person who was kidnapped and has a memory disorder due to the traumatic events so I kinda feel like that’s pretty justified…

Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars and would recommend it for fans of the thriller/suspense genre. It doesn’t cast a light on Gone Girl which is what I was hoping to find but I don’t mind at all.

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