The Good Girl

By Mary Kubica
Read by Lindy Nettleton , Johnny Heller , Tom Taylorson , and Andi Arndt

10.63 Hours 07/29/2014 unabridged
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“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, Colin Thatcher seems at first 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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A Voice Arts Award Nominee

A Pop Sugar Pick for 9 Audiobooks to Listen to on Your Next Long Roadtrip

A Suspense Magazine Best Book of 2014

An August 2014 Amazon Best Book of the Month in Fiction

On the August 2014 Indie Next List

A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014

A BookPage Book of the Day in August 2014

“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, Colin Thatcher seems at first 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A twisty, roller-coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale of a missing woman, shattered family, and the lies we tell not just to each other but especially to ourselves.” Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch and Go
“A cleverly constructed suspense thriller.” Chicago Tribune
“There are lots of twists and turns in this novel, but I really didn’t see the last one coming. Its comparisons to Gone Girl and The Silent Wife are deserved.” Huffington Post
"The Good Girl provides a very good mystery.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“[Kubica’s] masterful handling of plot makes The Good Girl hard to put down.” Columbus Dispatch
"The Good Girl has everything going for it. A fresh new style…the denouement will stun.” Florida Times-Union
“Told in the alternating points of view of Colin, Eve, and Gabe, this intriguing debut is riveting from the start—and the ending does not disappoint…The old adage ‘all is not what it seems’ applies here as Kubica delivers a tense psychological thriller.” RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
“Almost nothing turns out as expected, which, along with the novel’s structure and deep Midwestern roots, will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl. Unlike that dazzling duel between what prove to be a pair of sociopaths, this girl has heart—which makes it all the more devastating when the author breaks it.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Narrator Johnny Heller is featured as Detective Gabe Hoffman in this gritty thriller for listeners with nerves of steel…Tom Taylorson delivers the kidnapper’s story of love and betrayal in hard, cold tones. In contrast, Lindy Nettleton’s soft British voice conveys the mother’s horror over the abduction of her daughter. The narrators alternate chapters, describing events before and after Mia’s rescue. Mia’s character is silent until the epilogue, the final fifteen minutes of this sad story of a broken home and betrayal. This chilling mystery tugs at the heartstrings.” AudioFile
“An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller…a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.” BookBub.com, 1 of 9 Books That Are So Much More Than the Next Gone Girl
“This excellent debut is compulsively readable and highly recommended for anyone who loves a mystery, a suspense tale, or a psychological puzzle.” Library Journal
“Kubica’s debut thriller builds suspense steadily and will have readers guessing what’s really going on until the final pages.” Booklist
“A high-intensity thriller, a psychological puzzle that will keep readers on their toes.” BookPage
“Kubica’s psychological thriller centers on the abduction of a young teacher…[In] very readable prose, she makes the characters engaging and moves the story along at a good clip.” Kirkus Reviews

Reviews

Reviews

by Rebecca 9/13/2017
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Okay, but not fantastic.

The plot takes forever to develop and is not the easiest to follow given that there are multiple narrators and the time frame keeps shifting to "before" the kidnapping and "after" the kidnapping. Eventually you get the hang of it, but it's not the most graceful of plots. The story, itself, is fairly interesting with good character progression...but it's not until the very, very end that you feel like you get your money's worth...which is a little too late in my humble opinion. If you like hearing each character narrated by a different actor and you don't mind switching back and forth between different time frames, then I would recommend this novel for a generic crime thriller. Minimal suspense and no risque scenes or descriptions of gore.
by K 9/13/2017
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Decent--if predictable--plot, spotty narration

I struggled with the story and the performance on this one. To begin with, the story dances around an ending twist/reveal that is obvious from the first second, and listening to characters play language games to avoid just saying what is blatantly obvious to anyone gets irritating after the first two hours. Performance-wise, the different actors do a good job with their own characters, but the British actress struggles with voicing the American characters, and one of the American actors can't nail the British accent. None of the actors does a good job voicing characters of the opposite gender (so when the men are narrating, the women are all either gaspy or shrill; when the woman is narrating the men are all distractingly gruff). There are elements that work, but the story feels too long and the problems with the acting only feel more and more glaring as the hours roll on.
by Stephanie 9/13/2017
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A Suspenseful Nail Biter

I enjoyed every minute of The Good Girl! The story immediately grabs your attention. It's fast paced, multi-layered, and the characters have edge. Nothing is what you expect. I can see an inclination to compare this story to Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl," but the deeper into the story you get the more you can see that this is in a league of it's own. Unlike "Gone Girl," which exists entirely around the absence of empathy for both characters, this story is built upon redefining what is moral and right and the bonds that connect and can ultimately destroy us. A gripping story with a twist...I was sad when it ended!
by Ninjacorn 9 9/13/2017
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Good Girl, Greater Writer

Hail Mary Kubica! It’s simple: The Good Girl is by far the best audiobook I have listened to in the last three years. It’s like one giant psychological puzzle, and I cannot recommend a book more than this obvious future motion picture. All I could think of while listening was how its remarkable structure would make a perfect screenplay, and the movie would rival classics like Memento or The Sixth Sense. There are gripping twists and clever turns even the most experienced listeners of this genre won’t see coming. I heard once that a writer’s first work is usually their most passionate and heartfelt, even though vocabulary and character development and other stuff improves. I whole-heartedly agree, and more so now. This is Mary Kubica’s debut novel—and you feel every bit of rage, wit, and talent from the first word to the last. Her chapters are relatively brief and highly efficient, and each character’s narration adds something unique and powerful to the overall story. Kubica has an almost supernatural ability to make time and pace their own characters, so much so that I wonder why popular suspense writers like Stephen King or Dean Koontz don’t experiment more with these types of things. Maybe it’s because they can’t, maybe it’s because they are not Kubica, maybe it’s like asking a horse to be a unicorn and shoot rainbows from its butt. I imagine either King or Koontz crying as they sit in the dark listening to The Good Girl, paying homage from their knees, wondering where they went wrong. Perhaps they should just step aside for the new breed. Long after the last words are uttered, the title played with my mind, growing more and more important with time. I assume that’s rare. So hail Mary, all hail Mary Kubica! What a spectacular writer.
by Heather1 9/13/2017
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but is it stockholm syndrome

You've probably watched a police drama where a person has been abducted and the family is shown making a televised pleas for the person's safe release. Author Mary Kubica takes us inside the police cordon, inside the abductor's lair and shows us in detail what happened during the abduction of school teacher Mia Dennett.

We learn the story from the perspective of several narrators. While it is usually the police detective who provides the story, here we are invited into Colin Thatcher's confidence where he shares his reasons for his actions. It's never as clear cut as one might imagine. It was interesting to learn bits and pieces of each person's history. Much more effective for Detective Gabe Hoffman to relate a bit of his past and me to draw the conclusion of "aha, that's why he became a cop".

I was moved by the scenes with Gabe and Mrs. Thatcher. They made me cry more than once. Why would I cry for the abductor's mother. Awesome power of the story that Ms. Kubica wove.

I thought I knew who was behind it all, but I didn't get it all right, I had some of the why, but not the who. This was an excellently twisted tale. Even the details of Mia and Colin's day to day existence were interesting to read.

I listened to the unabridged audio version. 10.6 hours. The four readers did a great job that really helped set the tone of the book.

This a wonderful debut novel and it shows great promise for future works by Mary Kubica.

Author

Author Bio: Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby. She holds a BA from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in history and American literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her family and enjoys photography, gardening, and caring for the animals at a local shelter.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 10.63
Audience: Adult
Language: English