The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

“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.” ― Mary Kubica, The Good Girl

The Good Girl. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Good Girl. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge and a well-connected socialite mother, Mia Dennett is a good girl. She teaches art at a high school in a very low-income area. She has an on-again, off-again boyfriend. She is mostly self-sufficient. She goes about her life working to help others. Just your basic good girl. To her father, however,  she is somewhat of a disappointment. After all, she is only a school teacher in (Heaven forbid) a very low-income area.

Mary Kubicas debut novel, The Good Girl, is told from three different points of view from the present and the past:

Mia Dennett

Alone in a bar, having been stood up (again) by her boyfriend, Mia meets a man who intrigues her. He is handsome, attentive and seems to have all the right things to say. When the conversation leads to more than just friendly chatter, Mia accepts the offer to follow him home. Captivating, handsome and there at just the right time, Collin makes his move to get Mia alone with him. While she believes the encounter will lead to a satisfying one-night-stand, Collin’s plans are much different and much more sinister.

Eve Dennett

The socialite. The wife. The mother. From planning elaborate parties to business dinners for her husband, Eve is the consummate prominent judge’s wife. A pretty face, always carefully tailored and put together, Eve is devastated when Mia goes missing. However, she has an image to uphold. Working diligently to find her daughter, Eve puts all of her hope and faith into Gabe Hoffman’s abilities to do his job well and finds herself relying on him more and more each day.

Gabe Hoffman

Surly detective assigned to the case of the missing Mia Dennett. Detective Hoffman does not fit in with the social standing of the Dennetts, however, he is extremely aware of how politically important solving this case will be for his own career. He also knows that Judge Dennett is known for his cut-throat attitude and how important it is that the case is solved quickly and with as little detriment to the judge’s career as possible.

Mary Kubica. The Good Girl. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Mary Kubica. The Good Girl. A Propensity to Discuss review.

After all, the judge’s career is so much more important than anything else that may come along.  “What did you want?” she asks. What I wanted was a dad. Someone to take care of my mother and me, so I didn’t have to do it myself.”  ― Mary Kubica, The Good Girl. This novel is told from the present, when Mia has been located, but flashes back to Mia’s life while she was being held prisoner by Collin Thatcher as well as the story of Mia’s childhood. 

In the realm of psychological thrillers, this book ranks at the top of the heap. The ending will have you questioning everything you thought you had figured out. Trust me, there is no way you will see the ending! It is amazing!

As for the audio version, of The Good Girl, it is performed by Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and Andi Arndt. And it is performed amazingly well! I would absolutely listen to this book again.




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