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The Good Girl | [Mary Kubica]

The Good Girl

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©2014 Mary Kubica (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Roger newport, RI, United States 09-11-14
    Roger newport, RI, United States 09-11-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant performances, moving story"

    The reading performances of the three major characters were outstanding. Nettleton as Eve, was perfect, with the flattened English accent of someone who has lived in the US for 20+ years. I loved the mix of Englishisms and Americanisms that we (yes, I am one) accumulate. Also, her gradual, but subtle, decline was compelling and the attraction to the cop-as-savior was moving.

    I didn't want to listen to the Thatcher character, the brute, but, of course, that was the point. The motivation of the character only slowly emerges because his is a story that is revealed over time, and the author had the courage to let it evolve at the right pace.

    I loved the gruff cop. I admit it took a while to get through the hoarseness, but, gradually, the character and reader won me over.

    The story only gets 4 stars because there are two conclusions (I hesitate to say "endings"). The first is the inevitable outcome that the author leads you towards through both the structure and the content of the story. Presumably, this was all intended to set up the epilog, which I won't give away here. While cleverly done, I thought it was not particularly well motivated within the story.

    This is a book about the gradual change in people under the stress of a terrible situation. (This is not an adventure story!) Motives emerge and characters change subtly revealing their true nature. In some way, each character becomes the opposite of what you thought they were.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Toni A Hudson 10-31-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Leaves you thinking"
    What did you love best about The Good Girl?

    The Narrators. The detective's voice through me off a bit.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I liked Eve


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The extreme reaction I had or should I say I'm still having is one of "Oh wow". It really isn't until the end of the book that you realize the story you just read and the depths of what happened. I just finished it today on my way into work and I'm still thinking about it and everything that happened. It's funny how you read a story and it's not until the last line that you get it, you just totally get it.


    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Katie United States 12-07-14
    Katie United States 12-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Narration, Not So Great Story"
    Any additional comments?

    Sad day.. My first audiobook that I regret using one of my treasured credits for! This book has mistakenly been compared to Gone Girl. Which, yes, we have a missing person situation with a couple of twists at the end. But those are the only things that make the book even remotely similar. I was expecting the same mood and deep sense of suspense as Gone Girl. Unfortunately, this book just was not as sophisticated. I guessed at the very beginning who was behind the kidnapping and hoped that I would be pleasantly surprised with an intriguing twist... Didn't happen! Anyways, there's my rant for the day!

    On a positive note I thought the narrators were fabulous until they had to do an impression of the other characters which was strangely awkward.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Keri 09-23-14
    Keri 09-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Nice surprise.. you won't be disappointed!"
    Would you listen to The Good Girl again? Why?

    I would listen to The Good Girl again just to make sure that I didn't miss anything. There were a lot of different twists and turns leading up to the very end.


    What other book might you compare The Good Girl to and why?

    I would compare The Good Girl to Gone Girl for the many plot twists but also to Harlen Coben books. It was very well written. Great from beginning to end.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I love a book that has different narrator's for different characters. Each narrator seemed to really grasp their character's personality.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I don't want to spoil anything but the relationship between mother and daughter was moving and the ending was the best part.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope everyone will give this book a shot. It is a well written suspense that will keep you engrossed until the last word. I can't wait for the author to write her next novel!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-28-15
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Kept me guessing"

    Ok, I will admit it, I am usually not good at guessing the endings of mysteries. However,I thought for once I had figured it out! I was close but not close enough! It was a good surprise! I enjoyed this book, it kept my interest, it was decently written and the narration was excellent. I enjoy different readers and that kept this one interesting for me.It definately will not bore you!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 01-17-15
    Lisa 01-17-15
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    "I thought I knew how it would end!!! Fooled me!"
    Any additional comments?

    If you like Gone Girl you will like this one. The ending isn't what I thought it would be AT ALL

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine R Couch 01-05-15
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    "Great listen."

    Loved the twist but would have liked a little bit more depth to the preplanning. All of a sudden the story ended.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Mom of one Michigan 08-26-14
    Mom of one Michigan 08-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Started slow"
    Was The Good Girl worth the listening time?

    It took me a long time to get into the book, about half way through I was immersed into it. However, it was not enough to make me feel like it was worth my time.


    29 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    VanDelay Boston, MA 08-02-14
    VanDelay Boston, MA 08-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Cheap Trick"

    This book has been compared to Gone Girl, and in the way that it is told (moving fluidly around a timeline from different character's perspectives) as well as the inclusion of seriously narcissistic characters, it is akin. And in the same way as Gone Girl, this book ended leaving me annoyed.

    In Gone Girl, I was annoyed at the lack of redeeming characters; in The Good Girl, it's more the author that I'm miffed at. And it's not because all doesn't end happily ever after--I like an unexpected twist, an incompletely resolved ending, a modern tragedy, what have you--but this was not that.

    What we find out in the end could have been a perfectly good ending, however, the author wrote the book in such a way that that very last piece is not truly congruent with the rest of the book. There is little foreshadowing and its abruptness leaves the reader feeling like the author decided at the last minute to change the ending into something more controversial.

    Three paragraphs of complaining aside, the book as a whole was a compelling read. I did want to learn how the characters got to the end (which was easy to predict, minus the very last character perspective) and there was a decent amount of suspense building up to it. The author used a writing technique that could have been confusing, but her writing is clear and she develops most of the characters quite well (two characters are fairly flat).

    The performance, like Gone Girl, was excellent and I really enjoyed the multiple narrators; it enhanced the book's enjoyment.

    58 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 12-06-14
    RueRue 12-06-14

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    "Not very good"

    Poor narration (too deliberate and mannered ) and a rather far-fetched plot. I really didn't like this one. ( "Still Missing" by Chevy Stevens is a similar story but was much more compelling. Maybe if I hadn't read it first, "Good Girl" might have been more suspenseful).

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Sue Bayliss
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    "Very Enjoyable Listen"

    I very much enjoyed this book. The story was good it had some good twists and turns. It moved at a good pace. The book swaps between four characters (well three for the most part). It follows the story of a girl who has been kidnapped. The main characters are the kidnapper, the police man looking for the her and the mother. I can't say too much as I don't want to spoil the story, but it is interesting.

    The narration was excellent. I liked the four person narration. I found all the voices enjoyable to listen to.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • JackieJoyce
    5/13/15
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    "Fantastic read"

    Twists and turns right to the last page. What a great read. It kept me gripped right to the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. HAWKINS
    Devon UK
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    "Great story and easy to listen to."

    Not going to win any literary prizes, but an absorbing story, well read, with a nice twist. A page turner

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sara
    4/21/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Kept me hooked until the end and I really ended up caring about what happened to tye main charactors. Colin Thatcher Aka Owen was a brilliant creation and the twist at the end surprised me. All the narrators did a fantastic job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Perth, United Kingdom
    3/29/15
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    "Enjoyable tale"
    Where does The Good Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty good book, well above average


    What did you like best about this story?

    Felt story dragged a bit in middle and could have been an hour shorter


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    The mother


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A twist in the tale


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liane
    3/12/15
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    "Wow! Great story"


    Absolutely loved this book, it was really well written and I felt like I knew all the characters really well. The Audible version had great narration and I would recommend this to anyone who likes psychological thrillers - not a scary book, but I was totally emmersed in it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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