Monday, August 4, 2014

The Good Girl-Mary Kubica

The Good Girl
Mary Kubica
Mira, Jul 29 2014, $24.95
ISBN: 9780778316558

Angry with her boyfriend’s latest cancelation, twentyish art teacher Mia Dennett meets Colin Thatcher.  He persuades her to spend the evening with him.  Whereas the unhappy Mia assumes nothing nefarious about the pick-up, Colin was hired to bring this daughter of a prominent judge and socialite to his clients as part of a scheme to extract favors from her parents especially her father.

After getting to know Mia a little, Colin changes the plan at great risk to himself from his dangerous employers.  Instead of delivery, he takes Mia to a remote cabin in Minnesota before quietly returning her home though she seemingly suffers from amnesia.  While she was abducted, her father ignored her plight; on the other hand Mia’s hysterical mom Eve panicked over what was happening to her daughter.  Chicago Police Detective Gabe Hoffman led the search while also comforting Mia’s distraught mom.

The Good Girl is a refreshing stunning mystery that uses a unique technique of rotating lead between Colin, Eve and Gabe with each chapter starting with either “Before" or "After" the incident.  Character-driven, Mary Kubica provides readers with one of the best psychological thrillers of the year.

Harriet Klausner

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