Book Review: The Good Girl – Mary Kubica

good girl - mary kubicaTitle: The Good Girl
Author: Mary Kubica
ISBN: 9780778316558
Pages: 352
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Mira
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 out of 5


Mia Dennett lives a life estranged from her parents, a free-spirited teacher who values her independence. So when she goes missing, it takes her parents some time to realize something is wrong. Some time later, Mia is found, traumatized by her ordeal and suffering from short-term amnesia. She can’t remember any of the details of her kidnapping, but in order to heal, those around her know that she must regain her memories. But what they don’t realize is that Mia’s kidnapping didn’t happen the way they think it did, and that these revelations will shatter Mia in ways no one will expect.

Snapshot Review:

A surprising and tightly plotted psychological thriller, The Good Girl features a sympathetic main character who undergoes a horrible ordeal—only nothing is quite what it seems.

Full Review:

The Good Girl is a suspenseful psychological thriller told in two time frames: the past, dictating the events of Mia’s kidnapping and its aftermath, and the present, in which Mia, her mother, and the detective assigned to the case are trying to puzzle out what really happened, as well as help Mia deal with her issues and return to some semblance of normality. Kubica balances between these two expertly, using the play between the two time periods to heighten the tension of the story and make the reader wonder what is going to happen.

Readers may think the main question behind The Good Girl is why Mia was kidnapped, but as the story gets going, it becomes clear that there is so much more going on. There is a lot of strangeness surrounding Mia in the present, and it’s not just because she’s traumatized and suffering from some sort of PTSD. It’s clear something big happened to her while she was away, but what exactly was that? Kubica does a great job with her questions and answers, making this a gripping, suspenseful novel.

If you’ve hit a reading slump and need a book that will suck you in entirely, then The Good Girl is the book you should pick up. It’s well-written and engaging; you’ll want to read this book in one sitting, racing through the pages to discover the truth behind Mia’s secrets. Kubica keeps things going at an exciting pace, and readers will have strong feelings about the many twists and turns that make this novel a satisfying read.

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