Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Good Girl

Book: The Good Girl
Author: Mary Kubica

One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. At first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, 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. -Goodreads

Review: Mia Dennett is a high school art teacher and the estranged daughter of a powerful judge in Chicago. When her boyfriend cancels on her, she meets a stranger at a bar and goes home with him. Instead of a one night stand, she finds herself kidnapped and trapped in a remote cabin in the woods with her abductor. Told in alternating narratives and timelines, we follow various characters right after Mia disappears and a few months later, when she is found but asking to be called Chloe with a seemingly new personality. What happened to Mia? 

A book about a kidnapped woman living in the woods with her kidnapper, her grieving mother and the detective working on the case should have been fast paced and exciting. Unfortunately, this fell completely flat. I'm willing to suspend disbelief to some extent but a kidnapper who decides not to hand her over to the people who hired him...for no real reason at the time, was just preposterous. Reading about two people trying to live in a freezing cabin for a few months wasn't thrilling to say the least. Mia's mother was a weak character and while her father was written as more of a villain, I wish he was....more evil than he turned out to be? If that makes sense. Mia's sister had potential to add some color and she was mostly forgotten. The detective didn't come across as particularly intelligent at any time. I did enjoy the final chapter although I think the motivation wasn't quite strong enough. 

Grade: 2/5

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