Published by MIRA on February 24th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Thrillers, Suspense
"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."
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.
An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.
Why did I do this to myself? Sometimes I wonder if I may secretly be a masochist. I chose this book because it had so many good reviews [albeit some bad ones as well]. I’ve learnt that having a lot of good reviews isn’t always an indication that the book is awesome. However, more negative reviews than positive reviews are still a no-no for me.
This book has been compared by many as another “Gone Girl” and although I loathe that book I still decided to give this one a chance because I feel like many times books that are compared aren’t really much alike. For example, I hate that Divergent and The Hunger Games are compared. They are both dystopian and have a female lead but I feel like they are very different. But that’s a topic for another time.
Let me start with saying the book wasn’t all bad. However, I totally get the comparison with Gone Girl. View Spoiler »The female protagonists both mysteriously disaster, and are both responsible for their disappearance to some extent. Therefore both bat-shit crazy. « Hide Spoiler
It kept me interested enough to wait to find out how the story ended even if it wasn’t satisfying. With Gone Girl I wanted to stop reading the book so badly but kept hoping for the 4 star to show up.
My biggest issue was that the story was so predictable. View Spoiler »Even when you find out that she has a secret, you immediately figure it out so the whole epilogue wasn’t even a shocker. « Hide Spoiler Aside from the predictable nature of this book, I also had a huge issue with the author’s description of black characters. It was like she wanted you to feel like the so-called-villain-white-boy of the story was such an outsider for being the poor white boy who lived in a town of mainly poor black people. Am I suppose to feel especially sorry for a person who is poor because the other poor people are a different race from him? I think not. That aside the big bad wolf of the story was described as an African immigrant with black “rubbery” skin.
I think what makes this stick with you more is that most of these bad descriptions of black people were piled up in the epilogue. Being that it’s literally the last thing you read it tends to stick out. It was stated twice in the epilogue alone, that the point of view character was the only white person in the room. The significance of it is actually irrelevant to everything else in the chapter.
I actually thought that the author could have done a bigger twist at the end. It was cliché and boring the way it ended. I could think of at least 2 more shocker ways to end the story.
The Good Girl was an ok read. I’m not saying don’t read it. But if you’re looking for a deep mystery then this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a quick summer read then go ahead.