“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.
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted but honestly I haven’t been reading that much lately and I’ve been busy. I finished The Good Girl a while back, though, and I really wanted to post this before I totally forgot what this book was even about. So here we go.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It was definitely different than I expected it to be, though. If you’re looking for a Gone Girl type of thriller this isn’t exactly like that. There was much more romance in this novel than I thought there would be but I actually liked it so that worked well for me.
The novel is told in alternating POVs of Collin, the kidnapper, Gabe, the detective assigned to Mia’s case, and Eve, Mia’s mom. The POVs also shift in time between “Before” and “After.” You kind of know what event occurs that makes the narrative take place in the form of before and after POVs but you don’t really find out it’s significance until the end. I thought this form of storytelling worked well but I was definitely much more interested in Collin’s point of view than the others because it was when we got to see the most of Mia and also I just found Collin to be the most interesting character. I’m a sucker for a complicated villain.
This novel definitely had a few twists and I was a little surprised by them but they were also expected. By that I mean, I didn’t freak out when the twists were revealed because I had a feeling that was how this story would play out. Still, like I said, I did really enjoy it and would still recommend it. I read it in two days because I just couldn’t put it down, which is always a good sign. Definitely give it a chance if you haven’t yet.
“I know how betrayal and disillusionment feel, when someone who could give you the world refuses even a tiny piece of it.”