Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Kubica's break out novel offers the page turning suspense of Mary Higgins Clark coupled with the shocking conclusion reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's signature twist endings.

Told from alternating perspectives of her mother Eve, detective Gabe, and her abductor Colin, this psychological novel centers around Mia Dennett, a daughter of a prominent and wealthy Chicago judge, who goes home with a guy she meets at the bar. While at his house, Colin's mood shifts and he forces her into his vehicle at gunpoint.

Colin is just the middle man who is supposed to drop Mia off to the guy who is paying him for this gig, Dalmar. He doesn't know what Dalmar has planned, but knows it won't be good, and at the last minute decides to drive north to a remote cabin in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

The reader knows from the beginning that Mia makes it home alive, but how she gets there is the big mystery. The way the story converges from chapters that alternate between " the before" and from "the after" is like two trains on a collision course, and the multiple plot threads keep you glued to the page. I don't want to spoil too much, but let me say this Plainfield author is one to watch.

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