“The Good Girl”, by Mary Kubica

Overall Rating: 5/5

Read it, or save your time?  There’s a reason this was a New York Times Bestseller.  It is everything a thriller should be, and is very different than Gone Girl, so ignore other reviews that compare the two.

What’s it about?  Mia Gannet comes from a wealthy and powerful family; her dad is a prominent judge, and her mother was a trophy wife who worked hard to maintain the family image.  Now in her 20’s, Mia is the black sheep of the family; she is outspoken, adventurous, and teaches art to high school dropouts.

One night Mia goes to a bar to meet her sort-of boyfriend, who never shows up.  Instead, she meets Colin, a charismatic, good-looking guy who seems perfect for a one-night stand.  Yeah, not so much…  Turns out he was paid to kidnap her and take her to his ’employer’.  However, for reasons unknown until the end, Colin changes his mind and takes her to a remote cabin deep in the woods of Minnesota.  This is where things really get interesting.

The story is told from three perspectives: Colin’s, Mia’s mother’s, and the detective assigned to the case.  It also flips back and forth from the past to the present, but it is seamlessly done and serves to make the story more engrossing.  There are lots of surprises and twists and turns, and just when you think you have it figured out, you realize nothing is at it seems.

Reviewer’s Note: There is a lot more to the story, but I don’t want to give anything away.  Just read it.  And stay away from other reviews if possible!

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