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The Good Girl

by Mary Kubica

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
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  • Published in USA  Jul 2014
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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"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." 

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, 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. 

Colin's job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. 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...

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"Starred Review. Kubica's powerful debut...will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl. Unlike that dazzling duel, this Girl has heart-which makes it all the more devastating when the author breaks it." - Publishers Weekly

"Similar in tone to William Landay's acclaimed Defending Jacob, this excellent debut is compulsively readable and highly recommended for anyone who loves a mystery, a suspense tale, or a psychological puzzle." - Library Journal

"Kubica's debut thrill builds suspense steadily and will have readers guessing what's really going on until the final pages." - Booklist

"If the novel lacks credibility in any one area, it's that the Chicago PD, one of the busiest law enforcement agencies in the world, would have the luxury of assigning one detective to a single case for months on end, even if the abductee was the daughter of an influential member of the judiciary." - Kirkus

"A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale of a missing woman, shattered family and the lies we tell not just to each other, but especially to ourselves." - Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fear Nothing

"Psychologically rich and pulse pounding, The Good Girl had me hooked from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the final word." - Heather Gudenkauf, bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Little Mercies

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Roe P

If you enjoyed Gone Girl
This book will keep you turning pages..its the story of a kidnapping and the family and detective that are determined to bring her home...there are so many twists and turns and if you enjoyed Gone Girl, then this book is for you. The author uses a unique way of telling the story by having a different character speak in each chapter and label it "before" or "after" (the kidnapping event)....Take it home I think you will find it entertaining.

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Mary Kubica

Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. The Good Girl is her first novel.

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