Book #167: ♫ The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ★★
Source: National Library OverDrive Collection
Narrators: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, Andi Arndt
Edition: Blackstone Audio (2014), Unabridged MP3; 10h37
Original publication date: 2014-07-29
Product description as seen on Amazon:
“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….”
Here’s my take on it:
Comparisons are made with Gone Girl, but other than a surprise twist which you have to wait till the very end for, and some seriously unsympathetic characters, I’d say the two don’t have much in common. For one thing, Gillian Flynn’s writing had me completely enthralled from the very first words to the last. Mary Kubica? Had me mostly moaning and groaning with frustration at how pedestrian and déjà vu everything about her storytelling, her prose, her characters was. Gems like “She was shaking to the point of uncontrollable” had me gritting my teeth. Then there’s the narration device: the story is told from the point of view of three of the protagonists in the story; Eve, Mia’s mother, Colin, her abductor, and Gabe, the Chicago detective trying to solve the case. But where’s Mia in all this?
I’ve given up on perfectly good audiobooks within the first hour, and I’ve no idea what made me hold on with this one, because I felt right from the beginning that I was onto a dud, and there was nothing about it, at any moment that made me change my mind. The completely predictable Stockholm Syndrome, with Mia falling in love with her kidnapper, might please readers who are into romance and who buy into Colin being a really good guy after all, seeing as ‘he cares so much about his mom’, but I thought it was all a bunch on nonsense. Call me cynical. But then, this book was released by a Harlequin imprint, so that kind of twist had to be expected. I give it an extra star because I was sure I’d figured out the ending, and so was too lazy to figure out the alternative, and when it finally arrives it does put a more interesting twist on things, but still doesn’t make up for just how dull getting there was. I blame a really bad migraine that made me put up with this low-grade entertainment, in the same way a tv buff would sit and watch mindless sitcoms, just because that’s what happens to be on and the tv remote is out of reach so why bother? kind of thing.