Genre: Thriller, Psychological Thriller, Romance, Drama, Mystery
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Format: Audio Book
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, 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.
I’ve honestly never read a book (or listened to one, since ethos was an audio book) that was written quite like this-and at first I was confused, but I quickly came to enjoy it. First of all, it tells the book from three different perspectives, the mother, the detective, and the kidnapper. It also jumps back and forth in the time line, so it’ll say “Collin, Before” or “Eve, After” and you’ll be following the story before and after a certain event that you don’t find out until later in the book (and I won’t give it away because of spoilers).
I found this story uniquely engaging, and hearing all the different perspectives come together and watching the interactions develop between the characters was incredibly fascinating. I found myself listening to the book well into the wee hours of the night when I should have been sleeping, and thinking about the story even when I wasn’t listening. I was hooked from the beginning, and I kept telling my friends to read it because I really needed someone to discuss the psychological aspects with even before I finished it.
And then, at the end, there’s something that was actually so unexpected which is a surprise since I usually figure out books at the beginning and a book that actually surprises me is amazing. This was a wonderful book, and I’d go as far as to say it’s similar in style to a Gillian Flynn book, but way way way better.