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Friday, May 30, 2014

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

4.0 out of 5 stars -- Creepy and suspenseful thriller told in alternating points of view and flipping back and forth in time.

Mia Dennett, daughter of a prominent local judge, meets the man at a bar and agrees to go home with him when her boyfriend stands her up. Little does she know that Colin Thatcher has been watching and following her for days as he has been hired to kidnap her. In the course of the evening, everything changes for the pair as Colin decides not to deliver Mia for the ransom and takes her to a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota. Though Mia knows him as Owen, it's clear that he is holding her prisoner in this frigid and isolated place. Inside the cabin, though, something is happening between the would-be kidnapper and Mia.

Meanwhile, her mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman are trying to find the missing Mia by tracking down the few clues they have. As days go by with no word, Eve fears the worst. They get a tip and Mia is returned to the family home but she doesn't remember anything of her ordeal, and seems emotionally fragile and physically exhausted. What happened to her? What is the extent of the damage done by this abduction and how has she suffered the isolation and trauma of being held prisoner by this man. Who is Colin Thatcher?

The story is not straight forward and the jumps between points of view and time period alternate and are a bit disorienting until the reader figures out who is speaking and if this is a "before" a "during" or an "after" time.

It kept me glued to the pages and, though the ending was abrupt and didn't seem to offer a conclusion, I enjoyed it very much.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the e-book ARC to review.

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