The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


When teacher Mia Dennett goes to a bar to meet her boyfriend and he doesn’t show, she winds up meeting an engaging stranger who she goes home with.  Having had a few drinks, leaving the bar with the easy on the eyes Colin Thatcher seems like just the thing.

Now…48 hours later Mia Dennett is officially a missing person.

Colin was initially hired to take Mia and deliver her to his employers, receive his pay off and be out of the picture…but Colin instead decided to take Mia with him and hide her in a cabin way up in Northern Minnesota around the Grand Marais area.

Detective Gabe Hoffman is on the case working with Mia’s very distraught mother Eve; but even they could not foresee the toll this would take on their lives.




I was interested when I heard this debut novel was being compared to the likes of Gone Girl, a book that blew me away.  I usually proceed with caution when I hear such high praises on a book as I have burned too many times by the tag line “The next Harry Potter!”  For the record… nothing has ever come close to Harry Potter. 

And so I ventured into The Good Girl.  The Good Girl was interesting enough.  It held my attention but did not have the shock value and adrenaline rush of Gone Girl.  I think that is the opportunity when comparing books – it sets you up for something that may or may not be there.

The Good Girl does have a lot to offer but in the end fell a little flat for me.  About half way through I had an idea of things to come and I was pretty much right.  Perhaps a bit predictable, but still a worthy read as long as you are not looking for anything power packed that will leave you going WOW!

I listened to this one on audio and the variety of narrators ( Lindy Nettleton (Narrator), Johnny Heller (Narrator), Tom Taylorson (Narrator), Andi Arndt (Narrator) ) did a really good job, seamless in fact – I could not tell when they switched to another.

I would be interested in hearing others thoughts on this one 🙂



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 10 hours and 38 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Release Date: July 29, 2014




12 thoughts on “The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

  1. I almost passed on listening to this one because, from the cover, it looked like a book about a child kidnapping. I liked it – a lot. I could kind of sense the twist at the end, but not until I was fairly well-along in the book. The way it was written, with the chapters announcing the speaker and the point in time, made it easy to follow, plus the audio production was excellent. This was a surprise hit for me.

  2. I really enjoyed it although I’m in the camp which hates comparisons to other books. Why would I want to read something the same? I didn’t guess what was going on in this book so for me the ending worked well. As a reading experience it was a bit odd with no breaks for chapters but it certainly sucked me into the narrative.

  3. I also hate comparisons and still I enjoyed this one. I had all kinds of theories of who did what etc etc and I was way off base so I enjoyed the ending. My review on the blog Monday…come check it out. 😉

  4. I haven’t read it but I’m kinda tempted. I actually didn’t LOVE Gone Girl (much preferred Sharp Objects) so it would be an interesting read methinks….

  5. I actually loved this book, but then again, I READ it. I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed listening…LOL.

    The surprise twist at the end was a wonderful way to bring events to a close, IMO.

  6. What is it with missing people? There sure are a lot of books about them. LOL.

    I haven’t read this one but I did not like Gone Girl so who knows, maybe I would end up liking this one.

    BTW, I saw your new hair cut on FB. It’s so cute!

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