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The Good Girl

By: Mary Kubica
Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton,Johnny Heller,Tom Taylorson,Andi Arndt
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Summary

"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, Colin Thatcher seems at first 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 compulsive debut that reveals how, even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.

©2014 Mary Kubica (P)2014 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Very Enjoyable Listen

I very much enjoyed this book. The story was good it had some good twists and turns. It moved at a good pace. The book swaps between four characters (well three for the most part). It follows the story of a girl who has been kidnapped. The main characters are the kidnapper, the police man looking for the her and the mother. I can't say too much as I don't want to spoil the story, but it is interesting.

The narration was excellent. I liked the four person narration. I found all the voices enjoyable to listen to.

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What disappointed you about The Good Girl?

Unconvincing love story and implausible plot. The love story was described as encompassing but I didn't feel it. If they were so close why didn't Mia confide in Colin. I felt no compassion for the characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Kubica again?

I have already purchased another book by Mary Kubica, I have not yet listened to it and I am now wondering if I have made a mistake.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

The narrators did a good job and I liked Abe.

What character would you cut from The Good Girl?

Difficult to say as the only character I had any liking for was the detective.

Any additional comments?

No.

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gripping at times

gripping at times. story dragged out too long at other times. still worth listening. great narration.

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Not working for me!

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This novel is written with each chapter changing characters (and narrators) and time frame eg 'the detective before (the kidnap)' 'the mother after'. The content of the story is good, but I just couldn't settle into it due to the change from one chapter to the next. I found myself just getting really interested in an aspect, only to be taken elsewhere. Shame, but I must return it.

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An interesting take with the story told by the kidknapper, mother and detective

I was gripped throughout, the story is sad when 'Owen' opens up about his life in poverty and although I guessed some of the narrative, the ending was a complete surprise

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'Girl on a train' meets 'Gone Girl'

Written from the various charters points of view. Keeps you wanting to follow the story of the individual characters that form the whole story. This is a book of love and betrayal. The basics plot line of a kidnapping that doesn't go quite to plan. The characters are well written allowing the reader to see the interactions in their own minds. Although there are some predictable elements their is plenty that is unpredictable and keeps you listening. If you like Gone Girl and Girl on a Train you will like The Good Girl. The narration is also excellent and well cast.

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Gem of a Book

I enjoy a lot of books and audio books but every now and then comes one that stands out The Good Girl is a stand out book. I really enjoyed the writing style I felt it captured real depth of the characters without wasting words and making me wish the author would just get on with it. The narration so often a deal breaker for me is just well ... perfect. My most enjoyable listen in a while.

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Fantastic read

Twists and turns right to the last page. What a great read. It kept me gripped right to the end

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Kept my attention throughout and what an ending

I love books with multiple readers and the characterisation in this novel is superb. Utterly believable, comprehensive and well defined. Although being made aware of the outcome within the first few chapters, with the journey split into 'before and after', I had no difficulty following the many storylines and hope this will be the same for you. There is no way I could give you clues - you just have to find and dissect them for yourselves but it really is well worth the effort. Not an easy listen …… but I like to be challenged, so this was no effort for me. I can only hope you will agree and enjoy something different.

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Very enjoyable

This was really good, good and bad characters but all well developed. The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the narration of “Gabe”. Not that the narrator wasn’t good but it, for me, jarred with the things we found out about Gabe as the book moved on. In the beginning it gave the book a feeling of old fashioned detective films where there is narration over the top of the movie and as though Gabe was a tired, old, non caring caricature of say Colombo in his scruffy coat when I think Gabe was much deeper (and better turned out, though Colombo was a particular hero of mine!) than that. Altogether, excellent though.

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  • Roger
  • 11-09-14

Brilliant performances, moving story

The reading performances of the three major characters were outstanding. Nettleton as Eve, was perfect, with the flattened English accent of someone who has lived in the US for 20+ years. I loved the mix of Englishisms and Americanisms that we (yes, I am one) accumulate. Also, her gradual, but subtle, decline was compelling and the attraction to the cop-as-savior was moving.

I didn't want to listen to the Thatcher character, the brute, but, of course, that was the point. The motivation of the character only slowly emerges because his is a story that is revealed over time, and the author had the courage to let it evolve at the right pace.

I loved the gruff cop. I admit it took a while to get through the hoarseness, but, gradually, the character and reader won me over.

The story only gets 4 stars because there are two conclusions (I hesitate to say "endings"). The first is the inevitable outcome that the author leads you towards through both the structure and the content of the story. Presumably, this was all intended to set up the epilog, which I won't give away here. While cleverly done, I thought it was not particularly well motivated within the story.

This is a book about the gradual change in people under the stress of a terrible situation. (This is not an adventure story!) Motives emerge and characters change subtly revealing their true nature. In some way, each character becomes the opposite of what you thought they were.

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  • VanDelay
  • 02-08-14

Cheap Trick

This book has been compared to Gone Girl, and in the way that it is told (moving fluidly around a timeline from different character's perspectives) as well as the inclusion of seriously narcissistic characters, it is akin. And in the same way as Gone Girl, this book ended leaving me annoyed.

In Gone Girl, I was annoyed at the lack of redeeming characters; in The Good Girl, it's more the author that I'm miffed at. And it's not because all doesn't end happily ever after--I like an unexpected twist, an incompletely resolved ending, a modern tragedy, what have you--but this was not that.

What we find out in the end could have been a perfectly good ending, however, the author wrote the book in such a way that that very last piece is not truly congruent with the rest of the book. There is little foreshadowing and its abruptness leaves the reader feeling like the author decided at the last minute to change the ending into something more controversial.

Three paragraphs of complaining aside, the book as a whole was a compelling read. I did want to learn how the characters got to the end (which was easy to predict, minus the very last character perspective) and there was a decent amount of suspense building up to it. The author used a writing technique that could have been confusing, but her writing is clear and she develops most of the characters quite well (two characters are fairly flat).

The performance, like Gone Girl, was excellent and I really enjoyed the multiple narrators; it enhanced the book's enjoyment.

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  • Katie
  • 07-12-14

Great Narration, Not So Great Story

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Sad day.. My first audiobook that I regret using one of my treasured credits for! This book has mistakenly been compared to Gone Girl. Which, yes, we have a missing person situation with a couple of twists at the end. But those are the only things that make the book even remotely similar. I was expecting the same mood and deep sense of suspense as Gone Girl. Unfortunately, this book just was not as sophisticated. I guessed at the very beginning who was behind the kidnapping and hoped that I would be pleasantly surprised with an intriguing twist... Didn't happen! Anyways, there's my rant for the day!

On a positive note I thought the narrators were fabulous until they had to do an impression of the other characters which was strangely awkward.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-09-14

Nice surprise.. you won't be disappointed!

Would you listen to The Good Girl again? Why?

I would listen to The Good Girl again just to make sure that I didn't miss anything. There were a lot of different twists and turns leading up to the very end.

What other book might you compare The Good Girl to and why?

I would compare The Good Girl to Gone Girl for the many plot twists but also to Harlen Coben books. It was very well written. Great from beginning to end.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I love a book that has different narrator's for different characters. Each narrator seemed to really grasp their character's personality.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to spoil anything but the relationship between mother and daughter was moving and the ending was the best part.

Any additional comments?

I hope everyone will give this book a shot. It is a well written suspense that will keep you engrossed until the last word. I can't wait for the author to write her next novel!

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  • Wendy
  • 06-09-14

Disappointing.

I love a good thriller, and some of my favorite audiobooks have casts of multiple voice actors, so I was looking forward to this book. However, this listen was far from thrilling. The so-called "twist" at the end was incredibly predictable; the author threw in plenty of heavy-handed "hints" throughout the story (not to mention the cover art on the book - it practically screams, "I have a secret! Look at the "R" in Girl! Guess what I am hiding!"). I was hoping that, because the twist seemed so apparent, the author MUST have something else in mind. Alas, she did not. I was also disappointed in the voice acting. Some of it was terrible (when a male read a female voice and vice versa; also, the actors lacked nuance so that it was sometimes difficult to tell if a character was thinking something or saying it aloud). I do not recommend this audiobook.

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  • Mom of one
  • 26-08-14

Started slow

Was The Good Girl worth the listening time?

It took me a long time to get into the book, about half way through I was immersed into it. However, it was not enough to make me feel like it was worth my time.

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  • Susan
  • 01-08-14

Hostage........?

3.5 for me. This was book was told from three of its characters points of view. The story slips back and forth in the time line and alternates characters every other chapter ....past, current past, current. It was not confusing but I just kept waiting for something to happen.

A young woman of a wealthy family goes missing and until a day later no one is even alarmed. When the police deem it a kidnapping her mother becomes genuinely concerned and is privately tormented by a long lasting guilt. The father, a prominent judge, acts distressed in the beginning but the act quickly dwindles corresponding to the attention of the camera crews.

Mia, the abducted, is an art teacher who barley gets by and on top of that is a total disappointment to her father for not attending law school like her sister. One evening in a near empty bar she meets Colin, a stranger, and after far too many drinks leaves with him. Things change drastically when he now has her at gun point in his apartment and informs her that he has been paid to deliver her to a notorious criminal. When they are on their way to the designated exchange, Colin has an attack of conscience and can't bring himself to let her be taken, he instead takes her to his long forgotten family property.

For months Mia is held in a wilderness log cabin without adequate food or warmth. One of the comforts she does have is the "love" of a stray cat.

Mia's mother and the detective assigned to the case, are in contact almost every day for months as the abduction trail gets colder. As the holidays approach there is a lead in the case and hopes are high to possibly having Mia home for Christmas.

The narration was better at times than others, the fluidity and timing seemed a bit off. A jumping timeline and the different states of mind of each character made it a little bumpy but done fairly well by the author. The ending fell short because, IMHO, could have been exceptional if the twist was brought to us by the thoughts of one of the three original narrative characters....looking in. All in all, a good concept and a great debut.

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  • Kaylen
  • 15-10-14

Just say it alreay!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY GOSH! This book was really good, but I figured out very quickly just what was happening. From then on I was on pins and needles just waiting for the truth to come out. There were a handful of twists that I didn't see coming, but welcomed them. Overall the book was great, I just really wonder what would have happened had the truth come out way sooner than it did.

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  • Toni A Hudson
  • 31-10-14

Leaves you thinking

What did you love best about The Good Girl?

The Narrators. The detective's voice through me off a bit.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

I liked Eve

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The extreme reaction I had or should I say I'm still having is one of "Oh wow". It really isn't until the end of the book that you realize the story you just read and the depths of what happened. I just finished it today on my way into work and I'm still thinking about it and everything that happened. It's funny how you read a story and it's not until the last line that you get it, you just totally get it.

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  • Angela
  • 15-09-14

Tedious...

I had high hopes for this book... But with 4 hours remaining, I found myself skipping chapters hoping for the end.

The book just didn't hook me - the story line was tedious and drug on and on. I found myself wondering just where was this plot going? No momentum... just a circle of before/after.

I didn't finish the novel. I have a large library - I've only stopped listening to a few books. This, sadly, is one of them.

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