the good girl
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.
A story told by several different point of views, The Good Girl is an intriguing mystery. We get bits and pieces of the story told in the Before (the kidnapping) and the After (the kidnapping) from Mia's mother Eve, the investigator Gabe and the kidnapper Colin. We don't hear anything from Mia's point of view until the end and I have some issues with that.
There are key points in the book that give away too much, which I don't think Kubica was trying to do, or at least I don't. It felt like the ending was supposed to be a surprise, a twist, but I wasn't surprised. In fact, I was slightly disappointed although it made for some good discussion fodder if you were to read this book with your book group.
Concerning the twist I have several issues, what doesn't make sense to me. Looking back on those bits of the story being told there are things that don't make sense now having all the answers. But it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the book. Not that there is a happily ever after ending. In fact, the ending left me feeling sad and a little lost.
I'd definitely recommend this to someone. So that I can discuss it with them afterward!