Friday, June 26, 2015

The Good Girl - book review

I finally finished the book in my purse!

I love going to Target and looking at books because they always have great recommendations. On one of my last Target ventures I found the the section that says "Like Gone Girl? Then, you'll love these!" There I found The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. This is the author's debut novel and I think a stunning entrance to the literary world. I found this story to be entertaining even while being a tad predictable. She kept me interested and racing towards the end of the book.

The story is written from different characters' points of view at different times in the story. You're working from the beginning and end toward the middle or the climax of the tale. You hear Eve, her mother's tale of feeling helpless at home.Gabe, the detective trying to fix everything for everyone. And Colin, the captor's story of internal and external struggle. At the beginning, it was a little muddled trying to keep up, but it sorted itself out about a quarter of the way in or so.

Kubica blurs the lines between "good" and "bad" guys, which is one of my favorite things. I don't believe that people are ever the whole of one characteristic. She delves into the character's pasts, showing how the sum of the events in our lives affect us but don't control us. Some people are saying that the story line takes on a bit of Stockholm Syndrome feel. I believe that people act differently in different situations. Most people just want to feel loved and safe. When placed in a situation that is out of their norm, things are likely to be a bit different. That being said, it's a freaking book - just go with it.

I would definitely recommend this book to you if you enjoyed Gone Girl; however, I am not saying it is as good as Gone Girl. If you want a book on Gone Girl's level, read Dark Places or Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. They're both amazing and written by the same author. If you're like me and have already read those and still would like to read more things The Good Girl is in fact a gripping read.

A tip I got from GoodReads that I cannot verify is that on the Kindle version, the chapters are not clearly marked. This makes the character and time jumping basically impossible to keep up with. Again, I can't speak for this but wanted to make sure it was mentioned just in case because that sounds awful.

Until Next Time,
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