The Good Girl (英語) ペーパーバック – 2015/2/24
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Read the bestseller everyone is talking about! "A cleverly constructed suspense thriller." —Chicago Tribune, Printer's Row "A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale." —Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author "Riveting psychological thriller."—Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author on Don't You Cry "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." One night, Mia Dennett enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. 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. When Colin decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota instead of delivering her to his employers, 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 propulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems.More Praise "Kubica's powerful debut…will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl."—Publishers Weekly, starred review "A high-intensity thriller, a psychological puzzle that will keep readers on their toes."—BookPage Read the New York Times bestselling follow-up novel Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica. Look for Mary's latest complex and addictive tale of deceit and obsession, Don't You Cry. Order your copies today!
"Thrilling and illuminating... [Pretty Baby] raises the ante on the genre and announces the welcome second coming of a talent well worth watching." -LA Times
"A hypnotic psychological thriller.... [Pretty Baby] builds to a stunning climax involving revelations you won't see coming." -People
"A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale."
-Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"This isn't your typical thriller.... [It] practically has you holding your breath for all 300 pages." -Bustle.com
"Single White Female on steroids.... If you haven't read Mary Kubica yet, you need to start right this minute... This riveting psychological thriller had me turning the pages at warp speed." -Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestselling author of Corrupted
"Kubica's powerful debut...will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Psychologically rich and pulse pounding, The Good Girl had me hooked from the very first sentence and didn't let go until the final word."
-Heather Gudenkauf, bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Little Mercies
"[Kubica's] masterful handling of plot makes The Good Girl hard to put down."
-The Columbus Dispatch
"The Good Girl has everything going for it. A fresh new style...the denouement will stun. I look forward to Kubica's next novel."
"A cleverly constructed suspense thriller."
-Chicago Tribune, Printer's Row
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Mia, Eve, Gabe, Colinの四者の視点から事件を説明していくThe Good Girlは、ハーレクイン社のインプリントMIRA＊から出版されているが、本格的な心理スリラーである。ラブストーリーは含まれているが、「ロマンス」ではないし、いわゆるラブシーンもない。今春のBEAでも出版社が派手にPRしていた「イチオシ本」で、実際にGoodreadsのChoice Awardsでミステリとスリラー部門の最終候補にもなった。
Gone Girlは本当に予想できない展開だったが、このThe Good Girlでは、どんでん返しはさほど「どんでん返し」ではない。ミステリを読み慣れている人は最初から最期の部分が予想できる。
The Good Girl is the polar opposite. I really liked the characters. Or most of them. I felt their struggles were real. Their interactions were real. The bad guys were developed enough to identify and dislike them, but the story is not about the bad guys. It's about surviving. Surviving trauma the began before and ended well after a kidnapping.
p.s. the ending is thoroughly satisfying
The Good Girl was told in three points of view over two time periods. We hear from Mia in the past ("before") and present ("after"), her mother Eve before and after, and the deceptive Gabe before and after. I'm finding that I don't like books that do this as much as I do having one POV. I think it can be done right, but more often than not, when it's done in a thriller it takes away from the suspense and mystery, because you already know what each character is doing and thinking. If the story was told just from Eve or Gabe's point of view, there would have been a lot more opportunities for reveals and surprises.
Almost everything in this book fell flat for me. Everything was really predictable, I didn't connect to any of the characters, and I didn't care what happened to them. The blurb on the book led me to believe that there would be a lot of suspense in this book, and to me, there was none. I honestly was bored throughout most of it, and there were a number of times I almost walked away from it and marked it as DNF. Additionally, I've see other reviewers mentioning that they felt it was fast-paced, and I didn't feel the same way. It could be because I was so bored, but I felt like the story dragged on, and considering the book was only ~350 pages, that's not a great thing.
Another thing I did like (that had no impact on my review) was that a lot of the story was set in Chicago. I live in Chicago, so I loved being able to understand references and locations!
Anyway, I can't say I'd recommend this book, though the book has decent reviews, so I'm clearly in the minority here. I have a few other books by Mary Kubica on my list, and I'll have to do some more research to decide if I still want to read them. The one thing I will give her is that she's a fine writer. I had no issue with her writing, just issue with the way it was executed (POVs) and the storyline.
Let me start by saying, this book is awful, and that's really all you need to know. Poorly written, predictable plot, characters that are more like caricatures. I kept reading, thinking that closer to the end there'd be some twist I didn't see coming, but nope. This book was a complete waste of time! If you're expecting anything close to Gone Girl, you will be severely disappointed.
The story is about the abduction of Mia Dennett, told through the point of view of her abductor, Colin; her mother, Eve; and the detective investigating Mia's case, Gabe. Through these characters, the reader is trying to figure out what happened, since Mia, once she is rescued, has amnesia. (Insert eye roll here)
The poor writing, stereotyping of characters, and poorly developed relationships between the characters made this book almost unreadable, not to mention the bizarre and distracting sexual tension between Mia's mother and the detective. I kept asking, "Why do these two characters need to be attracted to each other?" It did nothing to progress the story line, and wasn't even developed enough to be a subplot, so I just didn't understand why it was part of the story.
Both Colin's and Mia's fathers are laughable caricatures. Colin's father is the violent drunk that abandons his family and Mia's is the rich judge we are supposed to hate because he is aloof and detached and loves money more than his own family. The emotions I was supposed to feel just never surfaced because I was too distracted by my giggles as I read the cliched and predictable character descriptions and plot points.
The icing on the cake was the supposed plot twist at the end, where the reader finally learns what was really going on. The last 10 or 12 pages is told from Mia's point of view, but if you are hoping for some sick and twisted but ultimately genius plot twist (ala Gone Girl) please skip this one, or like me your eyes might roll so far back in your head as you are reading that you will fear they may get stuck like that.