The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (1 out of 5)


Such high hopes for this book, especially after reading comparisons to Gillian Flynn. For the record, Gillian Flynn is awesome. An author you should read. Mary Kubica has all of the foundations in place, but some things were magically astray in this psychological mashup. The book iteslf releases in August, and many early reviews have been glowing. The idea I have of glowing psychological suspense would be Flynn, Now You See Me by SJ Bolton, and Night Film by Marisa Pessl. The Good Girl has a long way to go before placement in that cabal.

Mia Dennett has the easy life, being born into a prominent judicial family. She doesn’t live up to her father’s lofty expectations, so largely is ignored by the man. Definitely a love-hate relationship with those two. It’s a tip off that something is fishy in Paula Deen’s kitchen, but not buttered salmon. Mia’s a teacher in an urban neighborhood, who has a friends with benefits relationship with a fairweather beau. She’s again stood up one night, and Colin Thatcher makes his move. He strikes up a conversation, Mia drinks too much, and they leave to head to his place for some romp em, stomp em action. You then realize- told through the characters in the novel- that he’s supposed to kidnap Mia and deliver her to a man named Dalmar and step out of the picture. Colin, for reasons that he can’t quite fathom (nor can the reader), keeps Mia and dodges the drop off, taking her to a dense forest that is largely deserted. They hide out in a cabin, and a strange kidnapper-victim relationship ensues. I say strange because you gather that they end up having feelings for one another, but it’s not quite written in that direction. Being a psychological thriller, nothing is left to chance, but you have to know this isn’t going to end in a fairytale ending. Their “relationship” isn’t even scratching the surface of weird. In the meantime, Mia’s mom is bonding big time with Gabe, the detective in charge of the case. The father, Judge Dredd, continues to not give two shits about his missing daughter, instead lavishing attention on the other daughter who is a clone of himself. That sort of behavior from a parent whose child is missing? Giant tip off that something is off there, and you know right away that Judge Dredd has something lurking in his closet, and it isn’t a purple feather boa. It’s way too easy to predict where this book is heading. There’s some nice metaphorical allegory in here, but you knew where it was going. Too predictable! Does Mia get out? Does Gabe figure out where Colin and she are hiding? Does her father get a shoe up his ass? Does her mother have a full-on nervous breakdown? I could say you only know by reading it, but I knew halfway through how it was going to play out. It may be due to all of the books I’ve read, but it rang hollow in the chamber of many books. If you want deep, stunning psychological thriller, go to Gillian Flynn. I think Kubica has a way to go before she gets there.

~ by generationgbooks on June 25, 2014.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: