The Good Girl
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Mia Dennett has disappeared. Her mother is desperate to find her but her father doesn’t seem that interested. Then Mia is found. But she won’t answer to the name Mia and she can’t remember anything about her kidnapper. It’s up to detective Gabe Hoffman to unravel the Dennett’s complicated life and help Mia to remember what really happened.

This novel is written from multiple points of view and goes backwards and forwards over the life of the story. This does make for confusing reading some of the time, particularly when it is not always clear whose point of view we are reading about.

I do like a taut thriller, but I am afraid I did not find this a novel of that kind. There was very little suspense, since we knew from almost the beginning that Mia had come home, and the story was so predictable that I knew what the twist would be from about halfway through. This is not always a bad thing, as that can often happen but the story still be enticing and hold my attention; this one did not. In fact, I found myself not looking forward to reading it and even left the last 10% to finish another night which I rarely do.

I am not sure who this novel would really appeal to. I wouldn’t recommend it to readers of thrillers as it isn’t thrilling at all and I don’t think it’s really a romance novel. It is quite hard work to get through and I was very glad to finish it. I am sure this author will be able to write better books than this in the future, but I am sorry to say I am not able to recommend this one at all.

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