August 2014 Debut of the Month.
A memorable and riveting thriller of a mystery novel, ‘The Good Girl’ features an unusual focus and startling ending. Three main characters tell their stories in a random “before” or “after” mode; we hear from the mother, the detective and the offender. The relationships portrayed appear genuine and authentic, the author is able to evoke sympathy, even when aversion and animosity are sneaking and skulking in the background. The unusual setting leads initially to a slight fracture in the storyline, a feeling of trying to catch up, to understand. The author cleverly keeps the suspense at a tense level, she takes us beyond, advances information, then thrusts us back again in time and it takes a little while to actually focus and wonder… exactly what is the event that the “before” and “after” refer to. So try not to second guess, to work things out, to overthink; just accept the storyline as it’s released and savour this smart, stimulating debut. ~ Liz Robinson
A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...
‘Be warned: you might be getting some late nights once you start this book. You are going to think, just one more chapter…then suddenly you’ll find it’s 2am and you’ve actually read 16 more chapters. The writing is compelling, the plot outstanding – it is, simply, utterly gripping. Who will you sympathise most with? The missing girl? Her distraught mother? The policeman trying to unravel the truth? Or the kidnapper? You might just be surprised…’ Sally Williamson, Commissioning Editor, MIRA
“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 colour of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”
Mia Dennett can’t resist a one-night stand with the enigmatic stranger she meets in a bar. But going home with him will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life. Mia comes from a prominent society family and her mother will stop at nothing to find her, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter…
‘A twisty, roller-coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale of a missing woman, shattered family and the lies we tell not just to each other, but especially ourselves.’ — Lisa Gardner
Publication date: 01/08/2014
Publisher: Mira Books an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
|Publication date:||1st August 2014|
|Publisher:||Mira Books an imprint of Harlequin (UK)|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense,|
Mary Kubica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in History and American Literature. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two children and enjoys photography, gardening and caring for the animals at a local shelter. Her debut novel, The Good Girl, was an international bestseller.More About Mary Kubica