Wednesday, October 8, 2014

review: the good girl by mary kubica

Appearances can be very deceiving in Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl. One would think Mia comes from a perfect family, but her father, a prominent judge, worries more about how the family will be portrayed in the media than Mia when she disappears. Fortunately for the missing art teacher, her mother believes Mia was kidnapped and a detective puts a great deal of effort into finding Mia.

Throughout The Good Girl the woman who the book centers on doesn’t tell her story until the very end. It was a bit puzzling (before the ending), but it worked well to have everything told from the perspective of Mia’s mother, Mia’s kidnapper, and the detective investigating the case. The shifting perspectives as well as the nonlinear fashion in which Kubica relayed created more tension and mystery than likely would have occurred otherwise.

About the audiobook: The Good Girl is read by Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and Andi Arndt. As the novel changes perspective with each chapter, the different readers made it much easier to follow. Johnny Heller and Tom Taylorson were most enjoyable as they changed tone to distinguish between the dialogue of the other characters. The Good Girl was published in 2014 by Blackstone Audio and runs 10 hours and 38 minutes.
4/5
Review copy provided by Audiobook Jukebox.

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