The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Are you a modern, independent woman who harbours a secret fantasy to be saved by a hero? If you’ve just nodded in agreement, then you have got to read about the unlikely love story between Colin and Mia.
This is probably neither politically correct nor fashionable in western society. Actually, what I’m about to say hasn’t been acceptable since the feminist movement in the 1970s. But I’m going ahead with my admission anyway. I love stories where the hero saves her. By ‘her’, I don’t just mean fragile heroines like Tatiana in the Bronze Horseman by Paulina Simmons, although Alexander does a spectacular job of saving her again and again from wartime dangers during the siege of Leningrad in 1941. I also swooned over the way Mr Darcy saves the feisty Lizzy and her family from social ruin. Now that’s a man who would do anything for his girl! Isn’t that why we all love Darcy?
Getting back to The Good Girl, let me first point out that psychological thrillers only started becoming my cup of tea a year ago. After reading Gone Girl, I wanted more. I waded through a few forgettable stories before I found The Good Girl. Colin’s deep, confident voice had me hooked from his first chapter (I listened to this novel on Audible). Aside from this bonus, I would’ve loved this dark knight if I had read the novel in print. No doubt Colin’s initial motives are selfish and criminal. But he stepped up when it mattered, saving Mia from the thugs who hired him to abduct her. To keep her safe, he hides them in a desolate log cabin. Here, he begins to transform into a worthy hero, and his ultimate act of self-sacrifice melted my heart.
The following blurb of The Good Girl, is taken from Book Depository:
“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, 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. “Kubica’s powerful debut…will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review