‘A tremendous read’ - The Sun
Now optioned for a major movie by the company behind Winter’s Bone, Babel, Being John Malkovich and the TV series True Detective.
A compulsive debut that reveals how, even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems…
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 they're 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 might turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life…
Praise for The Good Girl
Selected as one of the Top Ten General Fiction Books of 2014 by thebookbag.co.uk
‘A sensational climax seals the deal’ ‘I hesitate to use that terrible cliché ‘page-turner’, but this powerful debut thriller is just that. It grabs you from the moment it starts’ – Daily Mail
'One of the trickiest, cleverest, most rewarding human interest crime tales of this year.' – Top 100 Amazon reviewer Katharine Kirby
'Kubica’s powerful debut will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl…[but] this girl has heart' – Publishers Weekly starred review
'A twisty, roller coaster ride of a debut. Fans of Gone Girl will embrace this equally evocative tale' – Lisa Gardner
‘Memorable and riveting’ – Lovereading.co.uk
‘As a debut, this is a stunning, well-written novel – Kubica is an author to watch.’ – We Love This Book
'This psychological thriller gets right under your skin and leaves its mark. A tremendous read’ – The Sun
‘A complex tale of deceit, jealousy, fear and love played out against the bustling, bright lights of Chicago … a stunning debut’ – Crimethrillergirl.com
‘If you love a dark mystery, The Good Girl will keep you entranced from the very first page to the end. Likened to the bestselling Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, this psychological thriller looks set to be a blockbuster – and it’s only Kubica’s first novel! … I can’t wait for more from this talented writer’ – Peterborough Evening Telegraph
About the author
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. THE GOOD GIRL is her first novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From 10 July to 13 July, we’re shining a spotlight on talented writers we’ve loved discovering—and offering one of their books for free. Chicago-based author Mary Kubica’s debut is a psychological thriller featuring a complex, fascinating heroine. The story starts with the abduction of a powerful judge’s daughter, but quickly turns into an edgy and unexpected thrill ride that made us suspicious of every character we encountered. A rising star in the mystery genre, Kubica—a former history teacher—will appeal to fans of Gillian Flynn, thanks to her jolting non-linear narrative, talent for surprise twists and the strength of her female characters. The Good Girl kept us guessing right up to the end—we’re eagerly awaiting Kubica's July release, Pretty Baby.
At the outset of Kubica's powerful debut, free-spirited 24-year-old Mia Dennett, an art teacher at an alternative high school and a member of a well-heeled, well-connected Chicago family, goes missing. As puzzling as Mia's presumed kidnapping initially appears, things turn infinitely stranger after her eventual return, seemingly with no memory of what happened to her or, indeed, of her identity as Mia. Key characters share the narrative in chapters labeled either "Before" or "After," allowing the reader to join shattered mother Eve and sympathetic Det. Gabe Hoffman on their treacherous journey to solve the mystery and truly save Mia. Almost nothing turns out as expected, which, along with the novel's structure and deep Midwestern roots, will encourage comparisons to Gone Girl. Unlike that dazzling duel between what prove to be a pair of sociopaths, this Girl has heart which makes it all the more devastating when the author breaks it.
Good girl good book
Loved the style of storytelling and was gripped from beginning to end. Well worth a read
It’s been done before
The film "A Life Less Ordinary” has almost the same plot so the denouement is predictable to anyone who has seen it.
The mangling of the English laguage with incongruous vocabulary make some sentences incomprehensible.
Mawkish and over priced at “free”.
I downloaded this book free of charge and wasn't convinced I would like it. I thought as it was free I'd give it a go. A third of the way in I'm finding it difficult to put down and when I'm not reading it I'm constantly wanting to get back to it. This is a well written story with a cunning twist which I didn't see coming. Highly recommended as an easy, engrossing holiday read.