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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
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Aug 11, 2014

liked it
bookshelves: audio, contemporary, drama, leisure, thriller

I imagine that in some ways, this book is trying to capitalize on the success of Gone Girl, as it uses a few of the same tropes: alternating narrators, and a division of events into before/after. One interesting narrative device is the way the novel jumps in time chronologically, so that we see things unfold out of order. I also think the multiple narrators provided a useful way of showing the story through everyone's eyes but the victims.

I listened to this on audio and the narration was fantastic. Each narrator had a different voice actor and they all were superb, their acting showing perfectly how they perceived the events and characters.

My biggest complaint, and the reason this is only a three-star, is just that it wasn't very exciting. Not that a book has to be exciting for me to like it, but when I see something described as a thriller, I expect there to be a bit more mystery. I kinda could see coming what was really going on, but that might just be a side effect of reading a lot of books.

I could see giving this to a mid/older teen, like maybe if they aren't ready for Gone Girl yet? I don't remember anything too objectionable or graphic (there may have been a few curse words but not as pervasively as Gone Girl) and the resolution wouldn't seem too obvious to someone who hasn't read as many books yet.

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Reading Progress

August 11, 2014 – Shelved
August 11, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
January 29, 2015 – Started Reading
February 4, 2015 – Finished Reading
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: audio
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: contemporary
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: drama
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: leisure
February 5, 2015 – Shelved as: thriller

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