My favorite thing in the world is a book that grabs me by the throat in the first few pages and hangs on for the full ride, all the way until the last page. A lot of authors attempt to do this, but few actually succeed. Mary Kubica is the exception. From the first few paragraphs of her debut novel, The Good Girl, Kubica takes the reader on a thrill ride and doesn’t let go.
Written in three different voices, Kubica keeps the reader guessing until the very last page. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, the big reveal happens and you’re left with your jaw on the floor. It’s one of the best reveals I’ve read in a long time.
The only downside of the book is that it’s left me with mixed feelings about some of the characters. Those I thought I hated, maybe I don’t hate so much after all. Those I thought I loved, now cause me to wonder at my own judgement. And really, that’s one of the best signs of a great read: the inability to forget the characters once the last page is turned.
The Good Girl is a great read, and I’m looking forward to the next novel by this author, Pretty Baby, which is due out on July 28th! I can’t wait!