My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: paperback ARC courtesy of publisher
Some reviews have mentioned the similarity of this novel to Gone Girl. Unfortunately, I didn’t particularly enjoyed Gone Girl (due to disliking characters and having guessed the ending mostly right) so I started reading The Good Girl with some trepidation. Thankfully, this novel is structured quite different and I found that, therefore, I enjoyed the story a lot more.
The start of this novel was a little uncertain as it is being told from a number of perspectives and at different points in time (before, during, and after abduction). I usually ignore chapter headers/titles but this time around, I have to pay attention to them to know exactly who’s speaking and at point in time. It made a very good difference as it saves a lot of confusion and after some time, you slip in & out of perspectives quite easily. In the end, it wasn’t at all a difficult read.
This story is NOT told from Mia Dennett’s perspective at all; the supposedly main protagonist of this novel. It is told from the people around her –people who care about / for her. This difference in perspectives from Gone Girl is what I found most enjoyable as I didn’t have to hear from anyone whom I found annoying. Whilst it’ll be interesting to see what’s going on in Mia’s head, this method definitely built the suspense and the mystery of the plot. It wasn’t until right at the very end, where Mia ‘spoke’ and hit the readers with a wrecking ball. It was a very satisfying ending.
Whether your love or hate Gone Girl, you’d find that you will enjoy The Good Girl. The suspense, the mystery, the characters, and the structure of the novel will drive you reading on ‘til the early hours.
Thanks, Harlequin Books Australia for copy of book