Author Heather Gudenkauf on The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


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30 Authors in 30 Days is a first of its kind event aimed at connecting readers, bloggers, and authors. Hosted by The Book Wheel, this month-long event takes place during September and features 30 authors discussing their favorite recent reads on 30 different blogs. There are also some great prizes provided by and BookJigs. For the full schedule of participating authors and bloggers, visit The Book Wheel.


Heather GudenkaufAt Pages Unbound, we’re pleased to have Heather Gudenkauf guest post about The Good Girl by Mary Kubica.

Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running.  You can buy her books here.

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The Good GirlWhen I was asked to share a few words about my favorite novel released in the past six months Mary Kubica’s THE GOOD GIRL immediately came to mind. THE GOOD GIRL chronicles the abduction of a young inner-city Chicago art teacher, Mia Dennett, through multiple perspectives.

Kubica delivers, with skill and acuity, all the elements that I look for in a highly satisfying thriller—relatable characters and a twisty, fast-paced journey with a surprise ending.

Mia Dennett, the daughter of a well-regarded Chicago judge, is simply attempting to find her own way in the world and tries to distance herself from her well-heeled childhood. Then, with uncharacteristic impulsivity, she connects with a handsome stranger, Colin Thatcher. Very quickly Mia learns that Colin’s intentions are nefarious and he whisks her away to an isolated cabin in the frigid north woods of Minnesota.

I loved the way Kubica structured this novel. Told in the alternating perspectives of four of the principal characters—Mia, her mother, Colin, and the detective assigned to the case—THE GOOD GIRL relates Mia’s saga in chapters labeled “before” and “after” her rescue. Brilliant! The author carefully lays clues so the reader can try and piece together the motive for Mia’s abduction. She also paints a vivid picture of the relentless search for Mia and deftly develops the surprising emotional connection that emerges between abductor and victim.

As I reached the final pages of THE GOOD GIRL, I made a concerted effort to read more slowly; I didn’t want this novel to end. When I did close the book, I often found my thoughts returning to the story and to the wonderfully drawn characters.

I can’t wait to see what Mary Kubica is going to come up with next!


???????????????????????????????????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.  You can buy it here.

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5 thoughts on “Author Heather Gudenkauf on The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

  1. Mary C. says:

    I love a story told from more than one perspective – and this one has the added aspect of time (before and after). I loved The Weight Of Silence so much that I will gladly take a recommendation from the author. 🙂


    • Briana says:

      Different perspectives are hit or miss for me. I like them to have distinctly different voices and for there to be a reason there are multiple perspectives (beyond “well, everyone likes hearing how much the love interest likes the protagonist from his own POV”). It does sound as if they really work in this novel, however. Gudenkauf has really written a lovely review.


  2. Allison @ The Book Wheel says:

    I’ve heard such good things about The Good Girl and I LOVE Heather’s books (I’ve read them all, I think). I’m so glad that both you and Heather were able to join in the tour. Thank you for your support!


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