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 GoneReading.com and BookJigs. For the full schedule of participating authors and bloggers, visit The Book Wheel.
OUR GUEST AUTHOR
At 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.
THE GOOD GIRL
When 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!
ABOUT MARY KUBICA
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.