"In writing, your audience is one single reader."

— John Steinbeck

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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Publication date: July, 29, 2014 
Category: Psychological Thriller

After reading the first third of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I flipped to the last two chapters and read how it ended.  I decided it wasn’t worth my time to complete the book because I hated every single character and felt none of them had redeeming qualities. I’m kind of an impatient reader. The Good Girl, Mary Kubica’s debut, has drawn considerable comparisons to Gone Girl; however, Kubica’s characterization and plot create a compelling page-turning tale in which you genuinely invest in each character. Told from multiple point of views, the Good Girl tells the story of the abduction of a young art teacher, Mia, who also happens to be the daughter of an elite Chicago’s judge. Three different narrators, her mother, the police detective and the kidnapper share their feelings and thoughts before and after the kidnapping. Mia suffers memory loss so the story follows her as she pieces together what happened in the preceding months. This book draws you in, gnaws at your emotions and spits you out in a very disturbing way. It is a plot driven book which will take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride similarly to Gone Gone. 

Kubica takes her time creating a convoluted relationship between Mia and the kidnapper, and she also gives the reader an intimate look behind the doors of her strained family life. In the course of reading the novel, I felt the frustration of Mia’s father, the hopelessness of  her mother, and the disillusionment of the detective. In terms of character development, Kubica excels, creating fascinating empathetic characters who are flawed and multi-faceted. 

Although you are collecting the clues as you read, the ending will still hit you out of nowhere. When it comes to mysteries I’m a novice, so a more advanced reader may have pieced together the clues quicker, but I doubt it. There’s not much else to say except that you should definitely buy this book. Despite being 350 pages its an extremely fast read and I am now looking forward to more books by Mary Kubica.

"There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later."

George Orwell (via vintageanchorbooks)

Getting so emotional over this quote right now.

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"Writing is a concentrated form of thinking…a young writer sees that with words he can place himself more clearly into the world. Words on a page, that’s all it takes to help him separate himself from the forces around him, streets and people and pressures and feelings. He learns to think about these things, to ride his own sentences into new perceptions."

— Don DeLillo

"Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum."

— Paulo Coelho

"We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes."

— Franz Kafka


by incidentalcomics:
Behind Every Great Novelist (Illustration for the NY Times Book Review)

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Behind Every Great Novelist (Illustration for the NY Times Book Review)

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"I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within."

— Gustave Flaubert

"There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you."

— Beatrix Potter

mallelis:

an actual letter that actual Ayn Rand sent to Cat Fancy magazine in 1966

mallelis:

an actual letter that actual Ayn Rand sent to Cat Fancy magazine in 1966

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