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Mia Dennett, the Chicago-born daughter of a well-known judge, goes missing. After a frantic three-month search, she is found miraculously alive in a cabin in Wisconsin, though suffering from amnesia. As her desperate mother and the lead detective on the case try to piece together what happened, alternating narrators—her mother, the detective, and her captor—take turns telling what happened in the weeks before and after Mia’s return.
Inevitable comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will most certainly arise, which should provide a good gauge with how you, the reader, might like this book. The Good Girl is soft and sentimental, with a nicely bittersweet ending. Compared to Flynn’s novel, it has none of the unapologetic nastiness, acidic edge, or grit that makes Gone Girl such a visceral sucker-punch to the sensibilities. If you felt the experience of reading Flynn’s novel was as pleasant as popping a Black Cherry-flavored Warhead in your mouth, you may find the sanguine sappiness of The Good Girl much more appealing.