When I was single I lived by myself for a few years – no cats, I promise! – I considered myself a strong and independent person (I still do) but every now and then irrational fears about my safety would creep in at the most spontaneous and inconvenient times. I am not ashamed to admit that the slightest noise from outside had me bursting into a dark room armed with a water bottle (the closest and meanest object on my bedside table). I don’t know what this weapon of choice was supposed to do; drown a would-be assailant in Evian?
So while those moments of suburban terror are far behind me, a harmless moment of fear can be indulged in a good thriller. There are so many of these novels that shape the zeitgeist; Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Good Girl. In fact, The Good Girl is so zeitgeisty I think I discovered it on one of those Internet Lists – ‘what to read after you’ve finished The Girl on the Train’. I can’t remember the rest of the list, but I can remember The Good Girl.
The Good Girl is told from several different perspectives which is a literary device I enjoy. I think it is any easy way to not only get different perspectives, but also move the plot along in an interesting way. The chapters are also marked ‘before’ and ‘after’ so as a reader, you are aware that there is a pivotal moment that forms the apex of the novel. Eve, Gabe, Colin and finally Mia are all likeable and unlikeable in equal measure; the big reveal is surprising and worth the wait.
I really enjoyed this book. I think Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train are marginally better but this is definitely worth a squiz.
Evian bottle not included.