Book of the Month: A Novel Idea – March 2018

Hey y’all —

Right now, school is keeping me insanely busy (which I touched on ever-so-slightly in my last post)! I knew taking 18 hours would be a lot but I didn’t realize that it’d be a lot. I’ve been reading so much for class that it leaves no time and no desire to read for pleasure. But, this month, I found time and desire to sit down and read a book that wasn’t related to my classes.

One of my resolutions, or goals as I prefer, for the new year was to read more. This is where A Novel Idea, a new ‘series’ of posts on my blog, was born. While I didn’t read any books during February, I did read four — Little Fires Everywhere, Sharp Objects, Conscience of a Conservative, and The Girl on the Train — during January. You can read about those HERE.

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This month’s book of choice was The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I liked this book… but didn’t absolutely love it. Towards the end, however, I found myself glued to the pages… so maybe I did actually love it? This novel follows Mia Dennett, a young art teacher born to a prominent Chicago family. Mia is kidnapped by Colin Thatcher, who is supposed to turn her over to those he is working for (think of a hitman without the hitting). Instead, Colin decided to keep her in a remote cabin. Does she live? Do they find her? You spend the entire novel trying to put together the pieces of the story as it is told out of order.

If you read A Novel Idea – January, then you’d recall that I read Girl on the Train, which switches perspectives throughout the plot. In that book, I really struggled with this. I wasn’t a fan of the bouncing between characters, as I found that it muddied the storyline. The Good Girl also jumps back and forth between a few different characters. While I still didn’t love it, this one was much easier to navigate than Girl on the Train (in my opinion). I liked that it jumped back and forth between before the kidnapping and after finding Mia (dead or alive… I won’t spoil). I also think having 3 different perspectives added to the narrative. Fine, I admit. I wasn’t all that bothered by the jumping around (this time… but future authors, please don’t.) 😉

While I didn’t find this to be a page turner, I didn’t hate it. I thought it had enough  questions that I needed answers to, so I kept reading. It wasn’t so much a suspense novel either, which caught me off guard. I read that it was comparable to Gone Girl (one that I have yet to read, but love the movie) so I was expecting suspense and many thrills. If you’re into a little mystery, then I think you’ll find this one enjoyable.

Here are a few books that I plan on reading in the near future (also known as, the books I’m on hold for at the library): Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter and Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta.

Have you read any of these books? What books have you recently read or what are you currently reading? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let’s chat in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

5 thoughts on “Book of the Month: A Novel Idea – March 2018

  1. T. R. Noble says:

    In my stories, I do have a backstory in separate chapters of a person of interest revealed, but I try to make sure it isn’t as jumpy between chapters. Multiple narratives easily does get confusing and I aim to only do two (which focus of helping the reader understand what part of the timeline they are on too). When every other chapter is a person speaking that totally gets me off guard and is confusing, I hear ya!

    I’ve been going through the Wrinkle In Time books. I finished a book on the Donner Party (yep, THAT party) learned a lot. It followed the youngest daughter of Mr. Donner told the story, shared the truth, and then talked about her and her sisters’ lives when they finally got rescued. I just started reading a diary written in 1771 by a ten year old girl. One of her great great grandfathers was on the Mayflower. It’s interesting 🙂

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