The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reading this reminded me of another good debut mystery from a few years ago (not going to name it because it would spoil this one).
The story of Mia's kidnapping and her Stockholm Syndrome-esque response to being rescued is told from a variety of viewpoints: her mother's, the policeman assigned to the case and "Owen", her kidnapper. There's also play with the timeline, as we open with the discovery she's gone, then move from kidnapping to present day and back. Why she was kidnapped in the first place is not revealed until the very end, and even then it's only told to us, the reader, not to any of the characters. It almost doesn't matter in terms of the action/reaction, but without it Mia herself doesn't quite make sense. To be honest, I had pegged someone else as the instigator and was really pleased to be proven wrong!
My hope is that the final version makes it easier to tell whose voice we're hearing, and that the jumping around doesn't turn people off. This was a great debut and I can't wait for her next effort.