Book Review: Good Girl by Miranda Smith

If somebody tells me they read a book in one or two sittings I’m all up in it. That’s what I’m here to tell you about this book today. Basically, it’s not one you want to miss.

Goodreads Blurb

Good Girl by Miranda Smith

My brother was thirteen the first time he tried to kill me.

These days, Della is a loving wife, a dedicated teacher, a woman trying to do her best. She has put her past far behind her. But she hasn’t forgotten the lessons she learned.

It’s just a regular morning when Della welcomes Zoey to her English class. She treats her like any other new student: assigns her a desk, hands out the work. But then she meets Zoey’s cold, calculating eyes and freezes as terrifying memories threaten to overwhelm her.

Della knows what evil looks like when it hides behind a confident smile. Her own brother, the town’s darling, couldn’t keep his true nature hidden forever. Della has been watching out for people like him ever since, determined to stop them before it’s too late.

When a student is viciously attacked and Della is sent a detailed account of the crime, she’s more convinced than ever that Zoey has darkness inside her.

But to make people believe her, she needs proof. Will she risk everything to get it? And without it, can she be sure she’s right?

Prepare to be hooked by this dark, gripping crime thriller, perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn, and Rachel Caine.

Good Girl Book Cover


This book was amazing! But that means I’m going to have a hard time telling you why. How is it that the best books are the most difficult to review?

Good Girl is jam-packed full of suspense despite the fact that you know who is doing what. Don’t be put off by that. You will still be gripped as Della alternates between Zoey and Brian’s stories. Both stories are equally good and I admire the author’s consistent plotline and the lack of silly red herrings.

What’s equally as good as the plotline is the character development. This is especially the case with Brian and Zoey. As their stories progress, we see them grow (albeit into the role of a psychopath) and we get insights into why they do what they do. Della’s growth is in some ways the opposite. We see her become stronger and better able to deal with what life throws at her. While they become worse, she becomes better. Also, I became more emotionally invested in Della as the chapters went on and I really enjoyed her as a character by the end.

Good Girl by Miranda Smith is out now.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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