Book Reviews

The Good Daughter

Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: August 8, 2017 by William Morrow
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Hardcover: 511 pages
My Rating: 5 stars
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Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Karin Slaughter is the bestselling author of twenty plus books for a reason – she is a great writer. She knows how to bring a scene to life; her characters feel like people you know, or would like to know; she peppers in a few laugh-out-loud moments to ease the tension, and completely draws you into the story.

The Good Daughter is a character driven, deeply emotional story woven into another story involving two brutal crimes. One which happened twenty eight years ago when a home invasion leaves the two little girls, Samantha and Charlotte’s lives upside down. The other happening in present day and involving a school shooting.

Rusty, Samantha and Charlotte’s father, is a lawyer who is hated by many because he represents drug dealers, murderers, rapists, and in this story represents the school shooter that leaves an 8 year old little girl and a school principal dead. I thought this was such an interesting plot line. Most books I read focus on lawyers that prosecute the bad guys, not defend the bad guys.

The first part of the book focuses on Charlotte and her father who still live in the southern town they are from. I was so invested in the story and the characters that by the time we got to Samantha’s story, I really wanted to know what became of her.

This book packs a lot of subjects in one novel: miscarriage, abortion, rape, a school shooting, home invasion, the death penalty, there’s even a transsexual character in the book.
It explores family dynamics – love, regret, secrets kept. There are only a handful of main characters, so not only do you really get to know them, but the easy to follow plot makes it easy to set the book down and pick it back up without missing a beat.

This book is heartfelt and endearing and it makes you feel all the feelings, but at the same time it has graphically violent scenes, but I just loved the fact that it had it all. I love Karin Slaughter’s writing. This book has turned me into a fan. The first book of hers that I read earlier this year, Pretty Girls (you can read that review here), did not quite have that effect on me, but now, I will read anything she writes!

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