Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

Title: The Good Daughter 
Author: Karin Slaughter 
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: August 8, 2017

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

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…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

“I’ve got to figure out before I die whether I want to be happy or I want to be right.” 

Karin Slaughter doesn’t mince her words. 

The Good Daughter was a gritty, violent dark novel which had me from the first page. 

The Good Daughter centers around two sisters Samantha and Charlotte Quinn who after a home invasion will never be the same. This event leaves both of them scarred for life. They have mental as well as physical scars. In a split second, they go from being a family to losing their mother, gamma. 

Their mother Gamma was special. She had a very high IQ. She had married Rusty, a defense lawyer who most of the town people hated especially after defending a rapist. Gamma and Rusty loved their two daughters. Samantha, the oldest daughter had a better relationship with Gamma and Charlotte had a better one with Rusty. As adults, both daughters had followed in the footsteps of their father. They are both attorneys. 

The sisters will become estranged for many years after a fight the last time they saw each other as adults. Neither knows what has transpired in the life of the other. But the estrangement will come to an end when a situation back home requires the presence of Samantha.

What a devastating story! It broke my heart. I was so sad about what these girls lost. Neither had healed from the major event in their lives but I felt like they were on the right track by the end of the book. They were entitled to some happiness after everything they have survived. 

The Good Daughter had a couple of good twists. One was easy to guess. The second one less so. 

Karin Slaughter's writing is addicting. She makes you believe these characters are real. You get to know them inside and out. From their fears to their hopes, to their souls. 

One last thing, the audios read by Katherine Early are superb. She has a great voice. Go ahead and give her a try.

I would recommend the Good Daughter to anyone looking for a writer who delivers a memorable story. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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