The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
(The Good Daughter #1)
Hardcover, 530 pages
Published August 8th, 2017 by William Morrow

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.

My thoughts…

In 1989, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's father, Rusty, is a lawyer in the small-town Pikeville. He represents some of the worst criminals, some of those criminals have committed crimes so horrific that they're now on death row. Someone is going after Rusty, their family home is burned to the ground causing them to move into an old farmhouse.

Before they even get a chance to make the farmhouse feel like home, two armed men force their way in, murdering their mother and turning their lives completely upside down. Charlotte and Samantha are forced at gunpoint into the woods behind the farmhouse. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years later, Charlie and Sam are both left with physical and mental scars. It’s difficult to be around each other without serving as a reminder of the horrendous night. Charlie has followed in her father's footsteps and is now a lawyer in small town Pikeville. Charlie is a defense attorney, she wanted to help everyday people who found themselves in trouble. When Charlie witnesses a horrific act of violence at a local school, old feelings and memories rise to the surface. It forces her to face things that she tried hard to suppress.

Once again, Karin Slaughter had me glued to every word. I was so invested in all the characters that I couldn’t read it fast enough. I pretty much neglected my family and all the household chores, it was intense and shocking. The characters are so vivid and their emotions so raw, I found myself right there among them.

The Good Daughter is a deeply emotional, character-driven family drama, with a setting of two brutal crimes. The events that take place are not for the fainthearted, there is some content in this book of an extremely violent and graphic sexual nature. There were some parts that had me cringing. If you are particularly sensitive to this, I would not recommend this book for you. If you are looking for an addictive thriller with a thoroughly captivating plot, this book is for you.

Happy Reading!


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