“The Good Daughter will have you hooked from the first page to the last, and will stay with you long after you have finished reading!
One ran. One stayed. But who is…the good daughter?
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s childhoods were destroyed by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – a notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family consumed by secrets from that shocking night.
Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. But when violence comes to their home town again, the case triggers memories she’s desperately tried to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family won’t stay buried for ever…”
Welcome bookish friends to damppebbles and to my review of The Good Daughter by hugely popular author, Karin Slaughter. The Good Daughter was published on 3rd May 2018 and has been lingering on my NetGalley shelf for far too long. I received a free eARC of this book but that has in no way influenced my review.
Yes, yes, yes, I’m absolutely kicking myself that it’s taken me so long to read this book. I used to read everything by Karin Slaughter like my life depended on it but I have to confess I haven’t picked up one of her books for a little while now. I still remember parts of her book Blindsighted, the first book in the Grant County series, so vividly. I think I was expecting something similar when I made a start on The Good Daughter but how wrong could I have been?! This felt like it was written by a completely different author to the Grant County or Will Trent novels. I’ve always enjoyed Slaughter’s work. The Good Daughter I absolutely loved.
Charlotte and Samantha Quinn are used to trouble. Their father, Rusty, is the local defence lawyer and his reputation proceeds him. But not in a good way. Rusty is the reason some of the worst lowlifes in Pikeville, Georgia walk free. So the family are often on the receiving end of angry, bitter abuse. One day their lives turn upside down when two masked gunmen enter their home. Rusty is at the office so the girl’s mother, Harriet, tries to calm the situation down and protect her daughters. But the unthinkable happens and Harriet is killed in cold blood. Her young daughters bearing witness to the tragedy. The gunmen are forced to rethink their plans. After all, there can be no witnesses – and now the girls must die too. But Charlotte manages to escape. Samantha, unfortunately, isn’t so lucky. Now, 28 years later, Charlotte is a lawyer just like her father with problems of her own. She unwittingly becomes involved in a terrifying school shooting which leaves the head teacher and a young girl dead. The incident brings horrific memories of her own flooding back because the truth can’t be buried forever…
This book really is something quite special. I was completely emotionally involved with it from start to finish and savoured every single word of The Good Daughter. I didn’t want it to end and could have happily read another 500 pages or so. There are so many brilliant moments within the story; young Charlotte’s palpable fear and indecision when the moment to escape comes – leaving her older sister to certain death, the wonderful twist fairly early on in the book that you just don’t see coming, the relationship between Charlotte and her father, when Lenore, Rusty’s secretary’s, story is revealed to the reader. So many fantastic little touches that when added together make something truly magnificent. It’s also very dark with a number of terrifying and upsetting scenes.
Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. It does include some very harrowing and disturbing scenes which involve a young Charlotte and her attackers. I don’t want to give any spoilers away but it’s important you know that these scenes are distressing. I fell in love with so many of the characters in The Good Daughter and I still, after having read this book a few months ago now, remember them vividly. A book which will stay with me for a long time to come and will most likely feature in my top ten books of the year list. Highly recommended.
I chose to read and review an eARC of The Good Daughter. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
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Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 37 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her novels Cop Town, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.
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