Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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About the Book

The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown 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 defence 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 archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever …

 

My Review

The first thing I need to say is that this review is intentionally vague and very short. The burning question is why? Well, there was no easy way to review the book without spoiling plot twists so for that I will remain unapologetic. I want everyone to enjoy as much as I did and in this instance, in my humble opinion, less is definitely more.

I must confess that this is the first book I have read by this author but I will certainly be adding all her other novels to my list. I was gripped from the first page. The characters are multi layered, believable and well rounded. The Quinn family have faced trauma, heartache and immense loss in their lives, how will they survive when another tragedy hits the small town of Pikeville, which again rocks the family’s already fragile core.

I loved Charlie, she is strong, dependable but underneath, vulnerable and troubled. Her father Rusty, the defense attorney, takes on the cases that other lawyers will not touch, sometimes to the detriment of his loved ones. He is passionate about his work, but is this devotion misplaced?

The intricacies of the Quinn family relationship weave effortlessly through this crime drama. You invest into the well-being of Rusty and his family whilst desperately trying to unravel the mystery of the shooting in the school and uncover what actually happened on that night in Pikeville, twenty-eight years ago.

From the very first chapter, you hit the ground running and the pace stays constant throughout. The ending did not disappoint, the web of intricate storylines fits together beautifully. It is graphic at times but this just makes the characters more compelling and you are swept away with the outstanding storytelling.

I was sent this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

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  1. Love this review, enough to raise the interest not enough to spoil the book… and I went across to check it out for my kindle. Definitely one to put on the tbr wish list.

      1. You’re welcome! She has 2 wonderful series that I highly recommend, the Grant County series and Will Trent series. Both are brilliant! But..I tell everyone you have to read the Grant County series first. It is 6 books, starting with Blindsighted and then it ends. Then you read Will Trent, who is an agent with the Georgia Federal Bureau of Investigation, and I love him! It’s still an ongoing series with 8 books so far, and one of the main characters from the Grant County series becomes a permanent part of the series in book 3, so that’s why I say it’s best to read Grant County first to avoid spoilers about their life because she is one of my favorite characters! I love that she’s in both series…a really strong, intelligent female. I hoped that helped!! She also has 2 standalone books, Pretty Girls and Cop Town, which are both really good. Pretty Girls is also about sisters but a lot more violent and disturbed than The Good Daughter, and Cop Town is a good detective story set in the 1970s that deals with sexism in the police department and has lots of suspense too! 😊

      2. You’re welcome! I do! I love to read more than anything though just read so much that I usually have a favorite or two to recommend 😊

      3. Have you read anything by Lisa Gardner? Her books are good. She has standalone and several series. I like all of them. I really like Taylor Jenkins Reid if you haven’t read her. Contemporary/Chick lit. Her books always make me cry lol.

      4. Your welcome! I’m on Goodreads if you want to look me up 😊 The Late Show by Michael Connelly is good; I just finished that last night. It’s about a female detective in L.A..

      5. Lol!! I would have never have thought you were! I’ll check my GR and accept 😊 And I’ll find you on Pinterest although I probably use it more for dessert than anything haha

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