The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
hardcover; 528 pages
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter is an outstanding, intense,
exemplary, very highly recommended thriller. It will grab your attention
from the first page, become an obsession, and consume every free second
while wringing every emotion out of you. Seriously - this novel is
The prologue opens twenty-eight
years ago. After their Pikeville, GA, home had been burned down by
someone who didn't like their
father, attorney Rusty Quinn, the family moved into an old farm house.
Sisters Charlotte (Charlie) and Samantha (Sam) Quinn were in the kitchen
with their mother, Gamma, when Zach Culpepper and an accomplice broke
their home, looking for their father. Rusty wasn't there so the men
terrorized his family, murdering Gamma, and then traumatize and harm the
two sisters, leaving both physically and psychologically damaged.
Charlie is the good daughter. She is a lawyer, like her father, and
still living in Pikeville. She is currently separated from her husband,
ADA Ben Bernard, when she makes a poor life choice. This results in her
inadvertently being on the scene and a witness to a horrible crime and
tragedy that takes place in the local middle school. The crime
horrifies the whole town and causes Charlie to flashback to the trauma
from her childhood. Naturally, Rusty, who believes everyone deserves an
advocate, will take on the defense.
The Good Daughter is a wonderfully complex multilayered novel.
There is heart-wrenching violence, conflicted emotions and struggles
alongside humorous and heart-breaking scenes. The writing is, as
expected from Slaughter, excellent - sophisticated, detailed, and
intricate. The plot is perfectly presented, with the present day
contrasted with past events as more information slowly comes to light.
The setting, the character development, the twists... are all perfectly
executed. It held my rapt attention from beginning, tossed me around
through oh-so-many new developments, had me a messy-crying mess at one
point, and finally left me speechless and breathless at the end.
How many ways can I extol Slaughter for The Good Daughter? This
is a must-read for all fans of thrillers/crime novels. Really, read it.
It is an extremely rare
novel. Read it first, then take the flight. You will thank me for very
highly recommending it and then I predict you will look at Slaughter's
Disclosure: I received a copy of this
book courtesy of HarperCollins for TLC Book Tours.