The Good Daughter
Author: Karin Slaughter
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Pages: 528 (HC)
Goodreads Synopsis: 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…
The Good Daughter is an utterly emotional roller-coaster. From the beginning, it leaves a look of shock on my face as Charlie is taken through one of the worst moments of her life. Those first few pages definitely sets the reader up for what is to come and what kind of a story you can expect this novel to be. It is gripping and extremely heart breaking in several parts as Charlie tries to continue on with her life amidst everything she has had to be a witness to.
What makes this novel even better is what a great character we have in Charlie, who can at times be impulsive, brutally honest, endearing, and a force to be reckoned with. She’s what this whole book is built around and it’s done so perfectly well that it leaves you wanting more of this story, knowing that it will be filled with many more thrilling and tear-jerking moments.
It was made even more of a stronger read by one of the main tragedies that occurred in this story, something that has been happening a lot of lately and with a feeling of no end in sight. It’s not sugar coated whatsoever and makes the reader ponder on the importance of everything going on around us every day. Even if that wasn’t the intention, as it’s a work of fiction, it really does feel like it leads us in that direction.
This novel doesn’t stop there, instead it gives us more of those mystery vibes one hopes for in a novel like this, with an endless amount of what would you do moments. It continues on that way for the rest of this book, never leaving the reader without a pause for thought as we’re taken through the harrowing recounting of what transpired that day in Charlie’s adult life, which continuously made her mind reconnect with what transpired twenty-eight years ago in her youth.
I hadn’t read any other books by Karin Slaughter and probably wouldn’t have if I hadn’t received this book for review, which would have been a shame. It was a really good novel that left me wanting to read more books written by her. So, I looked into other books she’s had published and purchased one so far, hoping to get my hands on a few more. As for this one, it’s definitely not a book to miss!
***I received this copy from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***