The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter

One of the more highly anticipated August releases! The newest standalone novel from Karin Slaughter – THE GOOD DAUGHTER (releasing tomorrow, August 8th)

Thanks to William Morrow for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review! Be sure to check back this week for the #CJSReads2017 trio’s thoughts.

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

This was my first Karin Slaughter novel – I know, as a fan of the thriller genre I’m ashamed that it’s taken me so long. I was not disappointed! THE GOOD DAUGHTER is her newest standalone novel and I can’t wait to read more from her. At just over 500 pages, this mystery/thriller is a surprisingly fast read!

This begins in 1989 – two armed men break into the home of Samantha and Charlotte “Charlie” Quinn. They force the two girls out into the woods and leave their mother dead. They believe the attack was because of their father, Rusty Quinn’s job as a defense attorney. He would defend those that no one deemed as deserving and some of the worst criminals. This attack left the family broken.

Fast forward 28 years and Charlie has now followed in father’s footsteps and has become a lawyer. She stays in their small home town to work instead of moving off to the big cities. Things take a turn when Charlie finds herself as a witness to a school shooting. The case seems pretty open and shut – they found Kelly, a teenager with some mental disabilities, with the gun in front of two of the dead victims. However, when Sam returns to Pikeville, they both find themselves caught up in this case. It begins to bring back deep buried memories from that night 28 years ago when their family was attacked.

First of all, this book was so good! I’m so mad I haven’t picked up a Karin Slaughter novel yet! It was full of twists and turns – definitely not a predictable thriller. This was a very character driven novel but that did not take away from the plot or suspense. Slaughter does an incredible job creating these characters and getting the reader caught up in them. The trauma that Charlie and Sam endure as children and how it later affects them in adulthood. As well as how this had changed their relationship as a family – Rusty included. As a warning, there are some topics that not all readers will want to experience. Some very gory and violent scenes as well as rape – so just as a fair warning for potential readers.

I think that all of the storylines – the events on the night of the break in, the school shooting case, and the relationship between the sisters are all equally intriguing. The complexity of each story and the details that go into them amazed me. Sometimes in books with multiple storylines happening, one can get lost in the shuffle, but Slaughter did a great job keeping them all in focus.

If you love Karin Slaughter, then this is a no-brainer, but if you want a character driven, complex, and suspenseful read then look no further! You need to grab a copy of THE GOOD DAUGHTER. Now, I’m off to grab more of her books!

 

So I have PRETTY GIRLS, but what are some other Karin Slaughter books I should pick up next?

–Jess

 

 

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