Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter, by Karin Slaughter (book cover image)


Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint.
One runs for her life. One is left behind . . .

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author—a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

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, 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 . . .

My Thoughts:

*WARNING* This book may be triggering.  The description of physical and sexual violence is extensive. Readers beware.

Could you imagine, as a child, witnessing first hand your mother’s violent death? This event impacts each and every day of Charlotte and Samantha’s life.  This book is told through 2 different perspectives, both Charlotte’s and Samantha’s.

Are things really as they seem?

Which one is the good daughter?

You will know in the end.

I wanted to give this book 5 hearts, however after reflection I can only give it 4 hearts.  For me, the graphic events that were described that led to the above warning, left me feeling physically ill. Had I known of the described sexual violence, especially against a child, there is no way I would have started reading this book. That is something I just can not stomach.

With that said, the rest of the book I found to be a great, but an emotional read.  It is a well-written book with many twists and turns. As for the characters, they  are well-developed. They seemed to jump off the page.  My favorite aspect of a book is always the idea that these books play out as a movie in my mind.

In the end, my last thought was that this book broke my heart.

I've got to figure out before I die whether I want to be happy or I want to be right. - Karin Slaughter, The Good Daughter



About the Author:

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 TownThe Good Daughterand Pieces of Her are all in development for film and television.

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Product Details:

  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (April 17, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062430254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062430250

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