I received this book for free from Publisher, TLC Book Tours for review consideration, opinions expressed are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk. Purchases from these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you.The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow
Publication Date: Aug. 8, 2017
Setting: North America > USA > Georgia
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4* I really liked it – The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter is a dark and intense thriller about two legal eagle sisters who endure two unspeakable tragedies. No matter how hard they try to bury their past, they can’t heal, defend the accused killer or find justice until they uncover the truth.
“The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…
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 gooddaughter. 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…
Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.“
The Good Daughter is the first book that I’ve read by bestselling author Karin Slaughter. Now I knew she wrote thrillers, and I LOVE a good, can’t see the plot twists coming thriller. But honestly, I was shocked at the dark and graphic nature of the crimes. And since those scenes are revisited time after time after time and from each of the sisters’ perspectives, the visual images became more etched in my mind than I would have liked.
Now that I got that off my chest, overall I really liked the book. The characters were complex and puzzles in themselves I could not quite figure out. Dad, Rusty, notoriously defends the criminals of Pikeville, from thieves to accused rapists, there is seemingly no one he won’t defend successfully for a paycheck. His moral compass seems to be all out of whack. So why does he do it? Even after the wife he adored is brutally murdered in front of his daughters, why does he continue to defend the worst criminals of the city? Rusty was one of those characters that gets under his skin, you just don’t understand him until the author reveals all and suddenly you do.
As the title suggests, the focus really is on Rusty’s daughters, Sam and Charlie, two legal eagles themselves. You spend the book wondering which one is the “good” one. They both are haunted by the events of their childhood. Who can blame them? The crime scenes haunt me still after finishing the book a few days ago. They both have dark places in their mind they try to avoid and get past but they can’t until they find out the truth about the tragedies they witnessed. And the truth? I never saw it coming!
What I really liked about this book was getting behind the scenes from the lawyers’ points of view and the fine line they tread when they are also witnesses to the crimes. Their internal emotional struggle to find the truth but not really want to know it. How they come to terms with defending the accused and still seek justice for the victims.
Overall, The Good Daughter is quite an emotional, twisty, turny dark crime thriller and if you don’t mind the graphic nature of the crimes, then you won’t be able to put down this book.
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What kind of thrillers do you like? Do graphic crime scenes bother you? Leave me a comment and let me know.