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 smalltown 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 defence 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 archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare.
Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever…
Unlike most crime writers who have a lengthy series, Karin Slaughter’s books never get stale or same-y. ‘The Good Daughter’ grabbed me right from the first page and I just couldn’t put it down. I expected it to take me good few days to get through because of the length but I just devoured it in two days!
We are thrown into the action within a couple of pages with the story opening with a horrific attack at the Quinn home in 1989. Then we jump twenty eight years later, and we see Charlie Quinn once again thrown into a breathe-holding, tense situation. As the story progresses, new things come to light about the awful attack on the Quinn family and Charlie has to re-live the nightmare she thought she’d put behind her.
There are heaps of twists in this book and it’s a non-stop action ride. But it’s not just a great thriller, it’s also a story of family and relationships. It’s the story of how one family re-built their lives after it was torn apart and nearly destroyed. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Charlie and her father, Rusty. He reminded me a little of my dad actually, always cracking jokes and never being serious (until he really needs to be!)
As with all Slaughter books, ‘The Good Daughter’ is very graphic in places and not for the faint hearted. So readers who like gentle crime – this is not the one for you! However, if like me you love abit of grit and gore then you’ll love this. Full of suspense, riveting and compelling, this is a superb crime read.
BOOKISH CORNER RATING – 5/5 STARS
Karin Slaughter’s first novel ‘Blindsighted’ (2001) became an international success, was published in almost 30 languages, and made the Crime Writers’ Association’s Dagger Award shortlist for “Best Thriller Debut” of 2001. She is the author of sixteen novels, and her most recent novel, ‘The Kept Woman’ was published in 2016. Slaughter has sold more than 35 million copies of her books, which have been published in 36 languages. Her books have debuted at number in the United Kingdom, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community. Now residing in Atlanta, she is widely credited with coining the term “investigoogling” in 2006.
‘The Good Daughter’ is out now in hardback published by Harper Collins. With thanks to the team at Harper Insider for my review copy.
If ‘The Good Daughter’ grabs you, then try these next
‘Blindsighted’ by Karin Slaughter
‘Cop Town’ by Karin Slaughter
‘The Crucifix Killer’ by Chris Carter
‘Postmortem’ by Patricia Cornwell