I’m a really big Karin Slaughter fan. I loved her Grant County and Will Trent series and if you read my blog (granted, I’m not sure anyone actually does!) you will know I am not a huge series fan in general. But Pretty Girls, her last standalone was so so good. I really enjoyed that one, so I’ve been not so patiently waiting for my copy of her newest to come in at the library.
And it did! Actually, I got an ebook on loan and due to my huge book stack that I can never seem to get through, I didn’t start it on time and was going to have to return it when I was only halfway through. And the DAY I needed to return it, the hard copy I had on hold came into the library!
It was funny though, felt like such a fast read and when I got the copy from the library, I realized this is not a small book. Think over 500 pages long with kinda small print. But it’s worth it, I promise. The Good Daughter does not disappoint.
From the Publisher:
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 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 which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…
The Good Daughter is the best kind of book. It’s not a fast read because it’s easy to skim, its a fast read because I literally did not want to put it down and was turning the pages as fast as I could to get to the end. It’s a long book, so it took me more than a sitting or two, but it’s not the kind of book that you sigh when you see how long it is. It’s the kind of book that you’re excited is long because it’s that good.
You want to get to the end, but you’re also excited it’s taking a while because you really like the book. #booknerdproblems
The book opens on a scene 28 years ago, where 13-year-old Charlotte and her 17-year-old sister Samantha are adjusting to life in a broken down farmhouse the day after their comfortable home is firebombed by an angry member of the community. And, of course, their bad luck does not stop there.
The course of the rest of their lives takes a sharp turn that night. And of course, in typical Slaughter form, that’s the premise for the rest of the story that unfolds 28 years later. But through it all, we are taken back to the fateful night several times to further understand the whole story and how our past is something that is forever intertwined with our future.
I really enjoyed this one. It has mystery, romance (or at least romantic issues), twists, and it’s just compulsively readable. I loved the characters and it wasn’t overly crazy or unbelievable. It is one of those books that gives you some chills just because it reminds you that there is a lot of evil in the world, and sometimes it comes from unlikely places.
So, you could do what I did and wait a month and a half for your copy to come in at the library, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Hindsight is 20/20.
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