Author : Karin Slaughter
Title : The Good Daughter
Series : Good Daughter #1
Pages : 500
Publisher : Harper Collins
Publication date : July 13, 2017
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.
Karin Slaughter is at the top of my “favourite authors” list and has been for years. Not having read anything bad by her since I started reading her books, my expectations are always incredibly high and once again she manages to exceed them effortlessly. There may be embarrassing gushing ahead. Fair warning.
Twenty-eight years ago, the Quinn family was the victim of a brutal attack which left the mother dead, the father devastated and two sisters irreversibly damaged. Now, violence comes to the small town of Pikeville again and the secrets of that fateful day almost three decades ago are beginning to come to the fore.
The Good Daughter delivers some incredibly masterful storytelling. There’s a fantastic depth to the story with a rich atmosphere and brilliantly developed and complex characters. The author covers various themes like love, loss, grief, guilt, forgiveness and redemption while also somehow crossing over into multiple genres. This isn’t strictly crime fiction. It’s also a psychological suspense novel and even a bit of a legal thriller and also succeeds in focusing on family dynamics. It just has everything!
While it is not as fast paced as some of her previous books nor as graphic, although some scenes were somewhat gruesome (bloody hate anything to do with eyes!), I was nonetheless gripped from start to finish and went slightly crazy trying to figure out how these events were connected, if at all. There was one part of the tragedy in the present that I figured out quite early on but that didn’t ruin my reading experience at all.
In case it wasn’t obvious, I loved this book! I truly think this is a masterpiece and undoubtedly proves that this author deserves all the accolades that come her way. I can’t help but bow down at the altar of the utter brilliance and awesomeness that is Karin Slaughter and I positively can’t wait for whatever comes next. Be it another stand-alone or an addition to the Will Trent series, I’ll be first in line and I will be using my elbows, people!
The Good Daughter was published in the UK on July 13th.