Author: Karin Slaughter
Book Title: The Good Daughter
Genre: Crime Fiction, Suspense
Published: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishing
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is shot in the head and covered with dirt in a ready grave.
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 that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…
I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the characters were so thoroughly established that I could pick them out of a crowd. I knew the habits and idiosyncrasies of each protagonist.
This writer is a master at character development. Like a quilting stitch that runs through three layers, she adroitly dangled many threads through to the completion of the story.
Though this is just January, I can promise you that this book will be on my top 10 list for best books of the year. It was that good.
If you pick it up, you will not want to put it down. The story is not so much about a devastating and brutal crime as it is about family and the ties that bind, regardless of the proximity or closeness of the people involved.
It is a book about how the past forms the pattern for our future. A ribbon that weaves through our experiences and development and then forms who we become. And it takes enormous strength to change that.
This book gets a star rating of five out of a possible five. I may just read it again soon.
It was truly that good.
About The Author:
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers.
Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls.
A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.