Title: The Good Daughter
Author: Karin Slaughter
Pub Date: August 8th, 2017
My Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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…
Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.
If you’re looking for a book that will keep you awake whole night, look no further than this book by Karin Slaughter. The Good Daughter is seriously good. The author is a well know mystery and thriller writer, but this book is the first I read by her. I will soon read something by her, because if all her books are so well written and thought out, then I’m in a mystery reader heaven. And hell at the same time, because Slaughter is really mean to her readers. She makes us read all the disturbing and horrifying details of a crime, not once but thrice. From different points of view, but every time with excruciating details.
The Good Daughter examines quite a few important aspects of our life – family, trauma, grief, love. First, we learn about the scary past. And then we learn about a scary present. Character development is exquisite, and I have no words on how impressed I am. The dynamic between characters, the awkwardness, love, hate, anger, disgust, you can feel them yourself. It all works perfectly together. The author created strong and flawed characters, that are too real.The book is filled with sadness. Grief and trauma and one of the main issues of the story, they drive the plot. I was hard for me to read some of the more heartbreaking and horrifying stories. Slaughter is not only mean to her readers, she is an embodiment of evil to her characters. Throughout the book, she hits them and hits them again with more and more destroying events and news.
I’m deliberately trying to avoid providing any information about the story. I prefer to know nothing about a thriller I’m about to read. It’s just much more fun when you have a chance to learn all the details as you read, and don’t look forward to when stuff mentioned in the blurb will happen. If you’re willing – trust me and read this book.