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The Good Daughter: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 8, 2017
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This is a stand alone book. It takes place mostly in a small town about 2 hours from Atlanta. The book starts with events that happened 28 years ago and then jumps into the present. Several of the main characters are lawyers but it isn't really a legal thriller even though there is a really fun courtroom scene. One of the things I enjoyed about the book is that it isn't just about the present day case -- much of the book is about the events that happened in the past and how they are affecting the characters in the present and their relationships to each other. The characters were really well done, I could almost hear them bickering with each other out loud as I was reading. You will care about what happens to them.
But it wouldn't be a Karin Slaughter book without a compelling mystery. I could not put it down and had no guesses what would happen so the ending came as a big surprise to me. And even if I had tried to guess, there were so many twists and turns I would have been wrong.
This is a great beach read but also a great book to read any time and any place.
When it comes to suspense thrillers, no one does it better than author Karin Slaughter. Hence, the reason I was so excited to get my hands on her latest novel, “The Good Daughter.” Sadly, though, this book failed to live up to my lofty expectations. As usual, the quality of her writing is without dispute. But, based upon this author’s previous books, I held firm to my preconceived belief that her latest novel would be a darker, grittier, and more intense story than it actually is.
In and of itself, “The Good Daughter” is still a very compelling story. But it’s a story that unfurls slowly, lacking the driving force necessary to move the story along at the quicker pace I’ve come to both expect and desire. Fueling my disappointment even further, is that early on, I was able to deduce much of what was covertly held back, leaving no true surprises or shocking revelations in the story’s wake.
Clearly, much of my dissatisfaction with “The Good Daughter” falls heavily upon my shoulders and less on the author’s. And while it might not be the story I had been expecting, “The Good Daughter” is certainly not without merit. Take the story’s main characters, for example. Each are well developed, complex, and at times, even utterly confusing. I didn’t always understand the motivation behind their words and actions, but the inability to predict their reactions in any given situation, offered a fascinating dynamic to the story as a whole.
By far, Samantha & Charlotte’s father, Rusty, was the most enigmatic character of them all. Seemingly oblivious to the numerous trials and tribulations that both his daughters endured, I had a hard time getting a handle on the perplexing man who turned out to be more perceptive than I’d originally thought. Then there’s Ben—a man still very much in love with his estranged wife, but utterly clueless as to how to reach beyond her carefully constructed wall. To some extent, Samantha and Charlotte’s estrangement made a bit more sense. Both haunted by the indelible scars resulting from one shared and fateful day, meant revisiting that day repeatedly whenever in each other’s presence.
As for Gamma and Lenore, they made for interesting—albeit, quirky--secondary characters. Without question, their presence throughout the book added a unique touch of realism to the story in general. But the influence they both exuded over Samantha, Charlotte, and Rusty, was clearly paramount in each of their daily decisions and actions.
With “The Good Daughter,” Karin Slaughter delivers a story that’s more character driven than suspenseful, focusing primarily on one family’s tragic ordeal and the resulting aftermath. So, while it might not be my favorite Karin Slaughter book to date, it is still a book worth reading—especially if you go in armed with the knowledge that this is a very different story than what this author typically writes. Knowing this in advance, I’m confident that you’re reading experience will be one that’s much more positive than mine.
Rusty Quinn was a man of many words and many beliefs. First and foremost he believed that everyone had a right to a fair trial, which is why he defended the vilest of the vile, always knowing that his family was shunned in their small town because of his cases. And then it all came crashing down around him.
Twenty-eight years ago two men came looking for Rusty but instead found Gamma, the wife he adored, and his daughters Sam and Charlie. The night left Gamma dead and Charlie and Sam fighting for their lives. The events, told this time from Charlie’s point of view, detail what happened to her mother and her sister and how she ran as fast as she could to escape.
Charlie has been running ever since.
Fast forward 28 years to a horrifying shooting that rocks the small town and Charlie finds herself right in the middle of it, peeling the scabs off of the wounds that had never really healed. Head-strong, willful, deeply angry Charlie throws herself headlong into making things right. Rusty, as usual, is the only one ready to defend the girl at the center of this egregious crime again putting his life in jeopardy.
Once again, Karin Slaughter has managed to write a novel that is both grisly and beautiful, lurid and poignant. A book about hatred and healing, fear, and misunderstanding. A book about the power of forgiveness and the desperation of hate.
As with most of Karin Slaughter’s books, the audio version of The Good Daughter is read by Kathleen Early who, as always, brings something specific to every character, even if it is in just a subtle way. She does a superb job of relaying the anguish, the love, the hurt and the hate in a way that leads you straight into the mind of each and every character. I could listen to her read all day and all night. Especially if it was a Karin Slaughter novel.
I recommend this book wholeheartedly Five out of five stars for writing. Five out of five stars for the audio. But beware, once you begin, you are opening your heart for one huge emotional ride!