- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (August 8, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062430246
- ISBN-13: 978-0062430243
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,440 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Every Karin Slaughter novel is a cause for celebration.” (Kathy Reichs)
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“This is a great writer at the peak of her powers. Karin Slaughter is at her nail biting, heart stopping, emotionally draining best.” (Peter James)
From the Back Cover
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind . . .
The stunning new novel from the internationally #1 bestselling author—a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.
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, 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.
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This is probably more of a real world story, but I really liked the Will Trent and Grant County series much better. These prior series had flawed hero's and a sense of hope. I didn't get that at all from this book. Of all of Ms Slaughter's books, I think there is only one 'intimacy' scene that's not rape. This book has a graphic child rape. That is a very disturbing read.
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.
Samantha and Charlotte Quinn are now in their early forties. Known as Sam and Charlie to family and friends, they're the daughters of Russell (Rusty) Quinn, a criminal defense lawyer who has gained the enmity of nearly everyone who lives in the region. He has defended murderers and rapists, often successfully, and frequently receives death threats as a consequence. ("There was not one low-life alleged criminal in Pikeville, Georgia, that Rusty Quinn would not represent.") Both Sam and Charlie are also lawyers. Sam is a hugely successful patent attorney in New York; Charlie defends children.
Twenty-eight years ago, their mother, Harriet ("Gamma") Quinn, was murdered in the kitchen of their home by two young local men as her daughters looked on. Fifteen-year-old Sam was shot in the head and buried alive. Twelve-year-old Charlie escaped by running through the woods adjoining their farm. The action in The Good Daughter alternates between the murder scene and the present day and shifts perspective from one daughter to the other as well as other characters. Their somewhat different recollections dramatically illustrate the unreliability of memory.
The story is anchored in the present because Charlie accidentally witnessed a school shooting. A teenage woman shot the principal of the middle school she'd attended and a little girl who was visiting her mother, one of the teachers. Separated from her husband, she had visited one of the other teachers to swap cellphones which had gotten exchanged when they spent the night together. As the story unfolds, the repercussions of the school shooting gradually coincide with the events on the day of Gamma Quinn's murder. Slaughter masterfully weaves the two plots together, building suspense to a crescendo in the closing pages of the novel. Her novels have sold thirty-five million copies and have been international bestsellers—and it's no wonder. Karin Slaughter is without doubt one of today's most talented and accomplished thriller authors. I rush to buy every new thriller she writes.
The three women characters central to the plot in this new thriller are all brilliant. The mother, "Harriet Quinn wasn't called Gamma out of a precocious child's inability to pronounce the word 'Mama,' but because she held two doctorates, one in physics and one in something equally brainy that Samantha could never remember but, if she had to guess, had something to do with gamma rays." Sam has inherited her mother's smarts: at forty-four, she's about to become a named partner at one of the world's leading firms of patent attorneys. Charlie, who is much closer to her father, is only a little less intelligent.