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The Good Daughter: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, August 8, 2017
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“Simply one of the best thriller writers working today. I’d follow her anywhere.” (Gillian Flynn)
“Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers, and if you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.” (Michael Connelly)
“Enter the world of Karin Slaughter. Just be forewarned, there’s no going back.” (Lisa Gardner)
“Fiction doesn’t get any better than this.” (Jeffery Deaver)
“A fearless writer. One of the boldest thriller writers working today.” (Tess Gerritsen)
“Every Karin Slaughter novel is a cause for celebration.” (Kathy Reichs)
“Karin Slaughter has – by far – the best name of all of us mystery novelists. More to the point, <em>The Good Daughter</em> is Karin Slaughter’s most ambitious, most emotional, and best novel. So far, anyway.” (James Patterson)
“Simply the best book you’ll read all year. Raw, powerful and utterly gripping – yet written with a tenderness and empathy that will break your heart.” (Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help)
“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)
“If you’re into mystery thrillers, then you’re into Karin Slaughter.” (The Skimm)
“It is Karin Slaughter at her very best” (Huffington Post)
“Chilling, but with a lot of heart, this is a thriller you shouldn’t miss” (Happy Ever After blog, USA Today)
“But the success of writers like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins and Karin Slaughter isn’t just due to the fact that they’re women... It’s about writers comprehending why women are so compelled by stories about brutal, graphic violence in the first place.” (The Atlantic)
“Though this is a crime novel, suspenseful and thrilling in every way, at its heart it is an exploration of family and the ties that persist through the most difficult moments... Slaughter delves into our darkest selves to reveal what is truly human.”
“The plot twists here are satisfyingly surprising and plausible, but it’s Slaughter’s prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers…Slaughter’s satirical touches are as deft as her grimmer renditions of real life.” (Washington Post)
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
This story had all Ms. Slaughter's usual elements, including the plot where everyone has their "bag of stuff" to deal with in life. Her characters have darker stuff than most. However, this one was my favorite because I loved the sisters.
You'll have to read it to find out why.
There were some twists toward the end; some that I expected and some that I didn't.
I will recommend this book to friends.