After loving Slaughter’s previous standalone novel, Pretty Girls, I was so excited to read The Good Daughter, and I bloody loved it, from beginning to end!
The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from No.1 bestselling author Karin Slaughter.
One ran. One stayed. But who is…the good daughter?
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s childhoods were destroyed by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father – a notorious defence attorney – devastated. And it left the family consumed by secrets from that shocking night.
Twenty-eight years later, Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer. But when violence comes to their home town again, the case triggers memories she’s desperately tried to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family won’t stay buried for ever…
Wow, what an opening! The Good Daughter has a fantastic prologue, one of the best I have come across – this novel owns the phrase “a gripping opening!” It was dangerous, murderous, thrilling and chilling.
After the brilliant prologue, the story starts 28 years later, and the plot that followed took me by complete surprise, I was not expecting any of what occurred, but I loved it all. I’m not going to tell you anything, because the blurb holds back, and so will I! You just need to know that everything connects, comes full circle in a very impressive fashion. And as things are connecting, you have your shocking moments, your tender moments, your moments of rage, a whirlwind of emotions surrounding a novel with family-ties at the heart of it.
This notion of ‘the good daughter’ is one I really enjoyed, because both of these sisters suffer trauma that will break anyone, and as they try to live their lives as adults, you can see how much the past haunts them. It’s almost impossible to lay blame on either sister for anything that occurs, because, damn, they’ve been through the wars!
One of the things I have come to love is Slaughter’s no holds barred writing style – it’s raw, it’s real, in a no fucks given fashion, Slaughter is going to thrill your socks off! The Good Daughter is part crime thriller, part legal thriller, part psychological thriller – the perfect blend for any crime fiction fan.
And, what a fantastic narrator Susie James is. I planned to read this novel, and just listen to parts when I was travelling, but after hearing James read the prologue, I knew I would be listening to all 15 hours of audio. I’m so picky about narrators, and easily find fault with them, but James was amazing. Whether you opt for the audio, the ebook or a print copy, you need this book in your life!
When I finished this novel, my immediate thought was Slaughter wins! Wins what, you ask? She wins everything, she wins at life, with an A+ in crime thriller writing! The Good Daughter wins, her previous novel, Pretty Girls, wins – and now I must go and read every book she has ever written!