Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Karin Slaughter - The Good Daughter

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, Charlotte 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, Charlotte 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.

My Review

It has been a while since I read a Karin Slaughter book and I enjoyed this one. While for me it was a slightly slow paced read to begin with, the story was good and kept me interested throughout.
I found the family dynamic really interesting to read about, how each member dealt with the tragedy that shook their lives forever.
The scenes described from 28 years before were quite upsetting to read about. The flashbacks are told from both Charlotte and Samantha's sides. The scenes described, for me, were quite graphic but it did add to the book and didn't seem to be thrown in for shock value.
Samantha has returned to her small home town for the first time in a very long while. She has come back to try and help her younger sister. Both sisters still bear physical and emotional scars from the night of the tragedy. The sisters don't have the best relationship and Samantha especially doesn't have a good relationship with their father. 
The story goes back and forth in time and is told from different sides, done in such a way that it wasn't confusing and I knew exactly what was going on.
This book is definitely not for someone looking for a light read. But if you like intense reads with twists and turns, this is a book for you.


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