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The Good Daughter: A Novel Paperback – 22 January 2019

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  • Publisher : HarperCollins (22 January 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062696297
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062696298
  • Dimensions : 13.49 x 3.02 x 20.32 cm
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"It is Karin Slaughter at her very best" --Huffington Post

"Karin Slaughter has - by far - the best name of all of us mystery novelists. More to the point, The Good Daughter 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

"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

"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."
--Library Journal

"If you're into mystery thrillers, then you're into Karin Slaughter."--Skimm

"A fearless writer. One of the boldest thriller writers working today."--Tess Gerritsen

"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

"Chilling, but with a lot of heart, this is a thriller you shouldn't miss"--Happy Ever After blog, USA Today

"Enter the world of Karin Slaughter. Just be forewarned, there's no going back."--Lisa Gardner

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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.

Now 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. . . .

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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 January 2019
The story begins with a look back in time as we discover the devastating events that shaped the lives of two sisters, Samantha and Charlotte Quinn, fifteen and thirteen respectively. Their father, Rusty Quinn, is a defence lawyer who takes on very controversial cases, representing murderers and rapists. This doesn’t sit well with many people and death threats are routine. After an accused rapist was acquitted and the victim killed herself the family have been ostracised making life at school very difficult for Charlie and Samantha. The family house was petrol bombed as a result and burned to the ground, all their possessions destroyed. Rusty, his wife Gamma and the two girls moved into a ramshackle farmhouse that belonged to an old farmer before he died.

One night of unimaginable violence changed their lives irrevocably. Two masked men forced their way into the farmhouse, leaving the girls’ mother dead, Charlotte and Samantha traumatised and Rusty shattered.

The story is set in Pikeville, Georgia and twenty-eight years after the tragedy, Charlotte has followed in her father’s footsteps as a defence lawyer, although she has no intention of representing the same kind of people her father does. But once again Charlotte is exposed to horrific violence when she witnesses a shooting which brings the horror of past events to the fore, highlighting just how much those events are still affecting the sisters. Charlie and Sam haven’t spoken in years, neither have Rusty and Sam and Charlie’s marriage is at stake. Emotional pain, secrets, anger, all suppressed for so long, have to be dealt with before either can learn to love, forgive and move on.

Karin Slaughter has delivered a very dark, emotional and powerful story, peopled with complex but realistic personalities who drive the plot. The violence Samantha and Charlotte suffered as teens is recounted during the course of the narrative, and although in part it’s a repetition, it’s necessary for the story. Not everything is as it seems with accounts that differ, and those passages serve to deepen the characterisations and draw the reader, or in this case listener, in even more. Both timelines are woven together as the story progresses. The intricate and tangled relationships are compelling, an integral part of the story, and as the layers are peeled away, buried secrets are revealed.

Wonderful writing and twisty plotting, and in the main the fascinating characters are superbly crafted and developed. An intense and gripping story with an unexpected conclusion. A word of warning – the vivid and graphic imagery may not be for the faint hearted!

Susie James’ narration is spot on, her characterisations are distinct and enhance the emotions, tension and drama of the family’s complicated dynamics.
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