Synopsis from HarperCollins:
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, and 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…
About: The Good Daughter is a mystery thriller written by Karin Slaughter. It was published on 8/8/2017 by William Morrow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, hardcover, 515 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This author has published 20 books, of which I have read The Last Widow. According to the publisher’s website, “One of the industry’s premier fiction and nonfiction publishers, William Morrow is home to bestselling and award-winning authors such as Ted Bell, Ray Bradbury, Meg Cabot, Patricia Cornwell, Deborah Crombie, etc. Founded in 1926 by American publisher William Morrow, the house celebrated its 85th birthday in 2011.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Good Daughter on 7/13/2020 and finished it on 7/19/2020. I read this book along with many other Bookstagrammers. It’s my first book club/group read. It’s fun and I recommended it. Rusty was a unique character. I admired the career he chose for himself. It took balls to do what he did. I’m surprised his daughter Charlie did somewhat of the same. She had more balls because she went to collect her fees at night in those neighborhoods. Sam chose the normal lawyer path I would have chosen for myself because it’s safe and earn big bucks. This book sure taught me a lot of law and medical conditions. I like Sam’s comeback to all the male dominance in the courtroom. I like smart clever characters and this book has them. I’m not used to kids calling their parents by name and it’s more of a shocking to me when they swear at their dad. Ben was so sweet and thoughtful! Jimmy Jack’s vocabularies was hilarious.
This book started with what happened to Samantha in 1989. Samantha’s father, Rusty, was an attorney representing all of the worst kinds of people in town. The consequences of his job was the danger his family ultimately faced. Then the story began, 28 years later, told in the third person point of view following Charlotte (Charlie), 41, currently a defense lawyer. She’s now married but there’s a mystery to their partnership. She went to the town’s middle school to return the phone when gunshots started. Of course Rusty will be the lawyer for the shooter, because he represented clients who looked guilty. The story switched gears and told about what happened to Charlotte, going back when she was 13. The second view was Sam, 44, successful lawyer in New York. She came home after 20 years because Charlie needed her. While in town, she had the family bond she lacked the last 28 years.
The Good Daughter was a fantastic read! Definitely fast paced. I loved the unique style of this author’s writing because she provided both views to the same scene. (Though, horrific as it was, I would have preferred to read through it once haha). This must be her specialty because I noticed the dual views to the same scene to the book I read last year, The Last Widow. Boob sweat, omg, the sisters’ relationship was wild. As smart as they both were, it’s funny when one tried to correct the other. Many twists at the end I didn’t see coming. I liked the search warrant scene. Charlie was so sharp minded and clever about the rights citizens have. The characters in this story were great and the plot, though intense, were well written. I recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, intense, mystery, courtroom, law, sisters
Trigger warning: rape
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Her most recent book, The Last Widow, features Sara Linton and Will Trent. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels Pieces of Her, The Good Daughter, and Cop Town are in development for film and television.
(Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).