The Good Daughter

Karin Slaughter


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.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) Two sisters deal with the unthinkable when they are young teens. This shapes the rest of their lives in many ways. Now 28 years later we see how they cope.

First off, those first chapters were horrific. Pull up your big kid pants because it’s a doozy of a story right off. I had to take a break, it was intense! When a story involves kids, it’s just a lot for my heart to take. Once I came back to it, the story unfolded with twists and turns.  Honestly, I was sucked in and couldn’t put it down. It helped that the women were adults, but how it all played out? Brilliant.

Slaughter has the ability to grab me and take off. Honestly, her books are typically too gory for me, but I stick around because somehow, these characters become endeared to me. I don’t know if it’s the horrific events or just great writing but I need to have a conclusion.  I love the stories for their unpredictability! 

This was very close to being a 5 star read for me. If I based it on entertainment alone, it would be 5 stars. However, the details were just a bit too much, bringing it down to 4 stars.

General content summary: F= 100+, N word: 1, arson burning a family home, cases involving rape and prejudice mentioned, after a rape a young woman hangs herself (previously, details, referenced multiple times), gun threat, gun death (a lot of detail, blood, gore), parental death, rape threat (multiple), physical violence (details, young woman, injuries, adult, multiple), plan to kill, gunshot, buried alive, active shooter at middle school (gunshots, death, blood, gore, adults and children), suicide threat with gun, gun shot, details of watching a death, concussion, anxiety, reference to a bike/auto accident involving a child and the child’s body in a casket (some details), reference to a killing (previous, some details), previous bullying (some details), sexual innuendo (multiple), pedophilia (some details, teens and adult, rape), previous miscarriages (details, multiple), alcohol, separated marriage, intimacy (some details, references), stabbing, previous spousal death (esophagus cancer, some details, care of spouse when sick), transgender person, infidelity, previous abortion (details), parental death (grief, some details), funeral and prep for it, anxiety and panic attacks, rape (details), infertility (multiple), masturbation reference, suicide threat, gunshot.

Thank you to BiblioLifestyle and William Morrow Books for the gifted copy!

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