The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter


The Good Daughter is published on 13 July 2017 by Harper Collins and is available to buy here

The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

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 smalltown 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 defence 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 archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again – and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised – Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever…

My thoughts

It is that time of year again! A new Karin Slaughter is released. Fabulous! I am a little sad, that there is no Will Trent or Sara Linton in sight. I am patient (not really). I can pretend to be patient. As Karin Slaughter is one of my absolutely favourite authors, it will come as no surprise that I adored The Good Daughter. I really LOVED it!

The Good Daughter takes us into the lives of a tragic family. The story starts with the nightmare of death and violence for two teenage sisters, Charlie and Sam and their parents. Their home comes under attack and the family is never the same again. The girls react very differently to this trauma. Twenty eight years later, we see where the horrors of 1989 have taken them. In the present day, there is a new violent act that Charlie gets caught up in. This leads to revelations about the past. What is the truth about 1989?

Beautifully written, you cannot help but feel for both sisters and what they have been through. They are very human and very scarred by the past. At times, I felt Charlie and her husband reminded me of Sara and Jeffrey Tolliver. They just did. Slaughter does write some gorgeous relationships, with complex and twisted dynamics. She does sisterly banter so well! She gets the level of violence and the tone just right. She never shies away from the darker side of life, as we have previously seen. No one can leave this book without feeling they have read something very special. In my mind, it matches the excellence of Cop Town.

Clever, heart-breaking with total Karin Slaughter magic and a pair of unforgettable sisters! I hope that this is the start of a new series (hint hint).

Totally Recommended!


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Reviewer with a mind of her own. This is a collection of book reviews, which started in 2014. Mostly crime and odd other genres thrown in. Some I loved. Some I loathed. You get the picture.
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4 Responses to The Good Daughter – Karin Slaughter

  1. I am super super super jealous! Wanna reas this so badly!

  2. Enjoyed your review! I’ve read a few of her standalones but no Will Trent although it’s at the top of my summer tbr, I’ve heard such great things about it

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