TITLE: The Good Daughter
AUTHOR: Karin Slaughter
GENRES: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
PUBLISHED: August 8th 2017
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 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 traumatized – 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…
WHAT I THINK
“A possum stared at me through the door all night.” “That’s Bill.” Charlie turned on the giant television. “He’s my lover.”
The Good Daughter was intense yet still boring. The story started out so strong, it hooked me in right at the first page. I stayed up way past midnight because I couldn’t stop reading. But then it fell face first to the ground.
I ended up skim-reading quite a chunk from the point where Sam’s POV started. I understand that she got heavily injured as a child and thus her life is very different from her sister and father’s lives. Yet her chapters were boring, utterly boring. Way too many medical terms for my liking and most of it felt unnecessary to me and for the story’s purpose.
It did pick up pace again somewhere in the middle of the 500 pages and then it fell flat again. I realized who the real murderer was pretty quickly, it was pretty obvious. And that was the biggest problem I had.
I like to read mysteries that keep me guessing who is behind all that’s going on. For me it makes the whole story boring if I know from the beginning who’s guilty. It kind of takes away the whole purpose.
What I loved in this book was the family dynamics! Even tho the whole family had gone through something horrible and this all brought back bad memories, they were driven apart from each others, they still found themselves getting back to their old banter.
There were sarcastic comments, humor, biting comments, everything that usually goes between siblings and parents/kids. I just loved their family.
I didn’t like Sam one bit at first. She was bitter and to me it felt like she was blaming it all to Charlie. But as the story went on, I grew up liking her. She’s extremely smart!
The ending brought one twist tho that I did not see coming. Maybe I was too hooked up with everything else that I didn’t even think something like that would come.
But other than the surprising twist, the ending still left me hope for something more. I would have wanted to know more about their lives after all that the girls had to go through but, well. You can’t always get everything and it was still an enjoyable read.