The Good Daughter

by Karin Slaughter

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Good Daughter

Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive

Gosh, what a story this is, dramatic, powerful, and so incredibly addictive. The Good Daughter is a standalone novel from Karin Slaughter. 28 years ago, as murder tore apart their family in a small town in North Georgia, one girl fled while the other stayed behind; in 2017 another act of violence threatens the family once more. From the very first page my whole attention was captured and kept prisoner until I had reached the end, and even now my thoughts still pop and burn. We start in 1989, and within a short time I found my body tensing, I was almost in fight or flight mode myself. I couldn't stop reading, each sentence branded my minds eye, and I could clearly see the drama as it unfolded in front of me. This really is clever writing, dots start to join up, creating a sinuous, convincing storyline. Even if thoughts of suspicion are already present, the impact of what is to come still breaks with intensity. The Good Daughter is a breathtaking whammy of a read, pure escapism at its best, and I can highly recommend it! 


Liz Robinson

The Good Daughter Synopsis

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...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008150792
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 512 pages
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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The Good Daughter Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Judith Waring - 'It is a very clever and very intelligently written novel with brilliantly rounded characters who 'live' so vibrantly inside your head'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'I love Karin Slaughter and I've loved every book she's written. Whilst differing slightly, this book is certainly no exception. I would definitely recommend this (or any) of her books!'
  • Michelle McKernan - 'This is a brilliant, compelling and well-written book... I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast, pacey thriller with plenty of twists and turns.'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'Well recommended. Good read. Wow what can I say, never fails to please. What a good author. Didn’t want to put the book down.'
  • Cathy Small - 'A gripping read that will keep you enthralled until the end.'
  • Nicola Lowes - 'A complex plot with two major twists at the end which keeps you turning the pages.'
  • Rebecca Cockeram - 'I wanted to get to the end and I didn't want it to end, that's when I know I've got a good book to read.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'Karin Slaughter tells a gripping tale about guilt and revenge but also about resilience and courage...I found the book horribly violent in parts but it was not gratuitous violence it was a necessary part of the plot.'
  • Emily Wright - 'a suspenseful background with enough insight to enable the reader to truly appreciate all that is to follow; my perseverance was rewarded with a plot that is as intricate as a spider’s web and just as deadly.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'I felt that the story was drawn out a tad too much and was quite frustratingly slow at times. But still a good read though not one of her best.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'it was hauntingly good! This is a must read for all Karin Slaughter fans.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'This is the first Karin Slaughter novel I have read and won't be the last.'

Karin Slaughter Press Reviews

'This is a great writer at the peak of her powers. Karin Slaughter is at her nail biting, heart stopping, emotionally draining best.' Peter James

'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, bestselling author of The Help

'The darkness of the past is very present in this utterly chilling thriller. With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last.'  Camilla Lackberg

'The best yet' Lesley Pearse

Praise for Karin Slaughter:

'I'd follow her anywhere' Gillian Flynn

'One of the boldest thriller writers working today'  Tess Gerritsen

'Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled'  Michael Connelly

'Passion, intensity, and humanity.'  Lee Child

'A writer of extraordinary talents.' Kathy Reichs

'Fiction doesn't get any better than this.'  Jefferey Deaver

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9780008150792
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008272098
Publication date: 30/07/2017
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780008150761
Publication date: 13/07/2017
Format: Hardback

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About Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 40 million copies sold across the globe, her novels have all been Sunday Times bestsellers. Slaughter lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. Her standalone novel Pieces of Her is now a Netflix series, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television. Author photo © Alison Rosa The Silent Wife is the 20th book by Karin ...

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