The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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 30 years ago won't stay buried forever..."--
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062430243
0062430246
Branch Call Number: Slaughter, K
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SLAUGHTE K
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Characteristics: 515 pages ; 24 cm

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lpreston214
Aug 30, 2018

I'm puzzled by the other comments on this book saying it was "repetitive" or "redundant". People! The author is showing us stuff we did not know before. It's either stuff that was left out or letting us see an event from another's viewpoint.

This was a very good book, though there are some horrific scenes, some of which are mentioned multiple times as the characters are living and reliving these things day after day. I actually thought that was realistic about the plot. Even though the first scene takes place 28 years earlier than much of the book, its effect remains front and center with the sisters. That felt very real. The 2nd shooting was a bit strange. I felt like we were not given all the evidence. Everyone thought they knew who the shooter was, but what evidence did they base that on? Anyway, even though I figured out who the real shooter was early on, I still enjoyed this book very much. My first book by this author. I think I'll try another of her non-series books.

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Dream24
Aug 27, 2018

I was totally engrossed with this thriller from the get go. The opening chapter starts off with a bang and a horrific crime is committed against the Quinn family with devastating and ever lasting consequences. Physically, emotionally and psychologically the two girls, Sam and Charlie, are never the same and still feel and live with the aftermath decades later.

The story alternates between Sam and Charlie during the past and the present. Sam is brought back into Charlie and Rusty's life when a school shooting occurs in their hometown and Charlie is left slightly on the edge by flashbacks and her own haunted memories of that horrific night.

There is something about the author's storytelling that compelled me to keep reading, I was on a quest to find out what really happened that night and how else the Quinn family were affected by Rusty's actions as a lawyer.

I like how both women are portrayed. Sam with her physical disabilities and constant struggle, Charlie with her psychological struggle and unspeakable nightmare with ruining everything and everyone who gets close to her (except for Rusty, because....well.... he is Rusty and as their father he lived with the guilt of what happened that night). When the school shooting brings both sisters back together after years of silence and separation, they are forced to confront and re-live what happened that night, their guilt and what they thought really happened

In regards to the school shooting. You can see how teenagers and people can be so close minded and cruel. There is no end to the cruelty that taunts and haunts people. I feel bad for the girl, she obviously needs special help but was taken advantage of over and over again. I am glad that Sam and Rusty are there to fight the good fight on her behalf.

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twhitehead24
Jul 13, 2018

Charlie and Sam's lives are turned upside down when their mother is murdered in front of them then the murderers do horrific things to them. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie is involved in another horrific event and Charlie's husband calls Sam home - telling her that her sister needs her. Sam returns home and gets involved in the case - more than she wanted. As the case begins to unfold, Sam and Charlie begin to resolve their differences and work together. A great story that keeps the reader guessing as the plot unfolds. Will be reading more Karin Slaughter books!

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breannadr3
Jul 03, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I would say it there are places where the book is redundant! In those places I tended to skim over the text. But as a whole! I stayed engaged! I have recommended this book to friends and will again!

ehbooklover May 28, 2018

This was my first Karin Slaughter read and it likely won't be my last. While unbelievably gory at times, I did really enjoy this book. The characters were complicated and interesting. I loved all of the twists and turns. A dark, disturbing, and page-turning thriller.

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0007548100dmw
Apr 23, 2018

Another good book by Karen Slaughter. Book was a bit tedious at times, but ended up very well.

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megangell214
Apr 13, 2018

I am a big fan of Karin Slaughter and her Grant County and Will Trent series. But this stand alone book was one that I couldn't even finish. So many pointless details that have nothing to do with the story line, I got through 3/4 of the book (I skipped about 100 pages of nonsense and still kept with the storyline like I didn't miss a page) and still had not even gotten to the meat of the book. I have not had good luck reading her few stand alone novels. The story line could have been good if there wasn't so much fluff around the story. Not going to regret not finishing it though.

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talk2terih
Apr 11, 2018

Oddly enough, I had not heard of this author before and came to this story with no expectations, just an interest in the topics described in the promo. I sat down to read about 8 p.m. and the first time I raised my head from the pages it was 2 a.m. There is no higher compliment I can give an author than becoming so immersed in his or her story that I lose a huge chunk of time.

The storycraft here is great. Slaughter feeds us pieces of information slowly, but constantly, reeling the reader in like a prize catch. The characters are all rich and multidimensional. You are sure you would recognize them if you encountered them in the street. The Southern small town in all its simplicity and complexity is skillfully recreated.

The ending is a surprise, yet perfectly completes the series of circles that have defined the book.

Read it. You will be glad you did.

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USAF1969
Jan 27, 2018

THE GOOD DAUGHTER is another suspenseful read from Karin Slaughter. Creative story line, lots of twists and turns, and plenty of touches on some important issues of our times. It reads fast and is kind of hard to put down. One needs to be prepared for Slaughter's graphic scenes of bad behavior and violence. In this novel though she also touches on a couple of issues that are somewhat hard to process, including a school shooting. Still and all, this is her usual stuff and it is a good read.

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NRBBrady
Jan 08, 2018

This author did not disappoint with this latest novel. The details were repeated from various characters' perspectives, and were enhanced with each return to the memory banks of such a traumatic event. Graphic in some areas, but almost rote or clinical as appropriate for the character providing the detail. The graphic nature of this novel was appropriate for the crimes being relived. This author does not hold back, but I have read crime novels that were much more graphic, and those others were frequently extreme for just the shock value. Relationships were realistically complicated - and one needs to read to the very final pages for resolution. Great twists - I love that this author leaves no explanation forgotten as she weaves all the threads to the conclusion.

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