The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

Large Print - 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 :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062686831
Branch Call Number: LP FIC SLA
Characteristics: 780 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Dec 07, 2018

This book had some creative twists and turns. The plot was really creative. I really enjoyed this book but would warn anyone who is going to read it there were a lot of inappropriate scenes and words and some triggers to a couple of different things (I don't feel like I can disclose them without it spoiling the ending of the book).

Nov 16, 2018

Slaughter is the queen of cut and paste. (Did you notice how she added nearly 100 pages to this book with copy and paste?) I was annoyed with the use of copy and paste in her series books, so I thought I'd try her stand alone book, and I was shocked at how much was repetition. She does change details in the repeated story of the mother's death, so we can't just skip through even the fifth time she tells is.
Yes it is annoying, and yes, she enjoys the gory and disgusting things she has happen to her characters, but there is still a very good story, and most of the writing is above average. This is NOT suitable for teens of cozy mystery lovers.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Apr 23, 2018

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

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.

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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