- By Karin Slaughter

The Good Daughter

  • Title: The Good Daughter
  • Author: Karin Slaughter
  • ISBN: The Good Daughter
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  • Page: 400
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  • The Good Daughter Instant New York Times BestsellerThe stunning new novel from the international bestselling author a searing spellbinding blend of cold case thriller and psychological suspense Two girls are forced

    Instant New York Times BestsellerThe stunning new novel from the international 1 bestselling author a searing, spellbinding blend of cold case thriller and psychological suspense.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 small town family life was torn apart by Instant New York Times BestsellerThe stunning new novel from the international 1 bestselling author a searing, spellbinding blend of cold case thriller and psychological suspense.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 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 thirty years ago won t stay buried forever Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 528 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks first published August 8th 2017 More Details Original Title The Good Daughter ISBN 0062696297 ISBN13 9780062696298 Series The Good Daughter 1 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Sort Default Filter Jun 13, 2017 Emily May rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, mystery thriller, 2017 This is the second thriller I ve read lately that opens with a shitstorm of drama In the best kind of way, of course But The Good Daughter is, in some ways, much darker than Stillhouse Lake, and in other ways slower and character driven It s not a bad thing Slaughter closely resembles my beloved Tana French in style, making her books about the detectives or, in this case, lawyers than about the actual crime mystery It s a clever technique that always ensures I m invested, whe This is the second thriller I ve read lately that opens with a shitstorm of drama In the best kind of way, of course But The Good Daughter is, in some ways, much darker than Stillhouse Lake, and in other ways slower and character driven It s not a bad thing Slaughter closely resembles my beloved Tana French in style, making her books about the detectives or, in this case, lawyers than about the actual crime mystery It s a clever technique that always ensures I m invested, whether or not I can figure out the twists and whodunnits The very best mystery thrillers, in my opinion, are about so much than the twists and whodunnits.The Good Daughter is essentially a deeply emotional, character driven family drama, set to the backdrop of two brutal crimes The first happened years ago two armed men forced their way into the home of young Samantha and Charlotte, murdering their mother and turning their lives completely upside down The girls, now adult women and lawyers, are left with both the physical and mental scars it is hard for the sisters to be around each other without serving as a reminder of the horrendous night that ruined everything.The second crime, twenty eight years later, is a school shooting that Charlie finds herself a witness to When Sam returns to town, both of them are caught up in the case It seems pretty obvious what happened mentally slow teenager, Kelly, is caught literally with the smoking gun in front of two dead victims But how much can Kelly be held responsible Is everything as it seems And, Charlie must ask herself what, exactly, did she really see that day I don t know which story was most compelling the gradual unveiling of what happened all those years ago, the investigating of the shooting and the dark secrets behind it, or the complex relationship between Sam and Charlie the web of guilt, bitterness and love that they are tangled up in.I should warn potential readers that there are some very disturbing and gory scenes of violence and view spoiler rape hide spoiler Slaughter doesn t gloss over details and there were some parts that had me cringing If you are particularly sensitive to this, I wouldn t recommend The Good Daughter for you But I was able to get past it.My one main complaint about the book was that Slaughter does like to waffle on a little too much in parts Some conversations between Sam, Charlie and Rusty go on for pages and pages without really adding anything Though Tana French is occasionally prone to over detailing, so I m forgiving of it Other than that, though, I thought it was a great read Both drawn out and complex, but also dramatic and compelling The author gets the balance just right.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flag 609 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Mar 29, 2017 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommended to Chelsea by Karin Slaughter Shelves from publisher Full review Anyone who knows me well knows that I m a Grade A, Karin Slaughter junkie I can t get enough of her stuff it s like crack for nerds who like all the dark things in their reading repertoire I began devouring her books right around my 18th birthday and have continued to do so for almost 10 years She s the only living author that I have continued to read for such an extended period of time I tell you all this so that you are aware just how good these books truly are I m going to k Full review Anyone who knows me well knows that I m a Grade A, Karin Slaughter junkie I can t get enough of her stuff it s like crack for nerds who like all the dark things in their reading repertoire I began devouring her books right around my 18th birthday and have continued to do so for almost 10 years She s the only living author that I have continued to read for such an extended period of time I tell you all this so that you are aware just how good these books truly are I m going to keep my review spoiler free for The Good Daughter, but the following paragraphs will have some spoilers for her previous series, mainly the Grant County books If you haven t read them and are planning to, or if you d rather skip the backstory, I d recommend skipping the section between the stars If I may I would like to share my journey so far with Karin Slaughter, as I have had so many people ask me on why I am obsessed with her books and how I fell in to reading them I was lucky enough to grow up with an aunt who s a librarian in Georgia and has continually connected me with authors she knew are just phenomenal She was the first person who understood my need for consuming mysteries, thrillers, and all around dark themed novels the fact that I was able to pick up Blindsighted right as my mother was going through a scary breast cancer diagnosis and treatment was not lost on me The Grant County series wasn t just another set of books to teenage Chelsea they were a real place that I could escape to when my mom s tumors were being cut out of her body or while the chemo ravaged her body I could go someplace else where all that wasn t happening, but also where these people understood darkness, suffering, and pain This is why I think it s so important that people write books containing such dark content.I blew threw the Grant County series I literally read them all back to back and couldn t get enough I grew up in Atlanta and went to Auburn University, so if there has been a relatable series written for myself I can t think of what it might be When I turned the last page of Beyond Reach and I saw what Slaughter had done, I ll be honest, I was ready to rage and rant and throw books and cuss people out HOW COULD YOU KILL MY BELOVED When I was ready to make the transition into the Will Trent series, I thought I would be done No way could this woman make me love another man with Sarah How dare she I ll admit, it took me a bit of warming up to Will but then it hit me the reason I had so many feelings about these books was due to the dang characters Finally, I blew threw the remaining Will Trent novels with ease and care for this new family I d accumulated I also loved her standalone novels of late and thought they were a fantastic way for new fans to dip their toes in the great expanse of the Slaughter kingdom So that brings us up to speed for The Good Daughter If I m being honest, it s always nerve wracking to pick up a new book by your favorite author, especially once they ve been writing long term What if it isn t as good as those before It s a real fear so many authors burn out or try to keep writing the same story over and over while losing their viewers That fear was unnecessary here you heard me, this one gets Chelsea s Holy Guacamole stamp of approval Being another standalone, I wasn t really sure what the feel would be here, as each of her solitary novels are all quite different Cop Town had the feel of historical crime fiction that was heavily character driven and tied in to the past of some familiar previous characters, while Pretty Girls was a highly disturbing thriller wrought with tension and graphic content I believe the reason I was so drawn in by The Good Daughter was due to the nostalgic vibe it gave off.As a massive Grant County fan I was delighted to discover that TGD had such similar structure to Grant County and it s characters while simultaneously establishing it s own groove We are presented with an estranged couple we desire to reconcile set in a small town off of Atlanta with major drama that is kept within that close circle I did really enjoy that we were able to follow a family of lawyers this time it gave a fresh spin on the procedural formula that seems to work so well for the author This story did have a little action than some in the past, but as we all know the reason to read any book by KS is due to her master characterization skills The lady can write some relatable, intriguing, and empathetic characters Once again, this aspect was portrayed at it s best and I can t applaud how well the different personalities shined through in the writing.Speaking of, THIS is how you develop the people telling your story THIS is how you write inclusive, diverse crime fiction THIS is how you incorporate graphic content in a respectful manner that furthers the story and emotionally ties the reader to the characters There was no awkward writing in of a few diverse characters to cover the writer s backside Characters covering various forms of minorities are present here, but it s done so in a way that feels right It feels like real life and what we all desire from mainstream fiction Tough, timely issues are covered here, such as the life of a transgender woman in the deep south, the using and abuse of a child with diminished mental capacities, and the long, seemingly impossible journey to healing and restoration after such a brutal incident as described in the prologue were all just pieces of what made this book such a strong contender for my Top 10 reads of 2017.I ll shut up now, as I ve done enough damage, but my hope is that you ll give this book a chance, even if it doesn t sound like your typical read To answer many folks question, I felt this one wasn t quite as gratuitously graphic and violent as Pretty Girls, but it definitely is founded on a highly disturbing, brutal attack Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a procedural that makes you feel things that we, as humans, should never grow numb to I apologize for the lengthy review and hope you enjoy this read as much as I did You won t find characters written quite like this anywhere else Many thanks to the publisher for providing my copy it was a pleasure to provide my honest thoughts here flag 493 likesLike see review View all 63 comments May 29, 2017 Karin Slaughter rated it it was amazing Review from the author review of another edition A quick note to let you guys know that the publication date has moved up to August 8th for various exciting reasons that will become clear later on.I also want to talk a little bit about the story With extremely, incredibly light spoilers in that I tell you who some of the characters are, but not what happens, especially when the aliens come and impregnate the men ha ha okay I m just kidding about that, but you ve been warned With the GOOD DAUGHTER, I decided to do another stand alone because A quick note to let you guys know that the publication date has moved up to August 8th for various exciting reasons that will become clear later on.I also want to talk a little bit about the story With extremely, incredibly light spoilers in that I tell you who some of the characters are, but not what happens, especially when the aliens come and impregnate the men ha ha okay I m just kidding about that, but you ve been warned With the GOOD DAUGHTER, I decided to do another stand alone because the Will Trent Sara Linton story I ve been thinking about isn t quite there yet in my head, so I was looking to do something different in order to give myself brain space for both stories to work themselves out I really enjoyed writing from the point of view of non investigators in PRETTY GIRLS, because it was a challenge to figure out how to put Claire and Lydia in the middle of the action in a believable way, and have them make choices that a normal person would make as opposed to choices that would just easily further the plot but don t make a lot of sense for a real human being who is afraid for their life So I decided to write about a family of lawyers I know, how did I not just kill them all on the first page At first I was a little hesitant about writing another sister story, because I didn t want to be the sister story woman which sounds like the title of a great Amish TV show but I am the youngest of three sisters, so I know what sisters are like, and also, I write about murder in every book and no one thinks of me as the murder woman though I understand having a last name like Slaughter does beg the question I also wanted to go back to writing about a small town, as I haven t really done that since Grant County I grew up in a small town, and I do most of my writing in a beautiful, small mountain town Pikeville is not you, Blue Ridge so I know what it s like so be in a place where everyone knows you or thinks they know you, and how that can at times be rewarding and at other times be incredibly stifling.A lot of times my stories tend to reflect what I m not seeing in other books that I read, or what I really like in books that I ve read I m thinking of you, Liane Moriarty , so one of the other goals in this book was to write about a woman who really, really loves her husband I am so proud of the way that Will and Sara s relationship has evolved, and I love the respect that they have for each other, because I think than anything, that s what women crave in a partner someone who respects their opinion, who they are, what they feel You could go all the way back to the Knight s Tale in Canterbury Tales to understand this long standing desire So, I took the opportunity to write about a woman who adores her husband, but can t quite stop screwing things up And why she keeps screwing up goes to the heart of one of the many mysteries in this story.Long time readers will know that I also try to be inclusive in my writing and discuss how the world is for people with disabilities, so I took the opportunity in the GOOD DAUGHTER to write a bit about the struggle for someone who has mobility issues and how often times, small towns are not equipped to handle them whether through lack of funding or lack of care.Another character I was very eager to write about is Rusty Quinn A few years ago when Go Set a Watchman came out, I was at dinner with a bunch of authors for Thrillerfest in NYC and the NY Times had just released an excerpt where it was revealed that Atticus Finch was not the saint that many of us were led to believe Greg Isles and I got into a heated discussion about whether or not an educated man in a small Southern town would behave and think the way that the new Atticus did He was firmly on the side of educated men, and I was firmly on the side of a nuanced approach perhaps because I had just read a book on the lynching of Leo Frank, and seen photos of some of Georgia s most upstanding citizens lawyers, judges, p0liticians standing proudly beside his hanged body At any rate, I wanted to write about a complicated man, not the saint that Scout worships in To Kill a Mockingbird, and not the casual racist she sees in Watchman Rusty is a good man, but he has his flaws, chief among them the belief that he always does what is right Now, as with a lot of people, what right means tends to be whatever he feels justified in doing The question of whether or not he is a good man, or a good flawed man, is another one I mull over in the book.Well, I think that s all I can say without dropping some massive spoilers So I will leave you with my heart felt thanks to the GoodReads community many of whom I ve shared some wonderful communications with and hope that you love this story as much as I do I know every author says that their favorite book is the last one they wrote, but I cannot express to you how happy I am with the themes and relationships and the fast pacing and the tension that I managed to weave through this novel.Please come see me on my tour Karin Slaughter flag 466 likesLike see review View all 81 comments Jul 26, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017, dark and twisted, must read again, suspense mystery thriller, unputdownable 4.5 stars All hail the queen of crime fiction Karin Slaughter has done it again This clever author has penned another compelling and tantalizingly twisted thriller in her signature no holds barred approach Not that I doubted her brilliance for even a second there s a reason she s been one of my very favorites since stepping foot in Grant County than a decade ago As readers we all find ourselves hanging on to an author s every word for different reasons For me, Karin Slaughter has alwa 4.5 stars All hail the queen of crime fiction Karin Slaughter has done it again This clever author has penned another compelling and tantalizingly twisted thriller in her signature no holds barred approach Not that I doubted her brilliance for even a second there s a reason she s been one of my very favorites since stepping foot in Grant County than a decade ago As readers we all find ourselves hanging on to an author s every word for different reasons For me, Karin Slaughter has always been an author who delivers on both fronts the deliciously dark and depraved madness, counterbalanced perfectly with touches of wittiness and tenderness The emotionality, actions and thoughts of her characters feel genuine like they could step right off the page I find myself wanting to be around these people, to dig into their psyches and unearth exactly what makes them tick The Good Daughter starts off with a bang or a shotgun blast to be exact One fateful afternoon at a remote farmhouse in the small Georgia town of Pikeville changes the trajectory of the Quinn family It s another series of gunshots, 28 years later, that brings the estranged Quinn sisters, Charlie and Sam, back together A few instances of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, combined with their father s criminal defense cases following him home, spells torment for the two women There s a host of family dynamics at play here none prominent than the sisterly bond ravaged by tragedy, guilt and secrets Neither one of us will ever move forward if we are always looking back If you ve had the pleasure of reading a Slaughter novel, you know she has a tendency for getting the pages good and bloody I can appreciate, gore isn t something everyone wants to subject themselves to I m not sure what this even says about me, but I kind of like it I m blaming the dark side of my heart on the healthy diet of horror flicks my dad started me on at a very young age there s not much at this point that makes me queasy or uncomfortable The thing is, the blood and guts served up by Karin Slaughter comes across as than just shock inducing antics Personally, I find that the carnage and violence allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in the experience and really feel what s happening on the page Whether it freaks you out or makes you cringe in disgust, isn t that the beauty of reading to confront an entirely different reality If you know me at all or have taken the time to peruse my reviews, you might know, the other half of my dark heart is composed of an optimistic lover of love So, naturally, I found myself falling for Ben and his nerdy ways early on Part of the overall intrigue for me was tied to finding out what could have pushed Ben and Charlie so far apart My lips are sealed, other than to say, when the full story came out, my heart ached for them Not only did this book reiterate why I adore this author s work so much, but something about the small town setting and this cast of characters made me reminisce about Grant County a series I ve read than any other in my life and stirred up a desire to make another visit sometime soon.I cannot wait to see what this writer s vivid imagination dreams up next Let the countdown begin for my next Slaughter fix flag 368 likesLike see review View all 99 comments Aug 03, 2017 Deanna rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves my favorites, highly recommended My reviews can also be seen at reading the description and the prequel for this novel, I knew I had to read it soon This book was INTENSE It honestly had me feeling ALL THE FEELS I really did both laugh and cry while reading this novel The Good Daughter had me in its clutches from page one until the very end, and I m still feeling the after effects The book opens in 1989 Samantha Quinn is fifteen years old and her younger sister, Charlie is My reviews can also be seen at reading the description and the prequel for this novel, I knew I had to read it soon This book was INTENSE It honestly had me feeling ALL THE FEELS I really did both laugh and cry while reading this novel The Good Daughter had me in its clutches from page one until the very end, and I m still feeling the after effects The book opens in 1989 Samantha Quinn is fifteen years old and her younger sister, Charlie is thirteen The Quinn family are living in an old farmhouse after someone burned their house down with a Molotov cocktail The attack was likely someone angry at lawyer father, Rusty Quinn who often defends men many lawyers would never represent.But not even two weeks later, another attack of violence and brutality changes the lives of everyone in the Quinn family forever.Twenty eight years later, Charlie Quinn has followed in her father s footsteps and is now a lawyer in small town Pikeville But that s where the similarities between Charlie and her father end Charlie passed up jobs with big firms in the city She moved back and decided she wanted to help normal, everyday people who found themselves in trouble and didn t have someone smart enough, or even who cared enough to try to get them out of trouble.Charlie s husband, Ben is a prosecutor and she is a defense attorney Her father, Rusty Quinn defends robbers, drug dealers, and murderers The people in town either loved him or hated him It depended on whether or not they or their family members had ever needed his services.Charlie is tough and can be quite impulsive She ll often act without thinking of the consequences For example shoving a man who slapped his wife in the grocery store, antagonizing a group of thugs, or going alone to rough areas of town in the middle of the night Charlie would sprint head first into a buzz saw if given the right set of circumstances But when Charlie witnesses a horrific act of violence, old feelings and memories rise to the surface, forcing her to face things that she tried hard to suppress But most secrets don t stay buried forever You may think you can put your secrets in a box on the shelf but eventually those boxes either burst open on their own or you open them up to deal with them Just like before, her heart stopped beating Her throat closed Her vision tunneled Everything looked small, narrowed to a single, tiny point I know I ve said this before and it has happened before, but I did NOT want to put this book down I was up until after 4am reading I needed to know what was going to happen next The Good Daughter is the kind of novel that evokes a wide variety of emotions, leaving you feeling like you ve been hit by a truck At times it was so intense that I really was holding my breath in anticipation of what was coming next.I will warn readers, that there are some parts that are very difficult to read, the subject matter can be quite upsetting However, I was able to skim those parts without missing much of the story line.After an author has written so many books, I feel like it must be very difficult to come up with new plots that twist and turn But Karin Slaughter does it She can stop me in my tracks with one twisty sentence I don t think I saw any of the twists coming The main characters and the supporting characters were fantastically well developed They all added something to the story.I wanted to discuss this book with everyone The Good Daughter is an addictive and compelling psychological thriller with a mind bending and thoroughly engrossing plot.Highly recommended Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins for an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review flag 342 likesLike see review View all 81 comments Dec 12, 2017 PirateSteve rated it really liked it review of another edition If you ever find yourself in need of a good criminal defense lawyer, Rusty Quinn is the man He is notorious for the acquittals his clients have received Legendary for his beliefs that all people deserve the best legal defense possible, no matter what their station in life or the crime they ve been accused of With Rusty on your side you ll be singing his praises as well Sunshine is for everyone, Sunshine come back againCome all without, Come all withinYou ain t seen nothin like the Mighty Qu If you ever find yourself in need of a good criminal defense lawyer, Rusty Quinn is the man He is notorious for the acquittals his clients have received Legendary for his beliefs that all people deserve the best legal defense possible, no matter what their station in life or the crime they ve been accused of With Rusty on your side you ll be singing his praises as well Sunshine is for everyone, Sunshine come back againCome all without, Come all withinYou ain t seen nothin like the Mighty Quinn Rusty also enjoys quoting literary greats, so I ll use one here F.Scott Fitzgerald once said Show me a hero, and I ll write you a tragedy That sentiment certainly applies to Karin Slaughter s book, The Good Daughter Twenty Eight years ago tragedy knocked on the Quinn Family s door For the survivor s, those old wounds will never completely heal Today in the Quinn family home town, tragedy has struck again There has been a school shooting The accused shooter is a teenage girl and as she is taken to the local hospital, Rusty chases the ambulance there in order to secure his role as her defense attorney This book is the weaving together of what really happened 28 years ago and the truth behind this latest school shooting Slaughter Daughter is sensational excerpts are spoiler ish view spoiler narration There was an almost imperceptible click A second hand on a watch A door latching closed A firing pin tapping against the primer in a shotgun shell Kelly s Mom to Charlie Ma am, you gotta hear me My baby didn t do what they re saying Charlie and Kelly s Mom Did my father explain what s happening to Kelly He said he was working for her, but I don t know She whispered, My cousin says Rusty Quinn is a bad man, that he represents low lifes and rapists and killers Charlie s mouth went dry The woman did not seem to understand that Rusty Quinn was exactly the kind of man that her daughter needed Rusty to Charlie She thinks the girl s gonna come home Like a good little unicorn Well, Charlie Bear, there s innocent and there s not guilty, and there s not a lot of rhyme or reason in between He gave her a wink Why don t you drive your old daddy home Rusty s reply to Sam What the hell is wrong with you Rusty listed on his fingers, I was stabbed several times I have a heart condition I have a filthy mouth that I apparently passed on to my daughters I guess the smoking and the drinking are two separate things, but Rusty Charlie to Sam He said, Talk to Kelly Wilson yourself Go to the police station after you eat Tell them you re my co counsel Get Kelly alone in a room and talk with her Five minutes, tops You ll see what I mean See what Charlie asked She murdered a grown man and a little girl in cold blood You want to talk about seeing I was there less than a minute after it happened I saw Kelly literally Literally holding the smoking gun I watched that little girl die But Ironside over here thinks that she s innocent Rusty Sam Honey, I know you came all the way down here expecting to find me on my deathbed, and I promise you, on my life, that it ll get to that point eventually, but for now, I m gonna say something to you that I have never said to you in your forty four beautiful years on this earth I need you to do this for me Charlie Sam Charlie asked, Where are you going Home, Sam said I need this shit like I need another hole in my head Rusty s bark of laughter followed her out the door Sam Charlie Wait, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation interviewed you I m a witness Did you have a lawyer I m a lawyer Charlie I know, I have a fool for a client Sam Anton I worry all the time that I ll drink something, or take something, or move the wrong way, and it will cause a seizure, or a stroke, and break what s left of my mind Anton had not offered platitudes about the mysteries of life or advice on how to fix the problem Instead, he had said, Many people must have told you that you are lucky to be alive I think you would have been lucky had you not been shot in the first place Sam had cried for almost a full hour No one had ever acknowledged that she had a right to be angry about how she must survive Rusty Sam I am fortune s fool is a line taken from Shakespeare s Romeo and Juliette Oh, I am fortune s fool, Rusty bellowed He was in a wheelchair, right elbow on the armrest, cigarette in his hand Sam said, Those things are going to kill you Rusty smiled It s a balmy night I m talking to one of my beautiful daughters I ve got a fresh pack of smokes All I need is a glass of bourbon and I d die a happy man He laughed, then started coughing Rusty said I heard there was some rain making at the arraignment Was the baby killed He made his voice quiver with drama Was the baby killed Dad, a child was murdered I know, darling believe me, I know Rusty asked, What d you think of her Kelly Sam considered her answer She could be smarter than we think She could be lower functioning than any of us wants to believe You can lead her anywhere, Dad Anywhere I ve always preferred crazy to stupid Stupid can break your heart Sam Rusty I guess that s why she was always your favorite You were both my favorite Sam didn t but it Charlie had always been the good daughter, the one who laughed at his jokes, the one who challenged his opinions, the one who had stayed Rusty said, A father s job is to love each of his daughters in the way they need to be loved Charlie to Sam I hate him for not taking care of himself And I love him for living life on his own terms Sam Ben Charlie Your knowledge of WD 40, Ms.Slaughter, I am impressed The door groaned on rusty hinges as Sam pulled it shut A spray lubricant would alleviate that noise Ben said, I tried some WD 40 That s a solvent, not a lubricant Ben speaking of Rusty to charlie He said that the worst sin he had ever committed against anybody in his life was making you keep it a secret Charlie and Sam Nothing is deceitful than the appearance of humility Shakespeare Mr.Darcy to Bingley Of all people If it wasn t his pride, it was his prejudice That is a complicated question with an equally complicated answer Charlie laughed This was rusty s real legacy They were going to sit around quoting a dead man quoting dead people for the rest of their lives Quote of Shakespeare stage direction As the elevator doors closed, Sam whispered, Exit, pursued by a bear hide spoiler flag 293 likesLike see review View all 59 comments Aug 08, 2017 Mary Beth Traveling Sister rated it it was amazing review of another edition This is not a series I just found this out today Also you do not need to read Last Breath which is a novella I think this was listed as a series just to get you to buy the novella.I think this was a cheap shot Also very disappointed because I loved this book and was so looking forward to this being a series.This is a stand alone Did anyone else think this was a series or is it just me I just loved this book I love Karin Slaughter and she has one hell of a good imagination I just don t kno This is not a series I just found this out today Also you do not need to read Last Breath which is a novella I think this was listed as a series just to get you to buy the novella.I think this was a cheap shot Also very disappointed because I loved this book and was so looking forward to this being a series.This is a stand alone Did anyone else think this was a series or is it just me I just loved this book I love Karin Slaughter and she has one hell of a good imagination I just don t know how she comes up with all those jaw dropping twists This is a very dark, gritty and graphic read It is a very tough subject matter It is very well written and like all of her books the characters were done so well This had nail biting suspense and I could not put it down so make sure you have lots of time when you read it Last night I was up till 5 30 in the morning reading this This book is one of my faves for this year Actually I think it comes in first place This is not for the faint of heart You have to be able to put up with anything This book was very chilling and horrific It was so good This is a psychological thriller.I am going to try keep this part spoiler free.Rusty Quinn is a lawyer who works for criminals on death row He is Charlotte s and Samantha s father Something horrific happens to his family with very graphic scenes My heart really went out to Charlotte and Samantha What these girls went through was so traumatic and heart breaking Charlotte loves ice cream and after everything she went through she goes to a neighbor s house to get help and asks for some ice cream She had two bowls of it Haha I had to laugh at this because I thought it was cute and had to laugh at this moment because I went through a lot of nail biting suspense and it helped to be able to breathe after everything that happened The story goes to the past and the present There are two stories that happened in this book 28 years later Charlie follows in her Dad s footsteps and becomes a lawyer She witnesses a horrific and chilling crime It is a nightmare and Charlie has tried so hard to bury her past but this crime was so traumatic that it brought back everything in her past I felt so bad for her.Charlotte and Sam wanted to forget their past that they both stayed far away from each other so that their past would not be remembered.I thought the characters were done so well I loved Charlie She got on my nerves a couple of times but I thought she was a very strong character Sam was a very strong character too I did not like Rusty I thought he was very self centered.This book is not for the faint of heart I am going to repeat everything that I said earlier You have to be able to handle everything if you are thinking of reading this book It is very tough subject matter and I don t want you to come after me asking why I didn t warn you Haha I dare you to read it though if you think you can handle it Aaah This book was so good.I do recommend this book to those that love a dark, gritty and graphic thriller flag 228 likesLike see review View all 123 comments Jun 02, 2017 Crumb rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves best of 2017, thriller, karin slaughter I have officially drank the Karin Slaughter kool aid It s not that I had an aversion to reading a book by Karin Slaughter, it s just that I kind of kept putting it off Boy, what a mistake This book was OUTSTANDING It was chilling, explosive, and shocking Those are just three words that I could use to describe this book It was also so much In all honesty, I don t feel there is much that I can add to the overwhelming amount of positive reviews that already exist for this novel, bu I have officially drank the Karin Slaughter kool aid It s not that I had an aversion to reading a book by Karin Slaughter, it s just that I kind of kept putting it off Boy, what a mistake This book was OUTSTANDING It was chilling, explosive, and shocking Those are just three words that I could use to describe this book It was also so much In all honesty, I don t feel there is much that I can add to the overwhelming amount of positive reviews that already exist for this novel, but I will try.This book opens with a pretty horrifying event Samantha and her sister, Charlie bore witness to their mother s death Not only that, they are then led out into the woods by the men who had just killed their mother with a rifle What happens next will be a defining moment in both Charlie s and Sam s lives forever That day will also hold a secret that will take 28 years to uncover Nothing ever truly faded Time only dulled the edges There were so many things that I loved about this book.d absolutely nothing that I didn t This was a plot driven book My favorite type of book More importantly, this was a plot driven book with characters that I liked Characters that I cared about and felt invested to from the beginning of the book I felt such extreme pain and anguish from the trauma these sisters had suffered However, I also had that much respect and admiration for them as it was also a testament to their strength.The relationship between the sisters was a complicated one When two people experience such a severe trauma together, it can create a unique bond However, it can also be a constant reminder of said trauma Therefore, in this book we see a lot of push pull in their relationship I felt this only added an extra dimension to this already well crafted novel.As mentioned above, this was the first book that I have read by Karin Slaughter She is a master at her craft This tale was expertly woven and won t be something I soon forget I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys a taut, face paced thriller Trigger Warning There is some content in this book of an extremely violent and graphic sexual nature I understand that it can be very upsetting to some and therefore, wanted to provide some sort of warningFor information on The Good Daughter and Karin Slaughter please visit Karin Slaughter s WebsiteAlso, here is an interview with Karin Slaughter on The Good Daughter Interview flag 219 likesLike see review View all 162 comments Jun 29, 2017 Paromjit rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves mystery, netgalley, thriller This is a superb, dark and brutal novel from the talented Karin Slaughter set in Pikeville, North Georgia Two tragic set of events occur 28 years apart and their catastrophic repercussions on a family and their community are observed Rusty is a notoriously able lawyer who believes that justice should be for everybody, such as defending innocent black people, and others deemed beyond the pale, like rapists This has made Rusty a host of enemies, seen the family home burn down and bring fresh da This is a superb, dark and brutal novel from the talented Karin Slaughter set in Pikeville, North Georgia Two tragic set of events occur 28 years apart and their catastrophic repercussions on a family and their community are observed Rusty is a notoriously able lawyer who believes that justice should be for everybody, such as defending innocent black people, and others deemed beyond the pale, like rapists This has made Rusty a host of enemies, seen the family home burn down and bring fresh danger to his wife, the fiercely intelligent and double PhD genius, Gamma, and his two young daughters, Samantha and Charlotte, known as Charlie Two masked men enter the family home, shoot Gamma dead, leaving Sam for dead, buried in a grave, though a bloodied Charlie manages to get away This is a story that transcends the most violent of crimes, its about family, loss, love, sibling relationships, regret, survival, damage and forgiveness Twenty eight years later, the savage events that ripped the family apart have taken their toll on Sam and Charlie The two sisters have not seen each other for twenty years after Sam s anger led to an estrangement Sam is a highly successful New York patent lawyer, has lost her beloved husband, Anton, and hasn t seen her father for decades Charlie s marriage to Ben is on the skids, she works from the same building as Rusty as a lawyer, and she has made the terrible mistake of indulging in a one night stand with a stranger, with whom she left her phone She is in the process of collecting her phone at her old school when all hell lets loose Charlie is traumatised once again as she finds herself in the midst of a distressing double school shooting that includes a young child The perpetrator is a girl with learning issues called Kelly With rising tensions, flaring tempers, fear, rage, and intense media coverage, Sam returns to Pikeville amidst a disturbing set of circumstances She provides legal counsel for Kelly at her arraignment after Rusty persuades Sam that Kelly is the unicorn he has been searching for The stage is set to see the original family trauma under a new light as the truth begins to emerge and to discover if it is remotely possible that Kelly is not the killer she is painted to be, in direct contradiction to the evidence available.Karin Slaughter has written a brilliant novel that incorporates the worst of humankind, a veritable Pandora s box of horror and despair, and the faint wisps of hope for Sam and Charlie The complex characterisations are astonishingly good and feel desperately authentic The novel captures the small town meanness that can run through a conservative rural community and its young people, and the atrocious behaviour and actions that result The strength and wisdom of Rusty, given all that happens, along with his ability to protect his daughters the only way he knew how, is awe inspiring I will never forget the role that ice cream plays for Charlie in the novel, given all the feel good factor that surrounds it A fantastic read that I highly recommend Thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC flag 202 likesLike see review View all 63 comments Oct 29, 2017 Meredith rated it really liked it review of another edition Whew That was a lot to take in.Deeply disturbing intense read filled with drama, suspense, and unspeakable trauma The Good Daughter is not for the faint hearted Teenage sisters Sam and Charlie experience a traumatic and torturous event What happens to them scars them both literally and figuratively for life Nearly 30 years later, the past they worked so hard to bury comes back to haunt them as they deal with the fall out of a school shooting Buried secrets emerge about Sam and Charlotte Whew That was a lot to take in.Deeply disturbing intense read filled with drama, suspense, and unspeakable trauma The Good Daughter is not for the faint hearted Teenage sisters Sam and Charlie experience a traumatic and torturous event What happens to them scars them both literally and figuratively for life Nearly 30 years later, the past they worked so hard to bury comes back to haunt them as they deal with the fall out of a school shooting Buried secrets emerge about Sam and Charlotte s past, putting them once again in imminent danger.The first chapter sucked me in and I could not put this book down There are some extremely hard parts to read as there are scenes filled with brutally graphic violence, including rape The narrative is split between Charlie and Sam s POV s As a result, the reader has to reread these horrific scenes multiple times as we not only understand what happened to Sam and Charlie, but also see how they had to alter their memories in order to survive.What I liked about The Good Daughter was that it was than just a thriller it was about dramatic family dynamics Sam and Charlie were both well developed characters, and I enjoyed their grit and sharp tongues Despite being hard to read at times, I was fully engrossed in The Good Daughter I recommend this book but with caution as the violent scenes are very hard to read and process This was my first book by Karin Slaughter, and it definitely will not be my last flag 197 likesLike see review View all 56 comments Oct 07, 2017 Maureen rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves first reads It s 1989 and Samantha and Charlotte Quinn s lives are about to change forever Their father Rusty is a lawyer, and he represents some of the worst criminals in small town Pikeville Some of them have committed crimes so bad that they re now on death row Someone in the community clearly has it in for Rusty, the family home is burned to the ground, and as we meet the family, they re living in an old farmhouse, that s seen better days However, before they even get a chance to make this place a h It s 1989 and Samantha and Charlotte Quinn s lives are about to change forever Their father Rusty is a lawyer, and he represents some of the worst criminals in small town Pikeville Some of them have committed crimes so bad that they re now on death row Someone in the community clearly has it in for Rusty, the family home is burned to the ground, and as we meet the family, they re living in an old farmhouse, that s seen better days However, before they even get a chance to make this place a home, something truly horrific takes place, an attack of such terrible proportions that it s really hard to read The attack leaves their mother dead and the girls are taken into the woods at gunpoint One girl runs for her life, her sister is unable to When a second horrific crime hits this small community 28 years later, the secrets of the earlier tragedy are slowly revealed, and they will have repercussions for the Quinn family as well as the community at largeG, this was such an intense read that at times I could barely breathe The events that take place are not for the squeamish, but are essential to the storyline as a whole, it s not gratuitous violence for the sake of it, on the contrary, it very much serves a purpose It s intense, and it s shocking, but Karin Slaughter writes with such skill this is crime writing at its best She ll have you glued to every word, and ensure that you invest every ounce of your being in her characters Excellent I received my copy from and have given an honest review in exchange flag 189 likesLike see review View all 97 comments Oct 24, 2017 Diane S rated it liked it review of another edition 2.5 I am giving this three stars because I kept reading, and did want to find out what happened This was, however, much graphic than I am comfortable with, and I resented the fact that it was repeated three different times in the book While I know it was told from different viewpoints, and details were uncovered in each telling, I thought it could have been done differently Felt manipulated in the repetition of this horrific telling,as if it was used only for shock value An additio 2.5 I am giving this three stars because I kept reading, and did want to find out what happened This was, however, much graphic than I am comfortable with, and I resented the fact that it was repeated three different times in the book While I know it was told from different viewpoints, and details were uncovered in each telling, I thought it could have been done differently Felt manipulated in the repetition of this horrific telling,as if it was used only for shock value An additional plot line that brings the sisters back together, I felt became kind of lost, and became mostly a vehicle to further the main story.I did like the characters, though I found much of this story unbelievable, that is within the parameters of the story I can do unbelievable if it fits, which this did not The last quarter of the book was a convoluted untangling of the storyline, where too much happens in a short space of time Once again some of this had me rolling my eyes I have loved this authors books in the past, so my expectations were much higher I did enjoy parts of this but as a whole, and after thinking it through for a day, I was disappointed Another sisters read, with mixed results by the readersC from edelweiss flag 162 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Nov 24, 2017 Emma Giordano rated it really liked it review of another edition A solid 4 star read This was a really interesting novel and I m glad I picked it up graphic murder, graphic rape, and miscarriagesI really enjoyed this story I found it to be a strong psychological thriller as my head was constantly twisting between what is true and what is meant to be misleading I will say, certain points were slow to trudge through and there was perhaps dialogue than absolutely necessary, but nonetheless, it was a worthwhile read I think I maybe would have liked a A solid 4 star read This was a really interesting novel and I m glad I picked it up graphic murder, graphic rape, and miscarriagesI really enjoyed this story I found it to be a strong psychological thriller as my head was constantly twisting between what is true and what is meant to be misleading I will say, certain points were slow to trudge through and there was perhaps dialogue than absolutely necessary, but nonetheless, it was a worthwhile read I think I maybe would have liked a little action as so much of this story is conversation, other than the thrilling start and climax My favorite part was probably the character dynamics The relationship between two sisters and their father is very unique and unlike any I have read before I think this book is worth the read for the characters alone.One of the main character is disabled, which I was happy to see be a decent part of the story as diversity in adult thrillers is often non existent One of the protagonists is legally blind, walks with a cane, and has suffered some form of lasting effects on the brain from trauma I would love to hear thoughts on this portrayal from disabled reviewers, but I felt satisfied Her disability is a present part of the entire story, she is portrayed as a very successful and capable figure, and there were some quotes about the struggles of being disabledthat I found to be thought provoking.On the other hand, there is a trans side character, though I m not entirely sure they were handled with much care There is a character that continues to refer to the trans character as their deadname incorrect pronouns and it s never addressed There are also a few jokes about the character s past and transition I was unable to find anything on this from trans reviewers, but I was left with a bad taste in my mouth concerning the whole thing Also, there are some comments about the intelligence mental capabilities of one character that I felt some may take offense to in regards to words like, slow mental deficits etc.I do think I was hoping this book would offer a little bit for me, but I still really enjoyed it Would recommend to any adult thriller enthusiasts flag 161 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 06, 2018 Melanie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves dark, mystery, thriller, buddy reads, read in 2018 My amazing friend Amy, at A Court of Crowns and Quills, gave this to me as a birthday gift Nothing ever truly faded Time only dulled the edges Friends, I m going to be real with you all upfront this is a really fucked up book Before I even start my review, I m going to list all the content and trigger warnings graphic rape, pedophilia, penetration using an object, graphic deaths, mention of suicide, loss of a loved one, police brutality, racist comments, hurtful ableist comments, m My amazing friend Amy, at A Court of Crowns and Quills, gave this to me as a birthday gift Nothing ever truly faded Time only dulled the edges Friends, I m going to be real with you all upfront this is a really fucked up book Before I even start my review, I m going to list all the content and trigger warnings graphic rape, pedophilia, penetration using an object, graphic deaths, mention of suicide, loss of a loved one, police brutality, racist comments, hurtful ableist comments, misgendering, arson, a school shooting, extreme bullying, miscarriages, grey area cheating, and a lot of violence Please use caution and make sure you are in a safe mindset before picking this story up, and before reading my review I also want to state that I haven t been reading thrillers lately This has been my first crime thriller in a few years, actually But regardless, Karin Slaughter really blew me away I knew going in that she is a very beloved thriller author, and now I can totally see why This story, as dark as it is, is so intelligently and expertly crafted The twists were hard to see coming, the parallels left me haunted, and the ending was so very brutal This is a story about two sisters who are still grieving from a harrowing, unspeakable, horrible event that happened to them twenty eight years ago The book starts out with a flashback chapter, where we quickly learn that a home invasion is happening, because the girls father is a very liberal lawyer in a very conservative and small town Charlie Has stayed close to her father and is still living in the town that has never made her feel welcome, but especially after that dark day Charlie is a lawyer, currently separated from her husband, while grieving so many losses, and just happened to have her first one night stand Sam Moved far away from the town that hurt her and her family Sam is a very successful lawyer in New York, but she keeps a great distance from her sister and father She is also disabled, uses a cane at times, really has to focus on her speech, and has limited vision Sam is grieving all alone, while trying to forget everything she has left behind These two sisters haven t seen each other in a decade, but a new terrible event in their small hometown brings them both back together And they both, unwillingly, become completely tangled up in a new case that could send a possibly innocent girl to death row I loved both of these sisters so very much I will say that I probably enjoyed Charlie s point of view a little , but I liked Sam s character Another thing I want to briefly touch on is that Charlie and Sam s father s best friend, Lenore, is a transwoman There are flashbacks to before Lenore had transitioned, and her deadname is used I don t remember any hurtful comments, but there are a few careless comments, that do involve misgendering, so please use caution I really did love this character so much, and I was happy with the inclusion, but it could have been done a lot respectfully Also, I am cis, but I would love to hear from trans reviewers about how they feel I don t want to give anything away, because the secrets and mysteries are what make thrillers so much fun to read, but I m going to try to tell you why this ended up being a four star read, but I m going to be very vague But maybe skip over this paragraph if you want to go completely blind into this story Rusty actually irritated me throughout the novel, but he did have his redeeming parts where I actually started to like him But the ending, and his secret really pissed me off Like, infuriated me I get he thought what he was doing was protecting, but it wasn t, it was fucked up The other thing was I really didn t like the way Kelly s story ended It just left me feeling depressed, and heartbroken, and I really wish Charlie would have taken her under her wing or something I hate seeing sad cycles continue to be sad, and I just wish I could have gotten a little happiness, especially for a character who needed happiness so badly Basically, the first 80% of this book is an easy five star read, but the ending left me a little too sad to give it Overall, I really loved my first Karin Slaughter book I think this book would be perfect for the spooky, Halloween season as long as you are in a safe mindset I think this was expertly crafted and it really did keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time I fell so hard in love with these two main characters, even though my heart was breaking constantly for them But this story blew me away, left me breathless, and I can t wait to pick up another book by this author Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch Buddy Read with Paloma, Stephanie, BookishBotanist flag 156 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Aug 31, 2017 Larry H rated it it was amazing review of another edition You said it, George Takei I seriously cannot get over this book.Over the last few months I ve seen a number of friends on waxing poetic about Karin Slaughter I like a good crime novel thriller, so I figured I d need to check her out at some point Then I heard about her newest book, The Good Daughter, so I thought, Let s give this the old look see, shall we DAMN, Karin Slaughter You knocked my freaking head off with this one.It was a fairly typical night for teenage sisters Charl You said it, George Takei I seriously cannot get over this book.Over the last few months I ve seen a number of friends on waxing poetic about Karin Slaughter I like a good crime novel thriller, so I figured I d need to check her out at some point Then I heard about her newest book, The Good Daughter, so I thought, Let s give this the old look see, shall we DAMN, Karin Slaughter You knocked my freaking head off with this one.It was a fairly typical night for teenage sisters Charlotte Charlie and Samantha Sam Quinn of Pikeville, Georgia Well, as typical as it could be considering their house had been burned down by people who didn t like that their father, the local defense attorney, had gotten a rape suspect acquitted, not to mention all of the other criminals he represented But as the girls and their mother waited for their father to come home, a terrifying attack occurred, one which left physical and psychological damage, causing scars real and emotional, and forging secrets that changed everything.Twenty eight years later Charlie has pulled her life together as best as she could, and is now a lawyer like her father Despite all that occurred that night, and the abuse she dealt with later, she never could leave Pikeville, which isn t always the easiest thing to deal with And then she finds herself a witness to a shocking, senseless act of violence which traumatizes the entire town Not only does her role in the incident and her reaction to it put her back in the spotlight again, but it causes the memories of that night 28 years ago to resurface, memories which threaten to tear her life and her family and perhaps others completely apart she was such an idiot that again and again she expected her father to be the kind of person who worried about his daughter the way he worried about pimps and gangbangers and murderers The Good Daughter gets your adrenaline pumping from the very beginning, and quickly entangles you in the lives of the Quinns and the people of Pikeville My heart was beating so fast at times while reading this book, because Slaughter is the kind of storyteller who makes you feel you are right there in the middle of the everything as it is happening Some of the violence is disturbing and distressing, but it s never gratuitous.The characters aren t entirely sympathetic, so you don t know exactly who to trust, and you know there will be surprises along the way I just hoped and prayed that Slaughter wasn t going to choose one particular path down which to take her story, and I was really glad she didn t But so many times as I was reading, I kept thinking to myself, Yes This is how you tell a story This is how a thriller should be Was it entirely surprising Perhaps not But this book packed a real punch, and has definitely left me with a new favorite author If you like this genre and can deal with some violence, pick up The Good Daughter I can t stop thinking about this one and how much I was blown away by it, and I can t wait to get into Slaughter s other books, because if they re this good Wow Just, wow.See all of my reviews at flag 151 likesLike see review View all 44 comments Aug 01, 2018 Matthew rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves gr_awards_2018, 2018, mystery, suspense, audio, library Maybe not quite as graphic and shocking as some other Karin Slaughter offerings, but still pretty intense She always takes a gruesome series of events and steps it up a notch Definitely an author to approach carefully if you are easily queasy.I was enthralled by the story and the characters There was a whole lot of you think you know a person , but you realize every so often there is a lot that is not what it seems Frequent flashbacks help to reveal new clues that bring two seemingly straig Maybe not quite as graphic and shocking as some other Karin Slaughter offerings, but still pretty intense She always takes a gruesome series of events and steps it up a notch Definitely an author to approach carefully if you are easily queasy.I was enthralled by the story and the characters There was a whole lot of you think you know a person , but you realize every so often there is a lot that is not what it seems Frequent flashbacks help to reveal new clues that bring two seemingly straightforward mysteries to shocking conclusion There is enough here to keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing.One of the storylines I thought kind of seemed obvious in where it was going Usually with these stories I have guesses that tend to be proven wrong In this case, they stayed pretty close to what I was expecting The other storyline didn t quite turn out how I expected However, the unexpected one was a bit confusing I sort of get what happened, but the events around the resolution were odd.So, with the last two paragraphs in mind, I would say it was a very interesting story with some fascinating characters but kind of a so so ending If you are a thriller or Slaughter fan, I think you will find something here to enjoy flag 141 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Oct 19, 2018 Emily Books with Emily Fox rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobooks Read this without realizing it was the same author as Pretty Girls and thought they were equally dark well that explains it Explicit sexual violence which was a bit too much for me but still an interesting character driven mystery.Not my fav Not sure if I should read from this author.P.S DO NOT GET THE AUDIOBOOK The whispering then screaming was so annoying especially since I often listen to audiobooks in the shower it was not fun flag 140 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Sep 04, 2017 TANYA rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves own it Wow Just WOW Karin Slaughter keeps getting better This book broke my heart, gave me anxiety, and made me cry several times It had several cringe gasp worthy moments The writing was off the charts I LOVED IT flag 133 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Nov 29, 2017 Susanne Strong rated it really liked it review of another edition 4.25 Stars rounded down Abso fraking Awesome This was one heck of a read The Good Daughter was my first introduction to Karin Slaughter and I can say without hesitation, it won t be my last Charlie Quinn and her sister Sam live in Pikesville, GA and they endure the most horrific event as kids Something so bad, it changes their lives forever It s frightening and terrifying Unthinkable actually.As an adult, Charlie once again finds herself in the wrong place at the absolute worst time Th 4.25 Stars rounded down Abso fraking Awesome This was one heck of a read The Good Daughter was my first introduction to Karin Slaughter and I can say without hesitation, it won t be my last Charlie Quinn and her sister Sam live in Pikesville, GA and they endure the most horrific event as kids Something so bad, it changes their lives forever It s frightening and terrifying Unthinkable actually.As an adult, Charlie once again finds herself in the wrong place at the absolute worst time They say lightning doesn t strike twice But in Charlie s case, they are wrong She just happens to be somewhere where there is gunfire and she tries to save the victims, instead of herself This crime s impact on Charlie and the rest of her family is astounding, as Rusty, Charlie s dad, takes on the defense of the shooter What this book does is phenomenal It pulls out details slowly, with devastating, and sometimes grotesque, detail Not just of one crime, but of the original crime that happened twenty eight years ago, as well as of the crime that happened in present day What felt real about this book were the characters Good or bad, love or hate them, characters like this exist all around us whether we want to admit it or not and Ms Slaughter nailed it The Good Daughter is a brilliant, complex and wickedly twisted novel That said, it is also a graphic, horrifying and violent read I was totally engrossed all the while closing one eye when the book got a little hard to read I can t honestly say why I have never read a Karin Slaughter novel before, but I can say that this will not be my last Published on , Twitter and Instagram on 11.29.17 Disclaimer This book contains graphic sexual violence about which I caution the readers in advance Please be advised that my enjoyment of this novel does not in any way condone the actions of certain characters in this novel flag 129 likesLike see review View all 47 comments Aug 19, 2017 Kendall rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2017, favorites This was absolutely phenomenal If I could I d give this 10 stars I would The Good Daughter is my second novel that I have read by Karin Slaughter and hands down ladies and gentleman I think I must admit that I have a problem and am an official Slaughter addict Honestly, I can t give this novel enough praise that it truly deserves THIS is how you truly write crime fiction Karin Slaughter is extremely talented and holy cow does she have a dark imagination But, I LOVE IT Karin has clim This was absolutely phenomenal If I could I d give this 10 stars I would The Good Daughter is my second novel that I have read by Karin Slaughter and hands down ladies and gentleman I think I must admit that I have a problem and am an official Slaughter addict Honestly, I can t give this novel enough praise that it truly deserves THIS is how you truly write crime fiction Karin Slaughter is extremely talented and holy cow does she have a dark imagination But, I LOVE IT Karin has climbed her way into my dark obsessive heart of crime novels and she can stay there This could not have gotten any better addicting, jaw dropping twists, dark, raw, and emotional.This story begins with us looking at the heart breaking event that happens for the Quinn family Samantha and Charlotte are sisters living with their mother Gamma and father Rusty Rusty is a lawyer who works on death row for the small town this family lives in Hold on to your stomach because the opening scene is horrific and I think I lost my heart after the first 10 pages of this story.The novel alternates between the past and present Sam moves away from the small town running away from her past from her father and sister Charlotte and tries to move forward with becoming a lawyer herself But of course something turns her world upside down bringing Sam back to her old town bringing her demons to life again alongside facing Charlie and Rusty after all these years.Wounds are slowly opened for Sam, Charlie, and Rusty showing us the raw and brutal story of what happened 28 years ago Oh my gosh this was just so fan f ing tactic Go read this NOW This has become one of my top stellar reads for 2017 flag 147 likesLike see review View all 66 comments Oct 31, 2017 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves traveling group read, overdrive 3.5 Rounded up True to Karin Slaughter A disturbing, chillingly and violent book Two teenage sisters, Samantha and Charlie experience a violent event that will change the course of their lives Years later as adults they are completely estranged from each other.Wrong place at the wrong time places Charlie in the line of fireliterally Gunfire is heard, followed by screaming Charlie doesn t hesitate She runs straight to the victims to assist When a young teen is arrested for the shooting 3.5 Rounded up True to Karin Slaughter A disturbing, chillingly and violent book Two teenage sisters, Samantha and Charlie experience a violent event that will change the course of their lives Years later as adults they are completely estranged from each other.Wrong place at the wrong time places Charlie in the line of fireliterally Gunfire is heard, followed by screaming Charlie doesn t hesitate She runs straight to the victims to assist When a young teen is arrested for the shooting, Charlie s dad quickly offers to be her legal representation Not only does he feel she may not be guilty, but in fact she may be totally innocent His unicorn Neither one of us will ever move forward if we are always looking back As the sisters reunite to assist their father in his courtroom fight, old wounds are reopened New light is shown on parts of the past that the sisters had thought was long buried.For all fans of Karin Slaughter, you know you are going to be given a book filled with graphic violence and jaw dropping shockers This one was no different I did feel at times this book lost some focus and was not as sharp as it could have been Though this was not a favorite from Ms Slaughter I ll be looking forward to her next release.A traveling sister read with Norma, Diane, Jennifer, and Jan For our full traveling sister review please visit Norma and Brenda s fabulous blog flag 127 likesLike see review View all 50 comments Sep 01, 2017 Debra rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorite books YES When discussing Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn is quoted as saying I ll follow her anywhere What Gillian doesn t know is that she will have to step in line behind ME Cop Town was my first Karin Slaughter book and it started my love affair with her books I binge read her Grant County and Will Trent Series She had me twisted up and crying in parts especially at the end of her Grant County series I couldn t read Pretty Girls fast enough If she decided to re write a phone boo YES When discussing Karin Slaughter, Gillian Flynn is quoted as saying I ll follow her anywhere What Gillian doesn t know is that she will have to step in line behind ME Cop Town was my first Karin Slaughter book and it started my love affair with her books I binge read her Grant County and Will Trent Series She had me twisted up and crying in parts especially at the end of her Grant County series I couldn t read Pretty Girls fast enough If she decided to re write a phone book, I would stand in line to read it Yes, I am gushingbut her books are KICK ASS I have honestly not read a book by her and been disappointed She is at the top of her game and I believe she is only getting warmed up I look forward to years and years of reading her novels Did I say she is my favorite Author My husband actually said I m happy and excited for you when we picked up The Good Daughter at our local library.Having said that, her books are not for everyone There is violence, horrible, horrible things happen to people This may be hard for some people to stomach But violence is not kind, it is not sweet and it is not pretty Violence is graphic and raw, Slaughter does her research and consults with a lot of professionals when she writes her books She does not write her scenes to titillate but to show how gruesome crimes and attacks can be Her scenes are realistic not gratuitous Plus, lets not all forget that she is an awesome writer She writes complex characters and if you have read her series you will know that she has incredible character development as those series progress I do believe she could make quantum physics sound interesting to me How can a woman who likes to post photos of baby animals on Facebook write such books She is brilliant I could wax on all day about her but I will just give you the gist of this story Charlotte and Samantha Quinn s father is a defense attorney who represents some questionable people His recent case involved a rape acquittal and the young rape victim committed suicide rather than live with what happened to her Emotions were high and raw Their father was not the most popular person in town Their home was recently burned down and the family had re located to a farm house One evening the girls were at home with their Mother when two masked men entered the home As the blurb goes Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint One runs for her life One is left behind Charlotte grows up to become an attorney herself and lives in the same hometown as her father She finds herself at the scene of a school shooting and her past comes back with a vengeance An estranged family member also comes back as well Secrets are revealed, the what really happened that night is revealed The hows , the whats and the whys become known to all parties Whew That is it I am not going to give any of the story away GET OUT THERE AND READ THIS BOOK ALREADY Then see if you don t want to read and by Slaughter There is a reason that Karin Slaughter has such a HUGE fan base She writes amazing books Her writing is intelligent, thought out and well paced There is NEVER a dull moment She has layers to her plots She has fantastic character development I also like that her characters have flaws and are not always likable and may make mistakes and use poor judgement In essence that is what makes her characters feel so real to me She has fantastic pacing and I have literally sat at the edge of my seat reading her books Highly recommend See of my reviews at openbookpost flag 124 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Sep 25, 2017 Shelby trains flying monkeys rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves liburry book, netgalleyhatesme, read 2017 When I see a new Karin Slaughter book coming out I get all excited I ll beg and steal I kid to get my greedy hands on a copy I totally got denied an ARC copy of this one and I think I whined for 2 weeks Total first world problems I sucked it up after my husband told me to shut the hell up and requested it from my lovely library Then proceeded to be almost late for work because I couldn t stop reading it.Two sisters had their entire life changed twenty eight years ago They and their mot When I see a new Karin Slaughter book coming out I get all excited I ll beg and steal I kid to get my greedy hands on a copy I totally got denied an ARC copy of this one and I think I whined for 2 weeks Total first world problems I sucked it up after my husband told me to shut the hell up and requested it from my lovely library Then proceeded to be almost late for work because I couldn t stop reading it.Two sisters had their entire life changed twenty eight years ago They and their mother were attacked by two turds that their father had defended The attackers were worried that since the whole town hated the father so much that someone burned the family s house down and that might make the girls dad come after them for some legal fees People are stupid.Charlie the youngest sister stayed in North Georgia and now another tragedy has struck in their small town in the form of a school shooter Charlie herself is in the school when it happens and it starts bringing back memories of that day from years ago I m sitting here trying to decide how to review this book without giving anything away I m at a loss which is totally the usual for me I ll just fangirl over this author for a minuteI ve read Karin Slaughter for years If someone asks me my favorite authors I always name her as one of the tops I ve not fallen in love with everything she has written, but that s okayI ll still cut a bitch to get to one of her books This book was just what I wanted and if you haven t read anything by her I think this might be a good place to start She does not step away from gruesome details so put on your big girl or boy panties and buckle in A couple of my favorite passages that I remembered to mark If you fall in front of those bitches, they ll laugh at you They might try to do something worse, and I ll have to kill them Use my cane if it comes to that It s metal A possum stared at me though the door all night That s Bill Charlie turned on the giant television He s my lover Possums can transmit leptospirosis, E coli, salmonella Their scat can carry a bacteria that causes flesh eating ulcers We re not into the kinky stuff flag 120 likesLike see review View all 23 comments Oct 09, 2018 Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing review of another edition Definitely graphic gritty and violent than my normal steady reading diet but I was prepared If I m going to do graphic gritty violence Karin Slaughter is high on my list of authors to choose Read what I had to say about Pretty Girls the only other book I ve read by Slaughter I thinklol which was a few years back I believe but I remember that book from beginning to end and how I felt changes I went through as I lost an entire night s sleep like it was y Definitely graphic gritty and violent than my normal steady reading diet but I was prepared If I m going to do graphic gritty violence Karin Slaughter is high on my list of authors to choose Read what I had to say about Pretty Girls the only other book I ve read by Slaughter I thinklol which was a few years back I believe but I remember that book from beginning to end and how I felt changes I went through as I lost an entire night s sleep like it was yesterday NO BOOK to this day has ever frightened me Physically aching SCARED so I couldn t read Slaughter often but the 2nd half of that book moved me to no end I remembered loving the book I think than many readers and I did understand readers upset to toss it out the window.So here I was again a few years later I bought this book when it first came out I knew I wanted to read it but I waited until I felt certain I was ready Halloween month inspired me and I m not even particularly a fan It was fine when our children were little for a few years Today I almost don t even notice the day But for whatever reason Halloween was my excuse Not that I needed on Zillions of reviews are out there does anyone really need another So.I ll do what I love best when I wake at 3 ish am other than snuggling reading a downloaded ebook in bed and that is to chit chat with YOU GUYS I m like the energizer bunny when I first wake up Paul says I have too much morning energy I simply love quiet early mornings Favorite reading time not to worry my battery wears out later in the day and I m sound asleep by 7 30 or 8 pm most nights these days A few notes from me my mini chatter review I loved it from the get go We get introduced to three prime female characters FAST and are HOOK but the violence in the beginning STRETCHES out layers upon layers that my opinion if you can keep an emotional arms length distance from it YOU LL be fine But.if you TAKE IT IN TOO MUCH s one of the most disturbing scenes our souls would ever want to image I kept an arms distance throughout , UNLIKE what happened to me in Pretty Girls I told ya I was prepared this time around for Karin SlaughterWhat I LIKE about this author with my limited experience of 2 books , is between the riveting blood thirsty suspense is her sensitivity and understanding of the complexities of family from deep love and grief to choices made as in reacting as a way to comfort and survive Basically she has a great read on a wide scope of humanity.good and evil Karin is a wise woman and it shows through her writing Her ability to develop her characters are so vivid you almost could believe they real people.Terrific storyteller QUESTION Have any of her books made it to the big screen I can see BOTH this and Pretty Girls as a movie Thank you to any of you who read this far a lot of morning chatter flag 127 likesLike see review View all 23 comments May 06, 2018 Luffy rated it really liked it review of another edition What did I think I thought that the book was written very compactly There was little breathing space Usually I groan somewhat when reading two timelines Not with this author.Charlotte and Samantha Quinn are mere kids when they encounter a violent encounter But now Charlotte herself is faced with going back in time to guess what happened actually.This book has unambitious goals To shock and excite maybe But it is also a testament to the talent of the author, to keep her demanding readers g What did I think I thought that the book was written very compactly There was little breathing space Usually I groan somewhat when reading two timelines Not with this author.Charlotte and Samantha Quinn are mere kids when they encounter a violent encounter But now Charlotte herself is faced with going back in time to guess what happened actually.This book has unambitious goals To shock and excite maybe But it is also a testament to the talent of the author, to keep her demanding readers guessing And in the end, doesn t all art have twists and turns I do recommend this book It s well worth reading flag 102 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Nov 14, 2017 Carol Bookaria rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2017, fiction, mistery thriller, top 2017 Twenty eight years ago the Quinn family was getting ready for dinner when two masked men entered their home changed their lives forever Twenty eight years later a violent event has shaken the small town of Pikesville and past secrets that seemed to be buried are resurfacing I do not want to give any details, just know that this is a great thriller.The book is narrated from different points of view and alternates between the present and the past The story is gripping and kept me captivate Twenty eight years ago the Quinn family was getting ready for dinner when two masked men entered their home changed their lives forever Twenty eight years later a violent event has shaken the small town of Pikesville and past secrets that seemed to be buried are resurfacing I do not want to give any details, just know that this is a great thriller.The book is narrated from different points of view and alternates between the present and the past The story is gripping and kept me captivated The only thing is that I realized an important plot point early on.Overall I enjoyed the novel and plan to read books by the author flag 121 likesLike see review View all 35 comments Jul 09, 2017 Gary rated it really liked it review of another edition This is a stand alone novel by author Karin SLaughter that also featured in a prequel titled Last Breath.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 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 This is a stand alone novel by author Karin SLaughter that also featured in a prequel titled Last Breath.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 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.I enjoyed the writing in this one, small town feel with some superb characters that make this book a very good read.I would like to thank Net Galley and HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review flag 96 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Aug 27, 2017 Mackey rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves my reviews, favorites, legal fiction thriller The Good Daughter is Karin Slaughter s most recent stand alone and a must read for all of her fans It is a gripping, intense family drama involving a crime that happened 28 years ago but which alters the course of the future, a school shooting and all of those involved The book opens with the story of Charlie, her sister and the original, horrific crime It is told in very graphic, gruesome detail which Slaughter writes so very well It brings the tale to the present day and the scenes of a sc The Good Daughter is Karin Slaughter s most recent stand alone and a must read for all of her fans It is a gripping, intense family drama involving a crime that happened 28 years ago but which alters the course of the future, a school shooting and all of those involved The book opens with the story of Charlie, her sister and the original, horrific crime It is told in very graphic, gruesome detail which Slaughter writes so very well It brings the tale to the present day and the scenes of a school shooting also described in vivid detail However, despite the details not all is as it seems and as the story continues to unfold we learn much about the sisters, their fate, and what really happened so long ago There are so many twists and surprises in this book and, at times, I felt that some were added for shock value alone which is why I rated it 4 rather than 5 stars The ending, however, was one I did not suspect and believe to be very good Slaughter is an amazing writer and this story truly will not disappoint her fans or those who might be new to her flag 101 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Sep 19, 2017 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Holy crap, this book was INTENSE By the end of the prologue, I was breathless And the intensity didn t stop Karin Slaughter s pacing of this book is fantastic Tension tension tension tension I love the Quinn family Defense attorney dad, Rusty, and genius mom, Gamma, have two teen daughters, Sam and Charlie I find it hard to call them dysfunctional because they make everything work for them They are funny, quirky, unique The brutality unleashed on this family might be called unthinkable, Holy crap, this book was INTENSE By the end of the prologue, I was breathless And the intensity didn t stop Karin Slaughter s pacing of this book is fantastic Tension tension tension tension I love the Quinn family Defense attorney dad, Rusty, and genius mom, Gamma, have two teen daughters, Sam and Charlie I find it hard to call them dysfunctional because they make everything work for them They are funny, quirky, unique The brutality unleashed on this family might be called unthinkable, but in reality it happens somewhere every day Slaughter pulls no punches with the violence It s not gratuitous it is necessary for the story.This book got into my head and my heart from the first page My emotions were pulled every which way I laughed and cried I feel the need to thank Karin Slaughter for letting me come down off the adrenaline slowly at the end Karin Slaughter just keeps getting better and better, and this is her best yet flag 99 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Oct 13, 2017 Erin rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves october 2017, book club, written by women Karin Slaughter is an evil genius.So far I ve enjoy everything Karin Slaughter has written, this is a standalone book I think The book starts with events that happened 28 years ago and then jumps into the present Several of the main characters are lawyers but it isn t really a legal thriller even though there is a really fun courtroom scene I loved the Quinn family especially the father Rusty, he is hilarious and completely insane in a good way Much of the book is about the events that h Karin Slaughter is an evil genius.So far I ve enjoy everything Karin Slaughter has written, this is a standalone book I think The book starts with events that happened 28 years ago and then jumps into the present Several of the main characters are lawyers but it isn t really a legal thriller even though there is a really fun courtroom scene I loved the Quinn family especially the father Rusty, he is hilarious and completely insane in a good way Much of the book is about the events that happened in the past and how they are affecting the characters in the present day The Good Daughter had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish Karin Slaughter never disappoints me She is becoming one of my favorite writers of dark and disturbing mystery and suspense Karin Slaughter novels are not for the faint of heart This novel was suspenseful and entertaining to the very end I did not see the twist at the end coming and I pride myself on always guessing the twist in books Not this time though I was completely shocked and had to reread that twice.I highly recommend this and all Karin Slaughter novels.A Book for all Seasons Book Club flag 98 likesLike see review View all 21 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Play Book Tag The Good Daughter, by Karin Slaughter 3.5 Stars 7 20 Jan 04, 2019 12 29PM The Mystery, Crim Im looking for a buddy to share with the reading and discussion 1 25 Dec 26, 2018 09 34AM Around the Year i The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter 2 14 Oct 07, 2018 06 04AM Pleasant Valley L September Book The Good Daughter 8 16 Sep 21, 2018 03 04PM YA Buddy Readers The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter Restarting September 5th 2018 30 63 Sep 09, 2018 03 21PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed