The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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Decades after an attack on her family that left her mother dead and her sister traumatized, a New York-based lawyer returns to her hometown to help her father save the life of a young woman accused of a school shooting.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2017
ISBN: 9780062430267
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 17, 2019

2017; William Morrow/Harper Collins

Another gripping, gritty suspense story by Karin Slaughter! I would, and almost have, read anything by her. As I have said many times, I love the realistic and flawed characters Slaughter creates. There is a fine balance to caring or not caring about assholes in suspense books. You may not like them and hope they are the next victim, but you still want to be around to find out of they are and most important keep reading.

In The Good Daughter, we have two storylines - one, is in the present where a young girl is accused of a school shooting. The other story arc takes place in the past, of two sisters who are traumatized by a violent crime that still affects their life. I don't want to say anything further as I want you to read and enjoy the suspense.

Again, I want to caution that Slaughter is not for everyone. She is dark and gritty, and the stories are often so psychologically twisted you wonder if you are weird for "enjoying" the book. This book is no different. In saying that, I still think everyone should read it!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Jun 07, 2019

great book, couldn't put it down! not teen appropriate (my 13 year old saw how into it I was and begged to read it.)

May 18, 2019


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Dec 07, 2018

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

Nov 16, 2018

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

Aug 30, 2018

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

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

Aug 27, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 13, 2018

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

Jul 03, 2018

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

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