Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ★★★★★


The 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.



My thoughts:

Can you guys tell how much I got hooked after trying out one of her books? It was intense and awesome and I couldn’t get enough of it so I decided to try some more! This book is another one of her standalones and I got it on my library’s hoopla app as an audiobook and since I wasn’t feeling like reading at all, I decided to give it a go.

My goodness guys, if you’ve read Pretty Girls and thought that that was intense? This one was too, although in a different way. This book gave me so much empathy to the main characters because I was among them throughout their whole life pretty much, before and after the terrible tragedy that happened to them. I felt their fear, anger, humiliation and grief. It even got a bit too much for me at one point that I had to stop listening for a bit to gather myself.

I think Karin Slaughter does a fantastic job at showing how tragedies can affect people, because as strong as we are, we’re also extremely, extremely fragile. Alas, it comes with being human. This book also shows how many different ways grief manifests in different people. Some become angry while others become hollow versions of themselves.

This story made me laugh, cry, worry, and feel a plethora of emotions, sometimes all at once. It makes my heart happy to see siblings with an awesome relationship being showcased in a narrative because I resonated with that deeply. It also made me solidify my belief not to take life for granted, instead, to be thankful of it every waking moment that I have.

As a last note, this has plenty of triggers. It mentions extreme violence, abuse, violence towards women, murder, and rape among others. If I have missed anything, my apologies, but you get the gist. This is not an easy book but if you can manage it, I highly recommend you to read it. Karin Slaughter will definitely be an auto-buy/auto-read author for me from now on.


Have you read any of her works? Do you have any other author/book suggestions similar to this? Please comment down below to let me know, let’s have a chat!



Lots of love,


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