The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter Two Girls Are Forced Into The Woods At Gunpoint One Runs For Her Life One Is Left Behind…

Twentyeight Years Ago, Charlotte And Samantha Quinn's Happy Smalltown 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

Twentyeight 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

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10 thoughts on “The Good Daughter

  1. says:

    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 more character-driven.

    It's not a bad thing. Slaughter more closely resembles my beloved Tana French in style, making her books more 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 more 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)

  2. says:

    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.

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    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 Goodreads 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 more 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.

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    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 more 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.

  3. says:

    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 more 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 more 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

  4. says:

    *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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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 more 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.

  5. says:

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    4.5 Stars!!!!

    After 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.

  6. says:

    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 again
    Come all without, Come all within
    You 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)

  7. says:



    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 more. In all honesty, I don't feel there is much more 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 more years to uncover.

    “Nothing ever truly faded. Time only dulled the edges.”

    There were so many things that I loved about this book..and 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 more 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 warning..

    For more information on The Good Daughter and Karin Slaughter please visit: Karin Slaughter's Website

    Also, here is an interview with Karin Slaughter on The Good Daughter: Interview

  8. says:


    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.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    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 large.

    OMG, 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 Goodreads and have given an honest review in exchange*

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