Hey, Savvy Readers! As the end of summer quickly approaches (already?!?!?!), I’m trying to squeeze in as many books by the pool as possible! And I’m glad to say that I could cross this one off my TBR, because it is AMAZING.
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter is a thrilling tale of family, suspense, and emotion.
This book doesn’t waste any time, and dives straight into the action. The story begins in 1989 in Pikeville, Kentucky. Fifteen-year-old Samantha Quinn and her younger sister, Charlie have moved into an old farmhouse with their parents after their house burned down. The girls’ father, Rusty Quinn, is a defense lawyer who often takes on cases that nobody else will. He’s made many enemies in town, some of whom could have started the house fire.
The Quinn family hasn’t even unpacked their belongings when a brutal and violent attack changes their lives forever. Two masked men enter the farmhouse and murder Charlie and Sam’s mother, Gamma. The girls are taken into the forest where Sam is shot, buried, and left for dead, and Charlie manages to escape.
Miraculously, Sam survives, and the story jumps ahead 28 years. The bond between the Quinn sisters has been severed: Samantha moved away, while Charlie followed in her father’s footsteps to become a defense attorney in Pikeville.
When another tragedy comes to town – this time, a school shooting – and Charlie is first on the scene, all of the terrible memories the Quinn family has tried to suppress begin to resurface. And when there is doubt that the young girl accused is actually the shooter, Sam and Charlie come together to help.
Jumping back and forth between the present and 1989, secrets are revealed and the truth slowly comes together.
The Good Daughter is an absolutely engrossing read. This dark story is an emotionally charged family drama. Sam and Charlie are damaged but so strong. These two women drive the action forward and will have you ripping through the pages to get to the explosive ending. Karin Slaughter is such a talented thriller writer and you will not be disappointed by her latest novel!