The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the bestselling author of Pretty Girls.
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 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 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 ...
'A compelling thriller with immense heart ... The GoodDaughter is To Kill A Mockingbird times 100 - dark yet endearing anda classic of its time.' AustralianWomen's Weekly
‘This is a great writer at the peak of her powers. Karin Slaughter is at her nail biting, heart stopping, emotionally draining best.’ Peter James
'Karin Slaughter’s most ambitious, most emotional, and best novel. So far, anyway.' James Patterson
‘Simply the best book you'll read all year. Raw, powerful and utterly gripping – yet written with a tenderness and empathy that will break your heart’. Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of THE HELP
Praise for Karin Slaughter:
'I'd follow her anywhere' Gillian Flynn
'One of the boldest thriller writers working today' Tess Gerritsen
'Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled' Michael Connelly
'Passion, intensity, and humanity' Lee Child
'A writer of extraordinary talents' Kathy Reichs
'Fiction doesn't get any better than this' Jeffrey Deaver
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Karin Slaughter’s terrifying thriller isn’t for the faint of heart, but those who dare plunge into this story will be rewarded with wall-to-wall suspense, surprisingly real characters, and the bestselling author’s trademark smart and shockingly dark storytelling. Charlie Quinn is a small-town lawyer who can’t escape her father’s notoriety or the violent tragedy that shattered her youth. When she becomes a witness to a horrific crime, Charlie’s submerged memories break through. The Good Daughter thoroughly rattled us.
In the prologue of this gripping standalone from Thriller Award finalist Slaughter (Pretty Girls), Zach Culpepper and an accomplice break into the Pikeville, Ga., home of attorney Rusty Quinn, who has become an unpopular figure for his advocacy on behalf of "outlaw bikers, drug gangs, and child killers," as well as abortion clinics and unions. Ironically, Zach is someone Rusty has defended in the past. The thugs gun down Rusty's wife and brutalize his teen daughters, Charlotte and Samantha. Samantha is shot in the head and buried alive, her fate left uncertain. Flash forward 28 years: Charlotte, now a lawyer, gets caught in a school shooting that claims the lives of the principal and a student. Charlotte spots a teenager wearing goth makeup holding a gun, but she believes something about the crimes doesn't add up and investigates herself. Meanwhile, the shooting incident revives memories of the trauma that she and her family suffered years before. Slaughter keeps the twists coming, but some plot developments come at the expense of psychological depth. Author tour.
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Starts with a bang
Great read. This book starts with a bang. From the first few pages I was hooked. Hard to keep up such pace, a slow burn keeps you turning pages. All-in-all a great read.
A challenging read with flashbacks and intriguing, complex characters but oh, so worth it! The author is definitely a masterful storyteller.
The Good Daughter
This was a great read even though parts were horrific, uncomfortable and confronting. The writer has delivered a great story and uses effective writing structures or effects to bring home to the reader terrifying events. The characters, setting and plots made for intrigue, and plausibility. It totally made me think about our values, the culture of convention and conditioning, resilience and making the best of ourselves, love, loss and so much more.
Congratulations Karin Slaughter