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…
Synposis taken from Goodreads

The Good Daughter was written by Karin Slaughter and was published on the 13th of July. It has around 580 pages and is a Thriller/Mystery.

In exchange for an honest review I received this eARC from the publisher on NetGalley. Thank you very much!

Except for a short story that was part of Pretty Girls, I’ve never read anything by Karin Slaughter before. Many people had amazing things to say about her books and loved them dearly, so I knew my time had to come sometime. And so it did. In a way, this thriller was different than the ones I had read the months before. Maybe its length and therefore the ability to develop the characters better also played a part in that. All in all, a book I loved reading (and listening to, because I additionally bought the audio book for it).

The dynamic of the Quinn’s and the overall dynamic and structure of Pikeville were amazing and well detailed. A huge part of The Good Daughter was depending on the feeling those two parts portrayed. The world was so well built that I would instantly read another story from one of the characters in Pikeville if it were written.

The repetition of the key event in this book was fundamentally important to the plot, at least in my opinion. It was intense and even though it was repeated it offered more insight in the feelings and horrible experiences the Quinn sisters hat to go through. Near the end it got so intense and heart-stopping that I nearly started crying, which I hardly ever do when it comes to thrillers because I felt so sick of all the bad things that had happened.

The only slight annoyance I had with this book is that the synopsis doesn’t do it justice. It’s a rather default-y thriller synopsis and there would have potentially been more potential, but what do I know. The synopsis didn’t get me as hooked as the actual book did after reading a bit of it.

It was a lovely reading experience and a lengthy one at that, but I did get something in return from this book for the time I have invested in it. ★★★★☆

 

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