#22 The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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…

Paperback | 528 pages

Publisher: HarperCollins (24th July, 2017)

Oh yay! She did make a longer book with Charlie! Can’t wait for this, I feel it’s going to be good.

Easy as Pie. Took me 6 hours to read. I almost forgot about lunch as I was so engrossed.

So the Charlie I remember from ‘Last Breath’ had really only just gotten her wings. Her character was fresh and exciting and I enjoyed the fact that she was in a healthy marriage and had a mysterious past.

The Charlie here had definitely grown up. She was seasoned, angry, witty, and broken but reading about her became so addictive, like I could somehow understand her more if I devoured every inch of the book.

The dynamic between Charlie and Ben had changed, as had the dynamic between Charlie and Rusty. It showed growth of character that they were themselves but different.

A lot of how I perceived Rusty was through Charlie’s opinion of him but it was interesting to see his character explored and for my own opinion of him to change.

Sam was an unknown force and it took me a white to warm to her but I do think she was essential to the plot. I don’t think it would have worked so well without her.

Easy to visualise. Apart from the detailed crime scene, I was more focused on the characters rather than the overall setting.

The mystery around the hidden truth really captivated my desire to read this. I wanted to understand what had happened 28 years ago and how it had shaped the characters I was reading about. I already had a glimpse of the characters so, going into reading this was super easy.

Perfect read in the hot weather we’ve been having and it totally bounced me back from the darkness of ‘Pretty Girls’. I really enjoyed reading this – 6 hours well spent!!!

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