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The Good Daughter

Narrated by: Susie James
Series: The Good Daughter, Book 1
Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,202 ratings)

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Summary

The stunning new stand-alone audiobook, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the number one best-selling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

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 defence attorney - devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, 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 30 years ago won't stay buried forever….

©2017 Karin Slaughter (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"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 has - by far - the best name of all of us mystery novelists. More to the point, The Good Daughter is 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, best-selling author of The Help)

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Depressing

What would have made The Good Daughter better?

More about the characters and less dwelling on the graphic details of the horrible event at the beginning of the book.

What was most disappointing about Karin Slaughter’s story?

I found it very depressing with a constant rehashing of the event at the beginning in graphic detail, without really going anywhere as a story.

What character would you cut from The Good Daughter?

None

Any additional comments?

I nearly abandoned this at several points, but it would then offer a glimmer of hope that it was actually going to develop, only to disappoint again.

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Fairly repetitive in parts

What did you like best about The Good Daughter? What did you like least?

Was a good overall story, however the unnecessary repetition of chapters simply from a different person's perspective was just annoying. Also the long descriptions from the mother on certain things added absolutely nothing to the story line and just made you want to fast forward to get back to the proper story

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ending was ok, was a bit predictable from early on in the book

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Cant' think of one

Could you see The Good Daughter being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No

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outstanding

I didn't think Karin Slaughter could get any better but wow, this could very well be her best yet :) activating characters and a truly gripping story

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a good twist!

I enjoyed it tho seemed slow at times. The twist at the end was very good.

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Disappointed

I'm a diehard fan of Karin Slaughter and was so excited to listen to her latest offering. However, this book left me rather disappointed. It is by no means up to her usual gripping standards - I in fact found it rather dull and tedious. The narrator did nothing to help matters either. I don't like being negative but this really wasn't great.

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Great stuff!

When on the hunt for a thrilling book I know I will enjoy, the first stop is often Karin Slaughter. She is one of my go-to authors. And deservedly so. Karin Slaughter, Lisa Unger and Lisa Gardner (mentioned in no particular order!) all have the ability to draw up multifaceted, likeable characters with buckets of gumption and ample vulnerability too. Even after the most harrowing danger unfolds on the page, these talented authors seamlessly flip the story on its ear to give the reader some much needed levity in a way of offsetting the gore. Call me crazy but I relish crying one minute and laughing the next, even before the tears have dried!

Specifically regarding The Good Daughter, there is much joy here. The setting in Georgia is not my home town but reading this makes me feel as if it was. The small town environment makes me reflect fondly on growing up in Indiana and the wholesome nature of country people. Not rednecks, as such, but salt of the earth types who strive to live a good, quiet life. This is so perfectly illustrated in The Good Daughter.

The relationship between our main characters, though strained, does reflect real life in a way that anyone with siblings will quickly recognize. At each other's necks arguing then flip the coin and they are taking on the world side-by-side as if best friends. Yup, that's family. Complex and so well recreated here. Plus, the sarcasm is in top form here, not to be missed. The smartness of the banter is, quite possibly, some of the best I've read. I feel I've learned a fair bit at the knee of Gamma and Sam.

I don't want to get into the story but will limit myself to applauding the flashback sequences. We do go back to the same fateful evening a few times but it gets fleshed out with greater detail at each pass. It's a horrible event that is described in sickening detail so if you are squeamish, take it slow. There's too much information in these remembrances to pass by entirely. Also, the build up of the story and the big reveal is done flawlessly. There are more loose threads than you might think hanging out there and they get tied up in a satisfactory way. A really great, touching story I am so pleased to have listened to.

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Her books just get better

I've always been a fan of Karin Slaughter but U actually think her stand alone novels are even better than the series books she writes, though I love them too. This book didn't disappoint.

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Amazing!

I could not stop listening. Kept me gripped from beginning to end. Can't recommend it enough if you like Karin Slaughter books.

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Captivating story.

Intriguing descriptive story with multiple layers, strong characters with nuanced depth. Well read by Susie James, thanks Karin, looking forward to the next tale from your creative mind.

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Absolutely splendid!

From beginning to end-fabulous read(audio/listen).

Could not wait to hear the next section! If you like a good taut thriller, this is the one for you.

Never read her before, will try another!

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  • Milica
  • 06-08-19

Heavy but good

Samantha and Charlotte are sisters that went through a terrible ordeal when they were young and their mother was murdered. There is now a new murder that they are investigating.

The story was very cleverly revealed, going through the past and present simultaneously and connecting the characters in mind blowing ways. There are a number of twists which wereamazing and hectic. The story was very good, but also a bit heavy so i would not recommend this for sensitive listeners.

Overall, the story was thrilling, mysterious and action packed.

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  • Charmaine P
  • 20-05-18

Suspense and entrigue

Great listen and very good story with many twists and guessing. I wasn’t crazy about the narration and I hated the blasphemy. I really battled to keep listening.....

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  • Sue @Crushingcinders
  • 18-01-18

I loved it

I loved this brilliant, gripping and unpredictable story. A five star book.
Kathleen Early's narration is excellent.

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  • Louise
  • 10-11-17

Entertaining

Story captures your attention from the start. Little details become available all through the book to keep the audience's attention. Enjoyed it very much. Narrator was a little dull at times but all in all worth the listen.