I am so thrilled to be on the blogtour for Karin Slaughter’s latest book – a standalone thriller that grasps the heart and squeezes it ’til you buckle.
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. It left the family fractured, 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, 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…
My goodness but Karin Slaughter knows how to tell a rip roaring story! In this standalone novel, it is readily apparent that she has lost none of her flair.
Charlotte and Samantha Quinn are sisters, living in rural Pikeville; different personalities, but both in awe of their mother, Gamma, a scientist with a love for astronomy. Their father, Rusty, is a lawyer who will offer up a robust defence for every redneck and lowlife in town should they need it.
One evening when both sisters are in their teens, violence and savagery knocks on their door and nothing will ever be the same again.
28 years later Charlie is a lawyer, operating out of her father’s offices, though not in practice with him, when she becomes involved in a school shooting that will bring back everything she has tried to suppress for the last three decades.
One way and another Charlie’s life has been blighted by the events of the past. She and her husband Ben, a prosecutor with the District Attorney’s Office, are having marital troubles and Charlie is feeling lost and alone.
The school shooting throws everything out of kilter for Charlie and she has to re-evaluate all her relationships and come to terms with what has happened before she can move forward.
This is such a well told story with wholly convincing characters and a plot that is intricately woven with tension, twists and turns and a surprise ending that leaves you gasping.
I think it is her ability to make you emotionally connect with her characters that is the real strength of her writing because you will them to succeed.
I love Karin Slaughter’s writing and this book is yet another 5 star addition to her canon.
The Good Daughter is published by Harper Collins 0n 13 July 2017
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is the #1 internationally-bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestsellers Cop Town and Pretty Girls. She has sold over 35 million books, making her one of the most popular crime writers today. She is passionate, no-nonsense, provocative, and is one of suspense fiction’s most articulate ambassadors. Her Will Trent Series, Grant County Series, and stand-alone novel Cop Town are all in development for film & television. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. www.karinslaughter.com
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