The Good Daughter

The Good Daughter

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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...
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins 2017
ISBN: 9780062430267
0062430262
Branch Call Number: FAST READ EBOOK (NO HOLDS)
Characteristics: 1 online resource (400 pages)

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town of Pikeville is witness to a school shooting and Charlie defends the shooter. Memories are triggered in the present as Slaughter considers the dark side of family loyalties. A thriller that has its core a family torn apart by a home invasion that happened 28 years ago.

The Quinn family is torn apart by a home invasion that happened 28 years ago in the small town of Pikeville. Charlotte Quinn is now a defense lawyer and currently defending a shooter in the same town. Memories are triggered of the past event and the dark side of family loyalties are tested.

The Quinn family was torn apart by a home invasion that happened 28 years ago. Charlie Quinn, now a lawyer, survived the incident. In the same small town there is now a school shooting and Charlie defends the shooter. Memories are triggered, as Slaughter considers the dark side of family loyalt... Read More »

The Quinn family is torn apart by a home invasion that happened 28 years ago. Charlie Quinn who survived the incident became a defense lawyer. The same town, Pikeville, is now witness to a school shooting and Charlie defends the shooter. Memories are triggered in the present, as Slaughter conside... Read More »

A thriller that has its core a family torn apart by a home invasion that happened 28 years ago. Charlie who survived the incident became a defense lawyer like her father. The same town Pikeville now is witness to a school shooting and Charlie defends the shooter. Memories are triggered in the pre... Read More »


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finn75
Oct 06, 2019

I tend to avoid murder/mayhem stories but this was exceptional. Excellent plot twists and well imagined characters.

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iujigga2003
Aug 01, 2019

Interesting murder plots between the one when the daughters are 13 and 15 in their family home and then again 29 years later at a middle school. Agree with some other comments that the copy and paste got kind of old rereading past scenes with the exact same dialog only from another persons perspective or change in the "truth". Wasn't very pleased that the author added in all of these additional stories about Charlie near the end of the book to make you see her in a different light (my vibe was always indifferent throughout but then creates more compassion if the reader thought negative).

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 17, 2019

RATINGS: 4 STARS
2017; William Morrow/Harper Collins

Another gripping, gritty suspense story by Karin Slaughter! I would, and almost have, read anything by her. As I have said many times, I love the realistic and flawed characters Slaughter creates. There is a fine balance to caring or not caring about assholes in suspense books. You may not like them and hope they are the next victim, but you still want to be around to find out of they are and most important keep reading.

In The Good Daughter, we have two storylines - one, is in the present where a young girl is accused of a school shooting. The other story arc takes place in the past, of two sisters who are traumatized by a violent crime that still affects their life. I don't want to say anything further as I want you to read and enjoy the suspense.

Again, I want to caution that Slaughter is not for everyone. She is dark and gritty, and the stories are often so psychologically twisted you wonder if you are weird for "enjoying" the book. This book is no different. In saying that, I still think everyone should read it!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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belles_mommy
Jun 07, 2019

great book, couldn't put it down! not teen appropriate (my 13 year old saw how into it I was and begged to read it.)

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hsunseri
May 18, 2019

4.13

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DELVEVD
Jan 04, 2019

wow!!~! READ THIS BOOK! WOW!

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cannotbeheard
Dec 07, 2018

This book had some creative twists and turns. The plot was really creative. I really enjoyed this book but would warn anyone who is going to read it there were a lot of inappropriate scenes and words and some triggers to a couple of different things (I don't feel like I can disclose them without it spoiling the ending of the book).

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LauraSteinert
Nov 16, 2018

Slaughter is the queen of cut and paste. (Did you notice how she added nearly 100 pages to this book with copy and paste?) I was annoyed with the use of copy and paste in her series books, so I thought I'd try her stand alone book, and I was shocked at how much was repetition. She does change details in the repeated story of the mother's death, so we can't just skip through even the fifth time she tells is.
Yes it is annoying, and yes, she enjoys the gory and disgusting things she has happen to her characters, but there is still a very good story, and most of the writing is above average. This is NOT suitable for teens of cozy mystery lovers.

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lpreston214
Aug 30, 2018

I'm puzzled by the other comments on this book saying it was "repetitive" or "redundant". People! The author is showing us stuff we did not know before. It's either stuff that was left out or letting us see an event from another's viewpoint.

This was a very good book, though there are some horrific scenes, some of which are mentioned multiple times as the characters are living and reliving these things day after day. I actually thought that was realistic about the plot. Even though the first scene takes place 28 years earlier than much of the book, its effect remains front and center with the sisters. That felt very real. The 2nd shooting was a bit strange. I felt like we were not given all the evidence. Everyone thought they knew who the shooter was, but what evidence did they base that on? Anyway, even though I figured out who the real shooter was early on, I still enjoyed this book very much. My first book by this author. I think I'll try another of her non-series books.

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Dream24
Aug 27, 2018

I was totally engrossed with this thriller from the get go. The opening chapter starts off with a bang and a horrific crime is committed against the Quinn family with devastating and ever lasting consequences. Physically, emotionally and psychologically the two girls, Sam and Charlie, are never the same and still feel and live with the aftermath decades later.

The story alternates between Sam and Charlie during the past and the present. Sam is brought back into Charlie and Rusty's life when a school shooting occurs in their hometown and Charlie is left slightly on the edge by flashbacks and her own haunted memories of that horrific night.

There is something about the author's storytelling that compelled me to keep reading, I was on a quest to find out what really happened that night and how else the Quinn family were affected by Rusty's actions as a lawyer.

I like how both women are portrayed. Sam with her physical disabilities and constant struggle, Charlie with her psychological struggle and unspeakable nightmare with ruining everything and everyone who gets close to her (except for Rusty, because....well.... he is Rusty and as their father he lived with the guilt of what happened that night). When the school shooting brings both sisters back together after years of silence and separation, they are forced to confront and re-live what happened that night, their guilt and what they thought really happened

In regards to the school shooting. You can see how teenagers and people can be so close minded and cruel. There is no end to the cruelty that taunts and haunts people. I feel bad for the girl, she obviously needs special help but was taken advantage of over and over again. I am glad that Sam and Rusty are there to fight the good fight on her behalf.

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