Title: The Good Daughter
Author(s): Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow
Original Release Date: August 8th 2017
Genre(s): Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Aficionados of thrillers have heard plenty of great things about Karin Slaughter. Author of Pretty Girls, the Grant County series and the Will Trent series, her ability to write captivating stories filled with wonderful characters and breathtaking mysteries is undisputed. The Good Daughter is her most recent novel that delivers a character-driven family drama centering around two women who have been struck by tragedy at a very young age.
Notice how I refrain myself from calling it a thriller? The Good Daughter reads much more like a story gravitating around the relationship between two sisters, between two daughters and their father, and between these sisters and their significant others. The mystery thriller element is not absent. It only felt like it was left in the background in order to serve as the fuel to the fire that will ultimately bring these two women to reflect on their lives and their blood-tied relationship.
In The Good Daughter, we’re savagely thrown into a brutal life-threatening event for both Samantha and Charlie Quinn. Alongside their mother, they are visited by unwelcome guests who have nothing but harmful intent written all over their foreheads. Following this chapter, Karin Slaughter continues to be ruthless and kicks off this book’s story with another tragedy that occurs 28 years later. Told through Charlotte’s point of view, she demonstrates her ability to quicken the pace while unveiling the story in slow-motion. How? Don’t ask me. Find out for yourself.
The story also has two other interlude chapters that repeats the tragedy that these girls have lived through early in their lives, while either changing the point of view to Samantha instead of Charlotte, or by adding additional information that were not disclosed before. Crucial to the story, this strategy might seem unnecessarily repetitive to some, it does wonders in keeping the readers hooked and wanting for more. The story then jumps back to present times and switches the point of view over to Samantha in order to build furthermore the case that is left lingering throughout the book.
There are some really well-executed plot twists along the line, but somehow I saw them coming. Not to say that I’m some genius who sees everything five steps ahead, but I feel like the very nature of this book made me think about the best options the author could select in order to deliver a fantastic story and those are what ended up happening. Readers can be assured that everything in this story develops at a steady and captivating pace, whether it’s the mystery behind the case or the relationship between all the main characters.
The Good Daughter was an interesting thriller with its focus on different family dynamics, notably between these two sisters. With dialogues that could go on forever, Karin Slaughter does a marvelous job in bringing these two to life and creating authentic personalities that have been heavily scarred, physically and emotionally, by the past. Their coping mechanisms and fragile emotional states are explored with finesse and offers a nice glimpse into themes of depression and revenge.
If you haven’t tried anything by Karin Slaughter yet, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.
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MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆
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