The Good Daughter | Karin Slaughter | Buddy reading

The Good Daughter
Karin Slaughter
Murder mystery Thriller
Willaim Morrow
8th August 2107
bought myself

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…

Get yourself comfy…. this is going to be a long one!

I read this with an Instagram buddy  bemis_reviews_books, I had seen this banded around social media and all the bookie places that I surf, I have never read Slaughter before, so this was a new experience.

I am a stubborn being and was staving off reading this until later, as I am 99%  of the time disappointed when I jump upon the bandwagon of the hype, However, when I saw that Maria was going to read it, we decided that we would read it together.

That aside, I did start the book in all eagerness, knowing that my buddy was reading as well, it was fun, because, not only can you discuss at the end and see the book through someone else’s eyes, but to know that they are reading the same pages and wondering what was going through their minds, page after page.

She indeed saw it differently to me, which is great, as it makes for a better discussion 🙂

Here was one of her comments and I totally agree

It was interesting that we took the main character differently, without spoiling the plotline, Charlotte or Charlie as we get to know her, lives through a horrific experience when she was a girl and again in her adulthood, which makes her the way that she is and behaves, her thought patterns and emotions and Slaughter wrote it skillfully, but to me in parts she just hums with aggression and bitterness and I could not seem to see past that, whereas my buddy was the more empathetic of this reading partnership, which is unusual because I am normally that one.

Charlie has an older sister, who was with her on the fateful night that the bungled attack happened and both physically assaulted, one to a greater degree than the other…. gah.. it’s so difficult not to blurt it all out!!

I like to research an author, especially a new one and I read that she had in mind to write a book around a certain character, she has in her head for a while and that turned out to be this book and Gamma, the girl’s mother, I was a little taken aback when I started reading, as Gamma appeared so little in the book, she was mentioned more posthumously and, you never know, might have been the catalyst for the story going forward, as she was written as a very intelligent and strong woman, The father on the other hand Rusty seemed to live for his work, a lawyer that seemed to take the cases that nobody else would take, the degenerates of society and general scumbag, he believed in justice for all no matter their crime.

You could tell he did have a love for his family, but seemed to love his work more, that is all I will say ….spoilers!

There are quite a few characters tied up in this and another important one to mention, is a girl called Kelly, whose actions and bad timing brought Charlie back into the fray of loss, guilt and betrayal.

There is so much going on between the covers, I am not finding it easy to write about and wondering if I have focused on the right bits and left out major clues and plotlines, but I guess the testament to a good review, is that it makes you want to go and investigate the book for yourself, and I hope that I have managed to do that for you.

The conclusions were quite satisfying and Slaughter wraps everything up well and succinctly.

There is an information dump in the last chapters and I had to back track several times to remind myself who was who and why they were there or mentioned.

To be realistically honest, I think I enjoyed the Buddy reading experience more than the actual book, I will not be in a hurry to read another Slaughter book, unless someone can change my mind otherwise.

It is my opinion that Jilliane Hoffman does a better job at this type of book and suggest you try reading ‘Retribution’

ok, so you can WAKE UP NOW, it is over, jiffle and go make a brew and ponder over this review! ( I am a poet and I didn’t know it!)

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