Charlotte and Samantha witness the brutal shooting of their mother by Zach Culpepper, a client of their father, Rusty Quinn, who is a notorious defense attorney in the southern town of Pikesville. Zach and his partner in crime wear ski masks but the girls recognize Zach’s voice and he calls the second man, who shoots Samantha, “brother.” Sam survives the shot to the head but does not remember the incident, leaving Charlie as the key witness. Twenty-eight years later, Charlie is an attorney in Pikesville and witnesses another horrific crime: a school shooting that leaves the principal and a small girl dead at the hands of another student. The incident unleashes all the dreadful memories that Charlie has been suppressing and triggers a string of events that twist and turn to result in an intense psychological thriller. Karin Slaughter, once again, captivated and entertained me with her unique genius.
— Guest Reviewer Bunny Hand
“The Good Daughter is like Law and Order meets The Good Wife.” —theSkimm
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The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.
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…
Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.
“Simply one of the best thriller writers working today. I’d follow her anywhere.”
“Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers, and if you haven’t yet read her, this is the moment.”
“Enter the world of Karin Slaughter. Just be forewarned, there’s no going back.”
“Fiction doesn’t get any better than this.”
“A fearless writer. One of the boldest thriller writers working today.”
“Every Karin Slaughter novel is a cause for celebration.”
“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.”
“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.”
“This is a great writer at the peak of her powers. Karin Slaughter is at her nail biting, heart stopping, emotionally draining best.”
“If you’re into mystery thrillers, then you’re into Karin Slaughter.”
“It is Karin Slaughter at her very best”
“Chilling, but with a lot of heart, this is a thriller you shouldn’t miss”
“But the success of writers like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins and Karin Slaughter isn’t just due to the fact that they’re women... It’s about writers comprehending why women are so compelled by stories about brutal, graphic violence in the first place.”
“Though this is a crime novel, suspenseful and thrilling in every way, at its heart it is an exploration of family and the ties that persist through the most difficult moments... Slaughter delves into our darkest selves to reveal what is truly human.”
“The plot twists here are satisfyingly surprising and plausible, but it’s Slaughter’s prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers…Slaughter’s satirical touches are as deft as her grimmer renditions of real life.”
“Slaughter’s work is like a professional athlete coming to the playground to show the kids how it’s done. With her themes, tensions and metaphors, she has a talent for classic literature that is often missing in recent fiction.”
“The darkness of the past is very present in this utterly chilling thriller. With heart and skill, Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last.”