My rating: 4 of 5 stars
***Warning: graphic descriptions of sexual assault contained in this book***
Oh Karin Slaughter, how I love your writing. Karin is a master of mystery/suspense/thriller and is such an expert at portraying dark story lines in bold and graphic detail (admittedly, this might be too intense for some readers).
In my opinion, The Good Daughter almost felt like 2 separate novels. There is one plot line starring Sam and Charlie Quinn, the victims of a terrible and tragic crime many years ago. This story details the horrific past crime as well as the impact on their current lives. The other plot line stars Kelly Wilson and her involvement and incrimination in a deadly school shooting. While the stories eventually converge and the relationship becomes apparent, there were times in the book where I was having a hard time understanding how both elements related to each other. I tended to be more invested in the school shooting plot, especially because the plot involving crimes of the past was repeated in details at several different points throughout and I found myself feeling like I was listening to the same thing over and over again. However, the narrator (Kathleen Early) kept me in it, and Karin Slaughter’s writing is one of my favorites so I stuck through the repetitive parts.
At almost 700 written pages and a little over 18 hours on audiobook, this was one of Slaughter’s lengthier books. I felt like it could have probably been a little bit shorter but I still enjoyed it from start to finish.
I will say that my favorite book by Karin Slaughter is Pretty Girls and I didn’t feel like this book was quite as good, but it certainly screamed Karin Slaughter in its vivid, bold, and fearless storytelling.
My review of Pretty Girls here: https://homesweethouser.wordpress.com…