Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karen Slaughter

Dear Bookworms,

The Good Daughter: A Novel
By Karin Slaughter

This week is another thrilling mystery by Karen Slaughter. I was blown away by Pretty Girls (check the tags at the bottom of this post to read that review) and just had to jump into another one of her reads.

Twenty eight years after a devastating tragedy in a small Georgia town ripped a family apart, two estranged sisters, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn find themselves back together again after another tragedy strikes again. A defense attorney like their father, Charlotte finds herself at the scene of what appears to be a straightforward case of homicide. Witnessing such a devastating crime, Charlotte is brought back to that night, twenty eight years ago, when she is forced from her house at gunpoint with her sister, her mother dead in their kitchen. Memories long buried and locked away, return and even more so when here estranged sister, Samantha (a patents and contract lawyer) comes back to town to help. The two sisters find themselves embroiled in a capitol murder case which when held under a microscope, isn’t as cut and dry as originally thought. The two women must work together to help a possibly innocent woman charged with murder, while fighting the demons of their past that have resurfaced after years of trying to forget.

Absolutely riveting read! This one was told in a series of flashbacks, both from Samantha and Charlotte’s perspectives of that night twenty eight years ago, interspersed with the present. Slaughter has a uncanny ability to create such drama and tension in her scenes, I would find myself literally holding my breath in anticipation. The book was a two fold mystery; as the reader, piecing together the events of the night their mother was murdered and the two sisters were taken from their home at gunpoint as well as what exactly happened with the murders Charlotte found herself at the scene of in the present. There were many twists and turns of which I was NOT expecting ( I’ll admit I gasped on more than one occasion).

If I wasn’t already hooked on Slaughters writing style and insanely amazing plots, The Good Daughter absolutely solidified that for me, I’ll definitely be reading more of her work (and guys- she’s got a lot out there!), and soon!

Until next week friends!

XOXO,

Coco

Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Dear Bookworms,

Pretty Girls
By Karin Slaughter

Good grief this was a heavy read. I did want to add a trigger warning to this one for extreme violence and sexual assault. If you are sensitive to those topics in a read, this one probably isn’t for you.

Two sisters, estranged for over twenty years after the disappearance of their oldest sister tore their family apart, are content living their vastly separate lives. Claire, a multi- millionaire trophy wife, spends her days playing tennis and arranging social events. Lydia, an ex-junkie with a teenage daughter and an ex-con boyfriend, owns her own pet grooming business, scrapping together to provide what she can for her daughter; she leads a quiet if comfortable life. It took her years after the disappearance of their sister Julia to get her life back on the straight and narrow.

Claire finds her life turned upside down after a botched robbery results in the death of her husband; and when the FBI starts snooping around her house asking questions about her husband, Claire isn’t sure what to think and starts digging herself. When Claire finds shocking evidence of her husbands vile, violent secret life, she reaches out to Lydia, after over twenty years. The two sisters find themselves wrapped up in something far more sinister and dangerous than either could have imagined. Connections are forged between their sisters disappearance over 20 years ago, and Pauls murder in that ally. The two are racing against the clock to connect the dots, before it’s too late and what’s left of their family is irrevocable torn apart.

Let me start off by saying this was a fantastic read. The attention to detail, the twists and turns (THE TWISTS AND TURNS!) made for an absolutely riveting read. It was deeply chilling and disturbing; I got literal goosebumps while reading. Beneath all the horrible violence and evil, there was a bravery and resilience that was reaffirming to read. Despite what the two sisters were up against, they fought. And I don’t mean physically (although there was that and it was oh so satisfying) but they fought with their minds and they fought to not give up. There were moments that I was sure one or the other would crumble under the pressure, but their resilience always shone through. They leaned on each other when they were too overwhelmed to handle the pressure and isn’t that what’s so special about relationships with those we love? We shoulder the burdens when they can’t carry them anymore and they do they same for us. This read a fast paced ball of action, there were literally no dull moments.

Slaughter definitely has me hooked (and man what a name for a crime thriller writer huh?) and I will be sure to add her other novels to by never ending TBR list.

Until next week my friends!

XOXO,

Coco