The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter is a raw, intense and honest thriller that will stay with you for a long time. I feel like this book was part crime thriller, part examination of family ties. Charlotte and Samantha Quinn suffer through a horrific family tragedy when their home is attacked by two men out to seek vengeance from their criminal defense lawyer father. Their mother ends up dead and the family is never the same again. Fast forward 28 years, and a terrible crime in town has Charlotte drawing up unwanted memories from her own fateful night. As a witness to this new crime, Charlotte is reminded of things she would rather not think about and as the story progresses, the Quinn family learns more about themselves and each other as they begin to revisit what happened to them all those years ago.
I had to spend a few days thinking over this novel before writing a review because it was so much to wrap my head around. I enjoyed the fast paced sections of the book that were more thriller-esque, but I equally enjoyed all of the characters and seeing how they were dealing with their shattered family. I thought all of the characters were engaging but most of all: realistic. There are some very raw and gritty scenes (that may be triggers for anyone with history of abuse) that create a very emotional background. This was one of those books that I was thinking about while I was at work, grocery shopping, doing life things etc. I couldn’t wait to get back into it. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and will definitely be reading more Karin Slaughter in the future!