Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

This novel is a gritty, dark and unflinching psychological suspense that will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.

The Good Daughter follows two sisters, Charlotte and Samantha who experience a horrific event as teenagers which leaves their mother dead and forever changes the course of their lives. 28 years later, Charlotte (Charlie) is once again thrust into a terrifying situation that forces her to face the unresolved trauma of her past.

The book begins with one of the most gripping chapters in any book ever, but I don’t recommend it for anyone who does not like gory details. This story is unbelievably frightening. The detail in the descriptions serves to make the injustices and crimes all the more infuriating.

The only cons I have are the pacing was a bit off for me in some parts, and without giving away spoilers some of the red herrings were (in my opinion) a little bit far-fetched. As mentioned, it also contains graphic descriptions of violence among other things… but there’s not much else I can say about it that won’t contain spoilers.

One thing to note is that the story does not progress in a linear fashion. It unravels slowly before reaching its final satisfying denouement. This plot structure supports the story’s character-driven nature beautifully. In true Gone Girl/Gillian Flynn style, Karin Slaughter carefully reveals and withholds information in such a skilful way as to make this slow-burn approach well worth your time.

I want to end this review by saying that much of the intrigue of The Good Daughter can be found in the unexpected plot twists and character revelations which make up a huge part of the reading experience. If you love a suspense thriller with some depth I recommend giving it a go, it’s so much more than a cheap crime mystery.

Read it if you’re looking for: a good mystery thriller, solid characters, unexpected twists

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