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The Good Daughter
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The Good Daughter
A Novel

"The Good Daughter is like Law and Order meets The Good Wife." —theSkimm

Instant New York Times Bestseller

theSkimm Book Club Pick!

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.

"The Good Daughter is like Law and Order meets The Good Wife." —theSkimm

Instant New York Times Bestseller

theSkimm Book Club Pick!

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.

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About the Author-
  • Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her twenty-one novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling standalone novels Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novel Pieces of Her is in production with Netflix, starring Toni Collette, and the Grant County and Will Trent series are in development for television.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 26, 2017
    In the prologue of this gripping standalone from Thriller Award–finalist Slaughter (Pretty Girls), Zach Culpepper and an accomplice break into the Pikeville, Ga., home of attorney Rusty Quinn, who has become an unpopular figure for his advocacy on behalf of “outlaw bikers, drug gangs, and child killers,” as well as abortion clinics and unions. Ironically, Zach is someone Rusty has defended in the past. The thugs gun down Rusty’s wife and brutalize his teen daughters, Charlotte and Samantha. Samantha is shot in the head and buried alive, her fate left uncertain. Flash forward 28 years: Charlotte, now a lawyer, gets caught in a school shooting that claims the lives of the principal and a student. Charlotte spots a teenager wearing goth makeup holding a gun, but she believes something about the crimes doesn’t add up and investigates herself. Meanwhile, the shooting incident revives memories of the trauma that she and her family suffered years before. Slaughter keeps the twists coming, but some plot developments come at the expense of psychological depth. Author tour. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates.

  • Kirkus

    Starred review from August 1, 2017
    Slaughter's latest break from the punishing travails of Dr. Sara Linton and Will Trent (The Kept Woman, 2016, etc.) uses a school shooting to reunite two sisters who've had compelling reasons for avoiding each other in the years since their own childhood horrors.Twenty-eight years ago, two masked men broke into attorney Rusty Quinn's Georgia home looking for the man of the house, the kind of lawyer who gives lawyers a bad name. In Rusty's absence, things went south instantly, leaving Gamma Quinn dead, her daughter Samantha shot in the head and buried alive, and her daughter Charlotte fleeing in terror. Sam somehow survived and rose above her brain damage to become a successful New York patent attorney; Charlie remained in Pikeville, joined the criminal defense bar, and married ADA Ben Bernard. But she and Ben have separated; she's taken solace in some quick sex with a stranger in a parking lot; and when she goes to the middle school where her one-night stand works as a history teacher to pick up the cellphone she left behind, she walks into the middle of a shooting that brings back all her own trauma. Goth girl Kelly Wilson admits she shot and killed Douglas Pinkman, the school principal, and 8-year-old Lucy Alexander, but Rusty, whose inbox is already overflowing with hate mail provoked by all the lowlifes he's defended, is determined to serve as her attorney, with Sam as a most unlikely second chair. In addition to the multilayered conflicts among the Quinns and everyone else in town, Sam, who urged her sister to flee their childhood nightmare, and Charlie, who's had to live with fleeing ever since, will have to deal with memories that make it hard for them to sit in the same room. It's hard to think of any writer since Flannery O'Connor, referenced at several key moments here, who's succeeded as consistently as Slaughter at using horrific violence to evoke pity and terror. Whether she's extending her franchise or creating stand-alones like this, she really does make your hair stand on end.

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  • Booklist

    Starred review from June 1, 2017
    Slaughter stays true to form in her third stand-alone thriller (after 2015's Pretty Girls), not pulling any punches when it comes to the sordid things people are capable of inflicting on one another. As teens, sisters Charlie and Sam endured a living nightmare when a local hood, seeking revenge on their lawyer father, murdered their mother before marching the girls into the woods. Sam narrowly escaped being buried alive, while Charlie buried what happened to her deep inside. Nearly 30 years later, both women, now attorneys themselves, are fragile (Charlie, emotionally; Sam, physically) and estranged from one another. When Charlie gets caught in the middle of a school shooting, all hell breaks loose as the past catches up to the present, grim secrets are revealed, and the sisters come together to heal their wounds and their family. It's not hyperbolic to declare that Slaughter is a master of her craft. Her characterseven the secondary onesare deep and multifaceted, and here, the tightly packed story unfolds at a perfect pace that leaves readers frantically turning pages even as the harrowing violence within makes them cringe. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Slaughter routinely hits the best-seller lists and is a favorite of both librarians and patrons. She will disappoint neither with her latest.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2017, American Library Association.)

  • Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help "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."
  • Gillian Flynn "Simply one of the best thriller writers working today. I'd follow her anywhere."
  • Lisa Gardner "Enter the world of Karin Slaughter. Just be forewarned, there's no going back."
  • Jeffery Deaver "Fiction doesn't get any better than this."
  • Michael Connelly "Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivaled among thriller writers, and if you haven't yet read her, this is the moment."
  • Tess Gerritsen "A fearless writer. One of the boldest thriller writers working today."
  • Kathy Reichs "Every Karin Slaughter novel is a cause for celebration."
  • James Patterson "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."
  • Peter James "This is a great writer at the peak of her powers. Karin Slaughter is at her nail biting, heart stopping, emotionally draining best."
  • Huffington Post "It is Karin Slaughter at her very best"
  • Happy Ever After blog, USA Today "Chilling, but with a lot of heart, this is a thriller you shouldn't miss"
  • The Atlantic "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."
  • Library Journal "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."
  • Washington Post "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."
  • RTbookreviews.com "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."
  • #1 Worldwide Bestselling Thriller Writer, Camilla Lackberg "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."
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