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Book Review – The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

What does the title ‘A Good Daughter’ conjure up? A book about homely domesticity perhaps? A saga about the complex relationship between mother’s and daughters? How about a fast paced thriller in which a murder has changed lives forever? Surprised? With this book it is best to expect the unexpected.

I had been meaning to read A Good Daughter for a while. It seemed to have a lot of good reviews on Twitter so I had high hopes before I even started. Which can be a double edged sword. Sometimes if your expectations are too high it can lead you to be disappointed by what is a perfectly good book. Luckily that wasn’t an issue this time.

The Good Daughter focuses on the lives of two sisters Samantha and Charlotte and a horrific, violent event in their childhood in which they witness the murder of their own mother amongst further atrocities. But life has a way of continually moving on for the living. Even when you want to grab hold of time to make it stop it stubbornly plods on. And so this family find themselves decades on from the event embroiled in another shooting and facing their demons, some old, some new, but all issues that they will have to face now. The new events bring to light the truth of what happened to them and their mother all those years ago. Can this family heal from the scars of their past?

I liked the tidy little cast in this book. It felt like each of the characters was drawn very precisely. As though Karin Slaughter had really visualised them sitting around in their pyjamas to work out who they were. I could practically smell the girls’ father Rusty (he smelled of cigarettes!)

This book, like all good thrillers (well like all good books really) was an utter page turner (or audio turner in my case as I listened to the audio book.) Every time you thought you had it all figured out, it would throw something else at you and you’d have to reassess the whole situation again. It takes real skill to do this, and I was so impressed by the authors ability that I will definitely be looking out for more books by Karin Slaughter.

If you like a good thriller with a plot that keeps you on your toes then The Good Daughter is the book for you!

Next week I’ll be reviewing the sequel to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, the gruesomely named Bring up the Bodies is on the blog next Monday. Come back and see what tricks that old rogue Henry VIII is up to now…

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