THE GOOD DAUGHTER by Karin Slaughter was a visceral, psychological thriller about lies, guilt, dark secrets, and the repercussions that tragedy can afflict on the lives of a family years later.
Karin Slaughter, as usual, writes a complex character driven story revolving around two sisters, Samantha and Charlie. These two women were intelligent, independent, filled with emotional damage but yet had an inner core of strength that I admired. I was sucked into their world and wanted to learn more about these two women. Slaughter slowly reveals the struggles and dark secrets Samantha and Charlie face each day of their lives, opening up wounds from what happened to them 28 years ago and making them face their demons.
Another thing Slaughter does well is daring to go to the dark places, showing the brutality and evil aspect of human nature. I will admit some of the scenes had me holding my breath as I read them. One scene really affected me, it was a flashback with a 13 year old Charlie and her father at Ms. Heller’s house, I had to wipe tears from my eyes as I read it.
THE GOOD DAUGHTER is a dark, gritty story filled with hidden agendas, secrets, tragedy, brimming with powerful emotions, and the complex dynamics of family relationships. At its core it’s a story about a family struggling to overcome the demons that haunt them. A brilliantly written story which left me in awe of Karin Slaughter’s story telling ability.