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The Good Daughter

A Novel
Written by: Karin Slaughter
Narrated by: Kathleen Early
Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (481 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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, 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 30 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.

©2017 Karin Slaughter (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ok but not great

I feel like I’m a minority in my feelings about this book. I chose it because there were so many wonderful reviews for it, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. But in the end I’m left feeling sort of empty about it all.

I found the writing to be quite repetitive at times which was annoying. “She picked up her glasses.” “She stirred her tea.” She rubbed the cats ears.” “She looked out the window.” “Sam said.” “Charlie said.” “Rusty said.”
Over and over again the author uses the exact same wording. I used to write like this when I was in elementary school.

Some of the reviews that I read before starting talked about the book keeping them on the edge of their seat. They were unable to put the book down. Always wanting to know what happens next. Twists and turns. Etc etc. Honestly I found this book rather boring and slow. It had its moments, times when I felt interested and actually wanted to keep going. But more often than not it was just a lot of blathering on about the characters doing ordinary daily things like walking or swimming or looking for something in a messy office full of papers.

There were no twists or turns. I had the ending figured out very early on. I kept wondering if maybe the author would throw a curve ball my way and make me gasp in astonishment when I realized I was wrong about the ending. But no. The ending played out exactly the way I said it would.

Overall I was disappointed. I had really high hopes for this book and it let me down.

On a more positive note I will say that I enjoyed several of the characters, as some of their relationships were enjoyable.

The narrator did a decent job. Definitely not the best one I’ve listened to, but she was alright.

I definitely won’t be listening to this book again.

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The Good Daughter

Overall it was a good story, however it is very dark so be aware of that going in. There are also a lot of parts that repeat for emphasis and to retell from different POV, however it's overdone and makes the book a bit tedious at times.
There were quite a few twists, most of which I saw coming but still made for a good story.

The main thing I did not like about this audio book was the narrator. She put to much emphasis on H's in words like What and Who. At times her pronunciations felt distracting, but that might just be me.

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Fine

Alright story, interesting with some good twists and turns. I found the narrator annoying with her screaming bit. Some might find it engaging but to me it was like finger nails on a chalk board. I found myself dreading it and turning the volume down in anticipation.

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Good Daughter... Great Author!

Slaughter is so poetically gifted! The way the story plays out - Fabulous!! Kathleen Early's narration does the book complete justice. Five star Audible book all the way!

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What a story!

As a relatively new "listener" of books, I am so glad this was one of my first picks. Karin Slaughter does and amazing job of keeping me at the edge of my seat with all the twists and turns as she slowly fleshes out the story. I loved the 2 voices of Charli and Sam, and Kathleen Early was masterful at bringing their stories to life. Early speaks with such emotion that truly makes listening to this story a gift.

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Don’t pay full price

The Good Daughter was an alright book, but that great. Not worth full price or a credit. Maybe it was on a daily deal. I found there to be A LOT of repetition of facts. Sometimes the repetition was necessary for the storyline, but sometimes it made for tedious narrating. The narrator was okay; however, her enunciation of words with “wh” at the beginning was starting to annoy me by the end of the book.

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2 Hours of Entertainment, 16 of boredom

Very little happens in this book, with only the beginning and ending being entertaining. The story at its heart, is a family drama, with the crime taking a backseat. The family drama however, is boring. If this book was half the length I probably would have thoroughly enjoyed it. All the family drama was repetitive and the emotions were already evoked early on, that it felt like the story was dragging on.

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Not my favorite Karin Slaughter novel

It's worth a listen if you catch it on sale. I feel the story was rushed and glossed over at certain points.

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Can't recommend

I'm usually a fan of Karin Slaughter books but not this one. It was okay, not great. It almost seemed like she hadn't planned the end the book and just weaved characters together. Excellently narrated.

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Wonderful

I found this book hard to get away from once I started it was really interesting!

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  • shelley
  • 2017-08-09

Karin Slaughter has done it again!

As stated by the other reviewers, you can always count on Karin Slaughter for a good read/listen. Nor will I restate the synopsis of this book as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say I was initially a little disappointed that this was not another book in the Will Trent series BUT I have to admit that this book is far from disappointing.
Right from the beginning you get a picture of a family that isn't quite right in their interactions. Following the murder of the wife/mother the surviving members loose their cohesion and it takes another 20 years for them to reunite.
This is a really good stand alone book and a great place to get acquainted with this author if you've never heard anything written by Slaughter before. She has such a good style of writing and knows how to pull a reader in. Her characters are very well developed and her storyline complex enough with out getting confusing or predictable. In this book she goes back and forth between the present and the past and wraps up with a solid and complete ending (no cliffhangers). I do hope that if this does become a series that it doesn't mean the end of the Will Trent/Sara Linton series.
Kathleen Early does a fantastic job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-30

great performance, a bit graphic

loved the characters and the narrator performance was great! downside - a few very graphic scenes that I had to skip through. I almost stopped listening to the book because of this, but the sister connection was intriguing and I cared about the outcome of their relationship.

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  • Lauren
  • 2018-12-17

Disturbing & Graphic

I read plenty of mysteries and thrillers and usually I’m not very affected by them, but I found this one deeply disturbing and overly graphic. Her writing and character development is exceptional, but I could not get past the graphic details to fully enjoy this book.
It should also be noted that triggers in this book include a very graphic rape scene and a school shooting.

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  • tracie
  • 2019-05-08

Awful! Very disturbing.

Okay, so you know how sometimes books have something negative or disturbing, but then the good outweighs the bad? That is not the case here. This book is so very violent, graphic and disturbing...that even the interesting characters doesn't make up for it. I listened to the bitter end, and yet there was no magical moment nice enough to make up for all of the horror.
I think, truly, that the author is very fixated on violence, and I hate to speak negatively about anyone. Every detail of crimes was given again and again. There wasn't just one terrible crime, but many. If the author was trying to be realistic in detail, she was only successful in one crime, in my opinion. It isn't realistic for one person to have more and more horrific crimes thrust in her face, either. It isn't realistic that she might have survived at least one of them. One of the perps (no spoilers) seemed so shocking that it just ended up feeling lame. Therefore, I am left with the impression that the author is fixated on extreme gore.
Also, the language is horrible and at times, there were some rather crude (and unnecessary) things mentioned. Wonder if they were there to enrich the book?
Anyway, I definitely do not recommend this book to anyone who wants a positive outcome to a story (such as, well, it was a horriblel crime, but look at the victory the main character had in the end!)...very, very little satisfaction to be found here; very little of anything positive. The only reason I gave it 2 stars was because the characters were interesting, and the relationship between the sisters was somewhat positive.

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  • AK Raven
  • 2017-08-09

⭐️My Vote for THE BEST in 2017 thus Far! ⭐️

If you're a Karen Slaughter fan you will enjoy this book. If you new to her work, give her a try. She has a talent to create strong, complex, rich characters who capture your heart in spite of their flaws, struggles and personal baggage.

While I miss Sara and Trent, two of Slaughter's greatest characters, I loved the sisters in this book, Charlie and Sam, almost as well. The Good Daughter is a long novel with a very well developed plot. Reading or listening to the prequel, The Last Breath, may help introduce the some of the characters and provide background details but is not crucial to understand the plot of The Good Daughter so don't worry if you skip it.

I love books that invokes my emotions and Slaughter is a master. I felt it all while listening to this book. I laughed, cried, cringed, empathized, angered,sympathized, and most importantly I could not stop listening! The interactions of her characters are so authentic, at times I could not help but remembering events from my own childhood and relationship with my family, especially with my sister.

The quality of the recording is professional. Kathleen Early did a great job narrating. I was impressed how she portrayed each character with passion using inflection, tone, pitch and emotional expression.

Together, Slaughter and Early has created a fantastic audible listen! I will not provide the plot summary, the book details and other reviews will do plenty of that. However, if you are sensitive to bad language, beware there are several f-bombs, especially by Charlie's character. It does not feel unnatural to her character nor does it draw back from the book in my opinion but some might find offense. You can always return the book if it's or to your liking.

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  • Diana Hart 33
  • 2017-08-27

painful to listen to

I'm not quite done with this "novel" yet, I'm not sure I'm going to. It's "painful" to keep listening to, because it keeps going in circles! over the same thing, then just as you think it's gonna move forward, it circles back and rewrites over what had already been said. Frustrating to say the least. this is the second book of this series, the first was short (4) hours and good, this one starts off completely confusing to the listener because it is completely different from the first. the story line is different, the relationships are different, and it's depressing, I almost thought I was out of sequence because it didn't make sense to me. it is the second in the sequence, but that's not much help. nothing I dislike more in a book, is when there is a time you think you're gonna get some information to make things come together, and it drops off the side of the earth! just frustrating to me, the narrator is good, it's about the only reason I'm still listening, maybe I want to see if this story is ever gonna come together and finally make sense! Done with the book, It's long, and I won't listen to it again.

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  • KRO
  • 2017-10-09

Boring long drawn out story

I am a fan of Karin Slaughter, but this was just boring. The story about a law case with an excessive amount of details that can only be described as rambling.
It was terrible.
I have been waiting for this book to end since the first hour in.

Extremely disappointed. I wish I hadn't read it and ruined the high esteem in which I held Karin Slaughter's books.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 2018-11-07

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I have to say i love a book that starts with a HUGE scene! This books is filled with twists and turns and a lot of shocks. I'll admit I feel like these characters were very unique and a little odd at times. The story was a little unbelievable but not in a bad way. I wasn't overly surprised by the twists in the story but it had my attention from the beginning. I think I liked Ben the best of all the characters, he was a good guy from the beginning! I also loved that the sisters found their way back into each others lives. My first Karin Slaughter but probably not my last.

The narration was fabulous! She really gave every character their own voice!

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  • DCG
  • 2017-10-11

this dragged, and dragged and was too slow

I like the action to start at the beginning and keep up at a good clip. This was too bogged down in ethical discussions, like two lawyers or psychiatrists discussing issues, and I finally had to give up. Im not interested in a side love story or someone's moral dilemma that goes on for chapters. Give me some action, or I drop out.

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  • DJMama
  • 2017-10-13

Don't expect an ending in this book. Boo.

Great story, however, I felt it was slow, taking too long and drawn out to get to the point. I am extremely dissatisfied I would have to buy another book to get to the end. Boo.

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