The Good Daughter: A Novel
Charlotte Quinn is The Good Daughter. She stayed in her hometown to practice law just like her father, Rusty. No one would have blamed her if she left after her mother was killed and her sister shot when she was a teenager. Almost thirty years later, Charlotte is at a middle school when a teenager allegedly shoots two people. Charlotte is a witness, and the incident brings up a lot of memories about what happened in the past–things she has been trying to move past. She will have to put those aside in order to help her father get to the truth of what really happened at the school that day.
The first thing I want to say is that the description on the inside flap of this book is almost completely inaccurate. This book is more of a drama than a mystery or a thriller. There is also so much foul language. The dysfunctional relationships and people are abundant in this story, which is actually understandable, considering what they went through.
The story itself is not terrible, but it kind of rankled me that it was not what I thought it was. I think if you like legal dramas, like John Grisham writes, or just dramas in general, you will enjoy this book. Both of those are genres I tend to steer away from, hence my frustration when I unknowingly was sucked into one. I also don’t understand the picture on the cover at all. It seems to have nothing to do with anything in this book. It’s like they found a cool picture that looks mysterious, so it seemed like it should go on there. I can see, though, how Karin Slaughter’s books get turned into movies and television shows. This book definitely read like a really foul-mouthed soap opera.