The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter Narrated by Kathleen Early
The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, narrated by Kathleen Early is a past/present crime and family drama.
Oh, my. Where do I start with this one? There were so many things I loved, and that I didn’t love. I took away two stars for the things I didn’t love, but overall, this is not a bad story.
Rusty Quinn is a defense attorney in Pikeville, GA. He is not a well-liked man due to his profession. After having his house burnt to the ground, he moves his family to “The HP” farmhouse.
At the farmhouse, Rusty’s wife Gamma and their daughters, Sam and Charlie, are attacked by a pair of brothers. After the brothers shoot and kill Gamma (not a spoiler), they torture and brutally harm the sisters. Charlie ran away, but Sam was left for dead and buried alive.
28 years later, Sam and Charlie reunite amidst a school shooting and a tragedy their father has encountered. At this point, the story takes off. Secrets from the past begin to surface as Charlie and Sam delve further into each other and their father.
Due to Rusty’s incapacity, he recruits Sam to handle the school shooting arraignment. Kelly Wilson, the school shooter, starts another strand of “what the heck”? She is so meek, so mild, so suggestible, so pleasing, that Sam cannot figure out what in the world is going on.
Things I loved.
- Apparently, I am a cold, cold person. A book has never made me cry before. I listened to this on audible, so part of it may have been because of the inflection from the narrator, but I cried at one point.
- Laughter. Oh, how I giggled at Sam during the arraignment. I love when a smarty-pants puts someone in their place.
- Rusty Quinn. Oh. Em. Gee. I loved Rusty Quinn. His flamboyant, free-spirited, smoking, drinking, good old southern boy persona had me wrapped around his finger. The audible narrator further enhanced my love of Rusty with her fantastic portrayal of him. (More on the narrator in a bit). I wanted to wrap Rusty up and take him home.
- Ben. I mentioned in a previous review that I found my first book boyfriend, Ben. I found another book boyfriend named Ben. Ben, Charlie’s estranged husband, is sweet and adorable and a beautiful interpretation of what a good man is.
- There were quite a few gruesome spots. I don’t mind those. They make me scared and cringe, and that’s one of the reasons I enjoy thriller/horror. But a word of warning, the cringe-worthy portions of the book do involve young teens. So keep that in mind if that’s a trigger for you.
Minus two stars.
Here are a few things I didn’t like.
- Wordy. For the love of all that is cute and fuzzy, this was a 14-hour audible story. Karin Slaughter could have effectively and efficiently told a good story in 9 hours. Toward the end, I had a lot of trouble following the plot line and figuring out what was going on because Ms. Slaughter buried it amongst ALL THOSE (unnecessary) WORDS.
- Number 2 follows the theme of number 1. As a few others have said, Karin Slaughter repeated the gory bits a few times. Granted, they were from different points of view. Now, this doesn’t bother me!! However, the first two were so similar, that I didn’t feel the second one added much to the story. (Note: There is a 3rd retelling that offers a lot of new information, that retelling was necessary).
- There were a few things that I just didn’t “get.” Did I miss something? Was I not paying enough attention? Or was it just not there? I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so those will remain a mystery for me, for now.
I give ALL THE STARS to Ms. Kathleen Early, the narrator of the audible version of The Good Daughter. Kathleen Early is the entire reason I loved Rusty Quinn so much. She brought him to life!
Ms. Early is the reason I cried… and laughed. It was like listening to a one-woman stage play. Each character had a unique voice, and she was able to run the entire spectrum of feelings they had just in her tone. She was AMAZEBALLS!
The Good Daughter would have been a one or two-star book for me if it wasn’t for Kathleen Early. I’d never listened to one of her books before. And I am now actively seeking out books narrated by her. Crazy amazing.
I loved Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls, so I am not going to let The Good Daughter be the end all. There are many books by Ms. Slaughter that I plan on reading.
The story wasn’t bad; honestly, it wasn’t. With the combination of Kathleen Early’s narration and a shorter book, this probably would’ve been a four or five-star book for me.
Though it was enjoyable, there was just too much of it.