The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

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I would like to thank Harpercollins via NetGalley for a free copy of this book to review.  Nevertheless, this review is fully my own thoughts and comments.

The Good Daughter

Gamma the mother of two girls, Charlie and Sam, is at home when two gunmen enter their house. A house that they have not long lived in since their home was burnt down, no one had been home but everything else had been lost. The girls are in the house too. Their father, a lawyer, is at work. The next few hours were to tragically, horrifically change their lives.

Twenty eight years later another tragic event happens. Two people killed in a school shooting one is the principal, the other a child Lucy Alexander.  This was a middle school, Lucy was eight years old. Charlie was at the school to see one of the teachers when the shooting takes place. They hear the shots, then a women screaming for help. The teacher calls it in as Charlie runs toward the scream, the shots. Charlie and Huck reach the hallway finding the dead headmaster, the screaming woman holding Lucy and Kelly Wilson.  Kelly is sitting against a wall holding a gun.

Review of The Good Daughter

Karin Slaughter so well known for her Georgia and Will Trent series has recently written some stand alone books – Cop Town and Pretty Girls and now The Good Daughter.

We read about what happened to both sisters, we read about how this leads to their estrangement, how twenty eight years later it is still impacting upon them and then how out of the second tragedy they are thrown back together and maybe how they can start truly come to terms with everything that happened. Their father has taken on the case of Kelly Wilson but then gets stabbed his life in the balance.  What will happen to Kelly now? Will the sisters be able to unravel what actually happened at the school? Or will it weigh them down even more and maybe be the last straw?

There are some terrific characters besides the sisters – Gamma, Rusty, Lenore, Ben even those with cameo roles such as the Judge and Jack.

As the stories unfold, that of the school shooting and those of Charlie and Sam from 28 years previously, Karin Slaughter weaves them into a wonderful whole. It is not an easy read at times, no surprise to anyone who has read other books by this author, but it is gripping, very well written and a captivating book. One that will live long in the memory. She writes of people who are very real, in situations that are appalling real with humanity, heart and grit. This book is well worth reading, highly recommended and is, perhaps, her best yet.

Rating: 5*

Information

Published: 8 Aug 2017

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. http://www.harpercollins.co.uk

http://www.netgalley.com

Meet the Aithor: BBC interview with Karin Slaughter http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rk58f

Summer Reads 2017 Challenge

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I am joining the Summer Read 2017 Challenge.  This was originated in a terrific blog 746books please use the link above to find out all about the challenge.

This is actually the second year that I have taken the challenge but last year I tried for the full 20 books but found that it was really too much, although I did just about manage it!  So this year I have decided to take on the 10 books of Summer and have a reserve list should I find that I can manage a few more books.

My 10 books of Summer

The Last Bus to Woodstock (Morse 1) by Colin Dexter

A Great Reckoning (Gamache 12) by Louise Penny

I See You by Claire MacIntosh

Wire in the Blood (Hill & Jordan 2) by Val McDermid

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millenium 1) by Steig Larson

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemmingway

Cold Kill (Monkeewrench 7) by P J Tracy

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

The Breakdown by B A Paris

More Books: if I find the time or decide one of the above is not for me then I will choose one, or more, of the following (in no particular order):

  • Go Set a Watchman by Haper Lee
  • The Mother by Yvette Edwards
  • The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer
  • Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  • Love from Boy by Roald Dahl
  • The Goldfish Box by Lisa Thompson
  • Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
  • The Teacher by Katrina Diamond
  • Poems to Make Grown Women Cry Ed. Anthony and Ben Holden

I will post a quick note on each of the books I read.

Kathy Reichs: Two Nights

This is the post excerpt.

 

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Please note that the following review is my opinion and has been based on reading a proof copy of this book due out in July 2017.

Main characters:
Sunday (Sunnie) Night: Ex-military, Ex-cop, lives ‘of the grid’ on Goat Island near Charleston and is very careful about personal security; Striking not only because of her height but due to a facial disfigurement from her time as a cop.
August (Gus) Night: Sunnies brother.

Plot:
After a bombing in Chicago near a Hebrew school 12 months ago Opaline Drucker asks Beau, Sunnies foster-father, to arrange a meeting with Sunnie. Opaline is a wealthy, southern lady who wants Sunnie to find the people responsible for the bombing in which her daughter, Mary Gray Bright, and grandson, Bowen, were killed and where her granddaughter, 15 yr old Stella, went missing.  Opaline believes that Stella has been taken by the bombers. She wants ‘justice’ for the deaths of Mary and Bowen. She wants Stella back, if she’s still alive. Opaline knows things about Sunnie which make her believe she is the right person for the job. After meeting Sunnie agrees to take on the case. She travels to Chicago. Following leads, gathering information – not always in a lawful way – knowing that her brother Gus has ‘got her back’ Sunnie uses her military skills and police know-how to look for the bombers. She puts herself in harms way but everything is to find Stella if only she’s alive.

There is an inter-weaved story which helps explain some of Sunnies demons from her childhood and time in the military. We learn about the incident which leaves Sunnie disfigured and to her leaving the force.

This is a ‘stand-alone’ book but one that would easily lend itself to become a series. If that was the case, I would hope that the ‘demons’ Sunnie has aren’t overplayed. It is great to have background and understanding of why the main protagonist behaves as she does, her character and relationships. As a reader, I want them and understand the need for them. But there also needs to be a way forward whether that is to overcome, or accept and be able to live with, them. It would be interesting to see how that would be handled. I would welcome more from Kathy Reichs should she decide to write more.

Review
Kathy Reichs, well know for her Tempe Brennen series, branches away from the world of forensics and FBI investigations into the world of private investigation with her new book Two Nights. This may not be loved by all those who are Kath Reichs Tempe followers but I very much enjoyed it, it is well written as you would expect from Kathy Reichs, it has pace, the characters are great and it is a terrific read.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Due to be published UK: July 2017

Publisher: William Heineman, London

Genre: Crime Fiction

With thanks to William Heineman, London (Penguin Random House, UK) for providing me with a proof copy to review.

 

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