An enjoyable, if not meandering read.
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I’m reviewing the latest Karin Slaughter book, The Good Daughter. When two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint, one runs for her life and the other is left behind. 28 years later we visit to discover “Who is the good daughter?”. This was my pick for my most highly anticipated July read, so what did I think?
^^ [Blows out a long puff of air] #TheGoodDaughter is another stonker of a book. Weighing in at approx 585 pages, you can imagine how big it is. Now this is not a problem, but it does make me wonder if all of it is going to be necessary, even before I started the book. And I have to say I don’t think it all was.
^^ Yes, this is a great story. Between the pages there’s love, laughter, loss and sadness. I was truly taken by this family and all they went through, then and now.
^^ Yes, Karin Slaughter can definitely write well, and easily made me feel for her characters; their pain, their heartbreak, the good times and the bad. This psychological thriller is all about the family drama, the terrible things the two girls went through, how their family suffered, and how they finally found themselves and their new roles in life. Albeit with the emotional and physical scars, to remind them of their suffering.
^^ But no, to too much detail. Now, I understand I have an ARC copy and the final edition could be whittled down a lot, and I’m not supposed to moan too much about ‘editing’ because of this, I cannot help but point out that I felt some of the chapters were just too long and a bit meandering. I also understand this provides great insight to each character, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I do think it’s a point to mention when I found myself skim-reading some of the slower chapters. You know, those meaning to give you a bit of breathing space in between the fast paced action ones. Trouble is, there wasn’t enough action packed scenes for me either.
^^ In addition, I think the “Who is the good daughter?” theme is slightly misleading, unless I just didn’t get it, I never did find out. Maybe this is why this is the first of a new series, and the best is yet to come?
^^ I take it someone must have told her about the rhyming thing… The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter?
Overall: An enjoyable, if not meandering read. I’m a fan of Karin Slaughter’s work, and have to say that although this is not my favourite book of hers, I’m now eager to read the following books in the series to see how this book falls into place with those to come. Although, I’m not sure what is left when this book covers everything… Sadly, three stars, which fits with Amazon’s “It’s OK”, rating. It wasn’t awful, it wasn’t my next rave-about book, just okay.
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