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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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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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