Published by William Morrow on August 8th 2017
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
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Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…
Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.
Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…
I really, really enjoyed this book! I don’t think there has ever been another book that sucked me in from the first chapter like this one did. That first chapter was so well written yet so devastating that I just wanted to keep reading about these characters and the after effects of what happened to them. What I enjoyed the most was this wasn’t a typical thriller type book. While there were definitely elements of a thriller, and twists that caught me by surprise, it was more a family driven drama about the aftermath of not one, but two, tragedies. The story had layer after layer of story as I kept reading. I was so very invested in each character and their story. It was a 500+ page book and I read it in 6 days. I couldn’t wait to get home from work so I could read more and I was even reading on my lunch breaks. That is when I know I am reading a great book! I read it for book club and I can’t wait to hear what everyone else thought about it. I don’t want to give any spoilers away so I will stop my review here but do yourself a favor and get this book! This is the second one of her books I have read and loved them both so bravo to Karin Slaughter! I can’t wait to read some of her other novels.
“Sometimes, your world turns upside down, and you need somebody to show you how to walk on your hands before you can find your feet again.”
“Nothing ever truly faded. Time only dulled the edges.”
“You don’t understand how the world works. That there are consequences you can’t predict. That bad choices, bad deeds, can corrupt you.”