Format: E-Book, 176 pages
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Genre: Thrillers / Suspense
The fantastic prequel to The Good Daughter, the stunning new standalone from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.At the age of thirteen, Charlie Quinn’s childhood came to an abrupt and devastating end. Two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home – and after that shocking night, Charlie's world was never the same.
Protecting someone always comes at a cost.
Now a lawyer herself, Charlie has made it her mission to defend those with no one else to turn to. So when Flora Faulkner, a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie is reminded of her own past, and is powerless to say no.
But honor-student Flora is in far deeper trouble than Charlie could ever have anticipated. Soon she must ask herself: How far should she go to protect her client? And can she truly believe everything she is being told?
Last Breath, by author Karin Slaughter, is the prequel to The Good Daughter. This story takes place in the year 2004, 15 years after 28 year old Charlotte "Charlie" Quinn survived a brutal attack on her family that ended her mother's life. Even though it was her father's job that led to her mother's death, Charlie is now a defense attorney. She struggles to pay her bills, but she is also married to the love of her life, Ben Bernard, who works for the DA's office.
Charlie has a different set of values from her father, but that can't stop her from getting caught up in a devious game concocted by a rather smart young woman. While at a Girl Scout event, Charlie is approached by a bright young girl named Flora who claims she wants to be emancipated. That things at home are not exactly good. Flora, who lost her mother at a young age, reminds Charlie of her own loss. How can Charlie turn away Flora's request for assistance when she drives so many emotions? In a way, Last Breath reminds me of that old age story about of the spider and the fly. "Will you walk into my parlor? said the Spider to the Fly."
The story tells of a cunning spider, in this instance 15-year old Florabama Faulkner, who uses a bit of cunning and flattery to lure Charlie into her web. There are so many layers of deceit, and betrayal, that you must hold on until the final page to see how things actually turn out. At 176 pages, this story is just the right length to get everything you want out of the story. Slaughter has been at the top of my list of authors to turn to when I need a brilliantly written story, with twisted characters, and layers upon layers of curious poses. She is the master of plot twists, and all of her characters have issues which makes them more enjoyable to read about.