Last Breath by Karin Slaughter
Published May 16th 2017 by HarperCollins
I had just started reading THE GOOD DAUGHTER, when I happened to come across this prequel to the novel. I decided to stop reading TGD and read this first. I’m happy that I did.
Protecting someone always comes at a cost.
Charlie Quinn was just thirteen years old when a sudden act of violence changed her life forever. In many ways she blamed her lawyer father for what happened. However, she still ends up becoming a lawyer herself. But she’s not going to be like her father. Charlie wants to make a difference and really help people.
The book opens as Charlie is at a career women speaking event with the Girl Scouts. It seems like most of the girls don’t care that she’s there. She’s also not feeling well. Suddenly, she knows she’s about to be sick and bolts for the bathroom. It’s there that one of the girls decides to talk with her. As the girl, Florabama Faulkner (Flora) starts to talk about her life, Charlie feels a kinship with her. At first, Flora is hesitant to say what she really wants to say, but finally blurts it out….
“I want to be emancipated”
Flora tells Charlie about everything that’s going on. Charlie feels for this seemingly fragile, young, and lonely girl. She wants to help her. People like Flora Faulkner are one of the main reasons Charlie chose to move back to Pikerville, instead of working at some hotshot firm in some big city.
But not everything is what it seems. Normally as a defense lawyer, she knows more about her clients, their friends, and family etc. than they know about themselves. But this time, Charlie isn’t sure just what she’s gotten involved in.
I thought this was a really good prequel. I found the plot really interesting and it really helped give some insight into some of the characters especially, Charlie Quinn.
At 176 pages this was a nice quick read. I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary to read it before reading THE GOOD DAUGHTER but I think it adds a little something.
Now, I’m really excited to get back to reading THE GOOD DAUGHTER!