Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

Title: Last Breath
Author: Karin Slaughter
Published: July 2017, Witness Impulse (HarperCollins Imprint)
Format: E-book, 176 pages
Source: Personal copy

Protecting someone always comes at a cost.

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.

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?

My thoughts: I am still a relative newbie when it comes to Karin Slaughter - I've only read one full-length novel and one short story before picking up this one. And I picked up this one because it's a prequel to her latest stand-alone book, The Good Daughter, which I will be reading in the next few weeks.

What I loved about this short story is that it not only introduces us to the main character of the upcoming book, Charlie Quinn, but it gives us a little bit of her backstory and some insight into her character. She has not had an easy life but despite that, she has made a good one for herself. We meet her husband, Ben and her father, Rusty Quinn, who had a part in her the tragedy that befell her when she was young. 

I also loved that this short story felt complete. Sometimes these short stories just fall short - they just manage to introduce us to a character but the plot lacks. In this case, that was definitely not the case. Not only do we get a great introduction to Charlie, but the case she ends up working on felt complete - it wasn't rushed, it felt like the story was told without leaving us hanging by giving us a partial story. And boy of boy, was it a crazy case - I definitely didn't see it playing out quite the way it did. 

I am very eager now to pick up The Good Daughter...especially if this short story is any indication of what I am in store for! 


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3 comments

  1. I read Karin Slaughter years ago and have been wondering about The Good Daughter as it sounds good. This short story would be perfect for me to try.

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  2. I've only read one Slaughter novel (Pretty Girls) and thought it was fantastic so I definitely plan to read more. I think a short story sounds perfect!

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  3. The Good Daughter was my first Karin Slaughter novel and I had no idea that there was a prequel! Now, I need to pick it up this one.

    I can't believe I have never picked up her books. I've been missing out.

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