Last Breath (The Good Daughter 0.5) – Karin Slaughter

last breath

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: Witness Impulse

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.

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 honour-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?

I absolutely loved The Good Daughter, so when I discovered the prequel I knew I had to read it just to spend more time with these characters.

Last Breath follows Charlie as she takes on a pro bono case for a teenager honor student looking to get emancipated. As with The Good Daughter, Last Breath focuses heavily on the characters, namely Charlie, as she works on the case. The case is interesting and full of surprises and twists despite it being a novella, but it’s a testament of Slaughter’s writing that Charlie as a character is just as interesting if not more.

Throughout the novella, Charlie wrestles with her past, the trauma that has shaped her thought process, and her everyday issues. There isn’t a dull moment as the reader follows Charlie through her day and mundane thoughts as well as the intricacies of the case.

I read Last Breath after The Good Daughter and I would absolutely recommend that reading order. I’m not sure what there is to get out of Last Breath without having the context of The Good Daughter. Had I not loved The Good Daughter as much as I did, I don’t think I would have enjoyed Last Breath.


Have you read Last Breath or The Good Daughter? What did you think?

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