Last Breath (Good Daughter #0.5)
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?

Last Breath (Good Daughter #0.5) Details

TitleLast Breath (Good Daughter #0.5)
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ReleaseJul 11th, 2017
PublisherWitness Impulse
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GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Crime, Novella, Short Stories

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Last Breath (Good Daughter #0.5) Review

  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...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 hersel My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...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 knew 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 THE GOOD DAUGHTER!
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  • PirateSteve
    January 1, 1970
    Prequel to "The Good Daughter", an introduction to some of the characters and a fun little legal thriller all on it's own .... with Thin Mints and Tagalongs. page 15 Attorney Charlotte (Charlie) Quinn meets Honor-Student, Girl Scout Flora "What's your name?' "Flora Faulkner," she said. "My mom named me Florabama, because I was born on the state line, but I go by Flora.""Charlie smiled, but only because she knew that she was going to laugh about this later with her husband. "There are worse thing Prequel to "The Good Daughter", an introduction to some of the characters and a fun little legal thriller all on it's own .... with Thin Mints and Tagalongs. page 15 Attorney Charlotte (Charlie) Quinn meets Honor-Student, Girl Scout Flora "What's your name?' "Flora Faulkner," she said. "My mom named me Florabama, because I was born on the state line, but I go by Flora.""Charlie smiled, but only because she knew that she was going to laugh about this later with her husband. "There are worse things that you could be called." "Flora looked down at her hands. "A lot of the girls are pretty good at thinking of mean things."
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  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    January 1, 1970
    I usually do not like to read novella's but I just loved this one. It was the best one that I read. Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors. This novella is only 176 pages long. The characters were well crafted and the plot was amazing. Charlie is a very realistic main character. We wonder, as she does, what is really going on. The plot was very well crafted. The layers of deceit and manipulation were so well designed, Slaughter had me wondering what was going on until the very end. I am r I usually do not like to read novella's but I just loved this one. It was the best one that I read. Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors. This novella is only 176 pages long. The characters were well crafted and the plot was amazing. Charlie is a very realistic main character. We wonder, as she does, what is really going on. The plot was very well crafted. The layers of deceit and manipulation were so well designed, Slaughter had me wondering what was going on until the very end. I am really looking forward to reading the first book The Good Daughter.Flora lives with her grandparents and she's asking Charlie to help her to emancipate. Something about Flora reminds Charlie of her own hard childhood so she agrees to help. Next thing she knows she's neck deep in something she doesn't understand. Lawyer Charlotte Quinn wasn't planning to do any more pro bono work: she already has a client who owes her two grand. But Florabama Faulkner's appeal for help strikes a chord with Charlie. This girl lost her mother at a young age too, and she has hopes of doing what would make her mother proud: going to college. Flora's grandparents seem intent on working their way through Flora's trust fund until there's nothing left. Charlie duly checks what she needs to, and finds that not everything is quite as it has been presented, and no one involved is whom they at first seemed.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?We finally will have a potential new series that features a new occupation, a female lawyer. After reading the prequel, I am quite fascinated by the character of Charlie Quinn. She is a complete different person compared to Sara Linton, which makes things much more interesting. She also is married.
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  • *TANYA*
    January 1, 1970
    A quick glimpse into a major character of The Good Daughter. I cannot wait to read that book!!!
  • Rachel Hall
    January 1, 1970
    Last Breath is the prequel to The Good Daughter, the 2017 released standalone by Karin Slaughter and introduces the character of twenty-eight-year-old defence attorney Charlie Quinn. Having shunned the big bucks of the Atlanta and New York law firms after gaining a degree from Duke University Charlie Quinn has returned to her hometown of down at heel Pikeville to help the ordinary people who need representation and whose voices often go unheard. Happily married for five years to Ben Bernard, a l Last Breath is the prequel to The Good Daughter, the 2017 released standalone by Karin Slaughter and introduces the character of twenty-eight-year-old defence attorney Charlie Quinn. Having shunned the big bucks of the Atlanta and New York law firms after gaining a degree from Duke University Charlie Quinn has returned to her hometown of down at heel Pikeville to help the ordinary people who need representation and whose voices often go unheard. Happily married for five years to Ben Bernard, a lawyer at the district attorney’s office, she is trying not to be just like her father, Rusty Quinn, with his reputation for defending the badass felons in a community with a significant meth problem and is still admirably unjaded by her work. Having seen the ramifications of her father’s clientele choice with the murder of her mother and sister at the age of thirteen Charlie has been forced to grow up fast.Career day at the Girl Scouts and a rare bit of downtime from the office brings its own headaches for Charlie when morning sickness and the prospect of an unplanned pregnancy is matched only by the heartbreakingly earnest pleas of fifteen-year-old Florabama (Flora) Faulkner with her desire to be emancipated. Just a month shy of turning sixteen and the legal age to be emancipated in the state of Georgia it seems the girl has done her research, readily offering up evidence of the ability to support herself without additional state support, working shifts at a diner and with a place to stay with her friend Nancy Patterson’s parents. With Flora having witnessed her mother’s death as an eight-year-old in a fatal car accident and with the trucking company having set up a trust fund on her behalf she has been placed in the custody of her grandparents who between alcohol, addiction to pain medication and what appears to be defrauding her trust are maxing out on their meal-ticket granddaughter and sending Flora’s dream of college up in smoke. However with Flora reluctant to disclose everything or implicate her grandparents in the eyes of the law, Charlie is left to come to her own conclusions and feels compelled to act. As she heads to the insalubrious cinder-block apartments that are home to Leroy and Maude Faulkner, and meets the equally questionable Patterson parents Charlie is tasked with the hard part of sussing out the truth behind the claims and with deceit, manipulation and obfuscation in no short supply she has her hands full.At 136 printed pages Last Breath is a satisfying mix of solid character development, insight into Charlie’s complicated family background and her desire to stay true to her mother’s refrain of being useful, making informed choices and striving for her goals. Not only does Last Breath illustrate Charlie’s fierce love for her mother and her social conscience but it also sheds light on her insecurities about possible parenthood and her ability to detect bull from her clients. Whilst I liked the character of Charlie and found her a compassionate, realistic and practical ally for her clients, the character of Flora was far less impressive, being the epitome of a wide eyed innocent babe who had obviously reaped the rewards of her Girl Scout lessons! Nevertheless in a pleasantly complicated novella with the truth hidden under a murky array of allegations and rumour, Charlie needs every bit of her street smart background to see the bigger picture and separate the truth from the lies. Despite Charlie seeming somewhat gullible, Last Breath shows her characters determined work ethic and willingness to put herself on the line and adds colour to not only her origins but the community that she works amongst. Flawed but gutsy and with a realistic expectation of today’s teenagers, I look forward to seeing Charlie over the course of a full length novel and her husband and father both taking greater shape. It certainly looks like Pikeville has a big enough caseload to keep Charlie and Rusty very busy! My dismay, however, is that Last Breath seemed as much concerned with motherhood as mounting a legal defence and given this novella was not marketed as women’s fiction I felt a little let down.Best joke goes to Rusty Quinn with, “what does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?” and Charlie’s quick and humorous retort, “a synonym bun”... well I laughed.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    Last breath by Karin Slaughter is an excellent prequel to her novel 'The Good Daughter'.Charlie Quinn's childhood ended abruptly when at the age of thirteen two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home changed her world forever.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.Student Flora is in deeper Last breath by Karin Slaughter is an excellent prequel to her novel 'The Good Daughter'.Charlie Quinn's childhood ended abruptly when at the age of thirteen two men, with a grudge against her lawyer father, broke into her home changed her world forever.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.Student Flora is in deeper trouble than Charlie imagined and leaves Charlie asking herself how far she will go to protect her client.Excellent novella and well worth a read.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    I read the prequel to Pretty Girls and found it to be a great introduction to the missing character in that book. So I thought it'd be worthwhile to read Last Breath, the prequel to The Good Daughter, and I was right. Karin Slaughter writes a strong and interesting peek into the life of Charlie Quinn. It's not necessary to read this first, but it is an added dimension to the main event.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Last Breath is a fairly short novella marketed as the prequel to Karin Slaughter's August 2017 new release: The Good Daughter. If the purpose of this prequel was to get readers eager and ready for the main attraction then job well-done! It's emotional, meaningful, intriguing, thrilling, innocent, dark, and shocking. It does not feel like a short-story. It is a full open and close experience in my opinion. My jaw is still dropped and I'm about to strangle the library user who has got the only cop Last Breath is a fairly short novella marketed as the prequel to Karin Slaughter's August 2017 new release: The Good Daughter. If the purpose of this prequel was to get readers eager and ready for the main attraction then job well-done! It's emotional, meaningful, intriguing, thrilling, innocent, dark, and shocking. It does not feel like a short-story. It is a full open and close experience in my opinion. My jaw is still dropped and I'm about to strangle the library user who has got the only copy of The Good Daughter held hostage. I'm ready! Thanks Ms. Slaughter!My favorite quote:"Be useful."
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  • Selene
    January 1, 1970
    Great short story to read but without the intensity and family drama so prominent in The Good Daughter.
  • Marnie Krüger
    January 1, 1970
    Only Slaughter can take 176 pages and give you this roller-coaster ride that I've just experience.In preparation for her new standalone novel The Good Daughter; Slaughter wrote a little prequel on the what I believe will be the main character.If this is what The Good Daughter will be like, I'm not sure I'm emotionally ready for it. But I'm intrigued beyond the comprehension of words.
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Lawyer Charlie Quinn was feeling decidedly unwell when fifteen year old Girl Scout Flora Faulkner offered to help – but once she had recovered and Flora was asking for her help in her capacity as a lawyer, Charlie couldn’t refuse. Her vow since she was thirteen was to always help people in need, and Flora most definitely was one of those…As Charlie met with the various people in Flora’s life, she was horrified at what was in front of her. But on the other hand, what was the truth? Was Flora in m Lawyer Charlie Quinn was feeling decidedly unwell when fifteen year old Girl Scout Flora Faulkner offered to help – but once she had recovered and Flora was asking for her help in her capacity as a lawyer, Charlie couldn’t refuse. Her vow since she was thirteen was to always help people in need, and Flora most definitely was one of those…As Charlie met with the various people in Flora’s life, she was horrified at what was in front of her. But on the other hand, what was the truth? Was Flora in much deeper than she was letting on? How was she to defend this child who wanted to be an adult?Last Breath is the prequel to Karin Slaughter’s standalone thriller The Good Daughter, and is short, sharp and gritty. Set in the bad parts of town, where drugs and money rule and only people who are smart enough come out on top, Last Breath was a little disappointing, but still worth the read. Recommended.
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  • Karla
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars Another fantastic read by Karin slaughter. This one was on the shorter side but still really good. In "Last Breath" we see Charlie at the beginning of her career as a defense lawyer where she meets a young girl who is need of her help. This case touches Charlie's heart since her motherless client reminds her of the loss of her own mother. She finds herself caught in this case full of twist and turns where she doesn't know where it will take care. It was good seeing this side of Charli 3.75 stars Another fantastic read by Karin slaughter. This one was on the shorter side but still really good. In "Last Breath" we see Charlie at the beginning of her career as a defense lawyer where she meets a young girl who is need of her help. This case touches Charlie's heart since her motherless client reminds her of the loss of her own mother. She finds herself caught in this case full of twist and turns where she doesn't know where it will take care. It was good seeing this side of Charlie the one where she's not jaded by her life and seeing her and Ben so happy early on in their marriage. With the ending I would of preferred something different but I understand you can't win them all. As for the last line of the book if you read "The Good Daughter" first you know how that ends for her. I'm thinking imo is better to read "The Good Daughter" first then this one.❤️
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  • Lorraine Southern
    January 1, 1970
    As a prequel to Slaughter's the Good Daughter, I sat on this until I had the latter downloaded and ready to go on my ereader! This author is up there with the best, she's one of the few whose books I'll buy without even reading the blurb, and this little novella was a great intro to her 3rd standalone novel. Which I am reading next. So, no interruptions please for the next 3 or 4 days or so ;)
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  • Krystin Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I'm just so fucking happy to be able to spend a little bit more time with Charlie and Rusty. The Good Daughter was one of those books for me, that even though it was 500+ pages, it felt too short. I didn't want it to end.So with Last Breath, I get just a little bit more time. And time, as they say, will heal a broken heart. I guess what I'm really saying is that reading Karin Slaughter breaks me heart. SHE'S SO FUCKING GOOD AND I LOVE HER SO MUCH. Sorry.So many times we read short stories/novell I'm just so fucking happy to be able to spend a little bit more time with Charlie and Rusty. The Good Daughter was one of those books for me, that even though it was 500+ pages, it felt too short. I didn't want it to end.So with Last Breath, I get just a little bit more time. And time, as they say, will heal a broken heart. I guess what I'm really saying is that reading Karin Slaughter breaks me heart. SHE'S SO FUCKING GOOD AND I LOVE HER SO MUCH. Sorry.So many times we read short stories/novellas that take place in between full numbered series books, and the books feel disappointing because it's not what we're used to, not what we really wanted - the fullness, the intricacy, the time spent on character and plotting. But I have to say, Karin Slaughter managed to pack so much into 4 hours worth of reading material. Maybe it's because of the time I'd already spent with the characters, but this truly felt like an clear addition to characters who were already vivid and full. It was that extra bit of backstory that completed who Charlie is and why she is. Plus, honestly, there is nothing better than a badass bitch lawyer using her brain and her cleverness to get one up on everyone else using the motherfucking law. It's like my favourite thing ever. It's not necessary to read this before, or even after, The Good Daughter. But it adds a little something extra either way. A little more insight, a little more history, a little more emotional connection to the characters. Bye Charlie. I'll miss you. Whatever. Don't judge me.Let's connect on my blog too: Here's The Fucking Twist
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  • Mo
    January 1, 1970
    It was an introduction to Charlie from The Good Daughter but, honestly, I don't see the need for it!
  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    Last Breath is a prequel to The Good Daughter, a stand-alone (?) novel by American author, Karin Slaughter. Lawyer Charlotte Quinn wasn't planning to do any more pro bono work: she already has a client who owes her two grand. But Florabama Faulkner's appeal for help strikes a chord with Charlie. This girl lost her mother at a young age too, and she has hopes of doing what would make her mother proud: going to college. But her guardians are her grandparents, a couple who seem intent on working th Last Breath is a prequel to The Good Daughter, a stand-alone (?) novel by American author, Karin Slaughter. Lawyer Charlotte Quinn wasn't planning to do any more pro bono work: she already has a client who owes her two grand. But Florabama Faulkner's appeal for help strikes a chord with Charlie. This girl lost her mother at a young age too, and she has hopes of doing what would make her mother proud: going to college. But her guardians are her grandparents, a couple who seem intent on working their way through Flora's trust fund until there's nothing left. Flora wants Charlie to help her achieve legal emancipation. Charlie duly checks what she needs to, and finds that not everything is quite as it has been presented, and no one involved is quite who or what they at first seem. This prequel, set thirteen years before The Good Daughter, gives the reader some insight into the main character, Charlie Quinn. It also introduces secondary characters: Charlie’s husband, prosecution lawyer Ben Bernard (sigh), her dad, notorious defense attourney Rusty Quinn, his secretary Lenore, Pikeville cops and the DA. Fast paced with plenty of twists, this is an excellent teaser that will have readers impatient for The Good Daughter.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book from Karin slaughter.short story part of the characters in her other book the good daughter.love her books still a few to read.
  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    LAST BREATH is the prequel to THE GOOD DAUGHTER, which will be available on Amazon on August 8, 2017. LAST BREATH introduces the reader to Attorney Charlie Quinn. When Charlie was a young teenager, her mother was murdered by people with a grudge against her father .. also an attorney.Because of her loss, she has made it a personal mission to defend those that have no one else to help. When Flora Faulkner, also a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie cannot say no.Flora is in deep, deep, troubl LAST BREATH is the prequel to THE GOOD DAUGHTER, which will be available on Amazon on August 8, 2017. LAST BREATH introduces the reader to Attorney Charlie Quinn. When Charlie was a young teenager, her mother was murdered by people with a grudge against her father .. also an attorney.Because of her loss, she has made it a personal mission to defend those that have no one else to help. When Flora Faulkner, also a motherless teen, begs for help, Charlie cannot say no.Flora is in deep, deep, trouble .. far more than Charlies could ever have imagined. And how far will she go for her client ...especially as Flora has secrets.Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors and I'm always looking forward to reading a new book. This is a Kindle Single, less than 200 pages, so it's a fast, easy read. The author has packed a lot into these pages. The story line is solid and there's a lot to Charlie. I really look forward to seeing more of her adventures.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5* A little background story for the future read of The Good Daughter. A quick read with a good storyline, but most importantly it sets up the main character for the next book.
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    In this short story, we get to know Charlie, one of the main characters in The Good Daughter. I instantly liked her, and her nerdy husband Ben and of course, Charlie's father Rusty, a lawyer that had no problem representing vile criminals. When Charlie was thirteen did her life change forever when two men broke into their home. Now, is she working as a lawyer herself and when a young girl called Flora Faulkner begs her to help her is she taken in by the girl's sad story. But, it turns out that n In this short story, we get to know Charlie, one of the main characters in The Good Daughter. I instantly liked her, and her nerdy husband Ben and of course, Charlie's father Rusty, a lawyer that had no problem representing vile criminals. When Charlie was thirteen did her life change forever when two men broke into their home. Now, is she working as a lawyer herself and when a young girl called Flora Faulkner begs her to help her is she taken in by the girl's sad story. But, it turns out that not everything is at it seems.I really liked this short story. Often when I read novellas that take place before or between books do they feel incomplete, like they would have needed to have more meat on their bones to really tell a story. But, Last Breath manages to both introduce Charlie and tell a story that is perfectly told without feeling like it would have needed more pages to flesh out the story. I enjoyed it very much and I was looking forward to reading The Good Daughter as soon as possible after finishing this novella!PS. I just finished The Good Daugther and it was splendid as well! ;)I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsThis is the prequel to the series Good Daughter. It is a short novella featuring Attorney Charlie Quinn. After a bad childhood, Charlie follows in her fathers footsteps and becomes an attorney. She is very sensitive to people who have no where to turn and because of that ends up with a teenage client, Flora Faulkner. Taken in by Flora's disastrous story, Charlie learns things are not always as they seem. Having read parts of the Will Trent series, I found this novella to be very good. I e 4 starsThis is the prequel to the series Good Daughter. It is a short novella featuring Attorney Charlie Quinn. After a bad childhood, Charlie follows in her fathers footsteps and becomes an attorney. She is very sensitive to people who have no where to turn and because of that ends up with a teenage client, Flora Faulkner. Taken in by Flora's disastrous story, Charlie learns things are not always as they seem. Having read parts of the Will Trent series, I found this novella to be very good. I enjoy the strength of Slaughters imagination and her ability to translate that onto the written page. Having heard that Slaughters books can be very violent and offensive, I have not found that in the stories I have read. This prequel was interesting and enjoyable enough for me to continue this series.
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  • Sharon Metcalf
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsOnly 7 chapters long, Last Breath is a great introduction to the talents of Karin Slaughter. At least that's how it was for me. Given Karin Slaughter is the nominated BT author read for October, and as I haven't previously read any of her work this seemed like a great choice. Not only did I pick up a bargain on Amazon, I got to finish the book within hours of starting it, and I really enjoyed it. Last Breath was the prequel to the Good Daughter, a book I now feel compelled to read.Charl 3.5 starsOnly 7 chapters long, Last Breath is a great introduction to the talents of Karin Slaughter. At least that's how it was for me. Given Karin Slaughter is the nominated BT author read for October, and as I haven't previously read any of her work this seemed like a great choice. Not only did I pick up a bargain on Amazon, I got to finish the book within hours of starting it, and I really enjoyed it. Last Breath was the prequel to the Good Daughter, a book I now feel compelled to read.Charlotte (aka Charlie, or Chuck) is a Pikeville lawyer. She's the central character and assumedly that's also the case in The Good Daughter. In no time at all we are introduced to her work, her friend Belinda, her family history and of course her lovely husband Ben. We get a real good feel for her personality. She's funny, she's sensitive, she's loyal, she's gutsy, she's determined....and she's pregnant. Aside from familiarising readers with Charlie, Last Breath had a great little story. A case which started and ended in the space of a day but which still managed to incorporate a few twists, some highs and lows, some touchy feely moments and a surprise ending. I was pleasantly surprised by Last Breath and eagerly await the opportunity to get my hands on the full length novel, The Good Daughter.
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  • Sonja Arlow
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 starsThis is the prequel to The Good Daughter and focuses on Charlie assisting a 17-year-old girl that wants legal emancipation from her grandparents. It’s an interesting case and you get a taste of the dark secrets that Charlie still carries with her from childhood when she witnessed the murder of her mother.This is the only Slaughter book with almost no violenceA solid novella that will make anyone curious to read The Good Daughter
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  • Tania
    January 1, 1970
    Prequels and novellas aren't normally my thing, as I always need some time to get to know characters, but I loved this. I was hooked from the first page. My plan was to read some books before reading the Good Daughter, but think I'm just diving straight in from here :)I definitely need to read more Karin Slaughter books.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    This review is for the audio version of “Last Breath” by Karin Slaughter, as read by Kathleen Early and published by Blackstone Audio. Audio: 4 Kathleen Early was the narrator for “The Good Daughter” by Karin Slaughter (the predecessor to this novel) so I was very used to her way of speaking. Ms. Early is very clear, concise and precise, and her years of theatre experience are very obvious. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Early’s narration, as I did in previous Karin Slaughter novels. It would have This review is for the audio version of “Last Breath” by Karin Slaughter, as read by Kathleen Early and published by Blackstone Audio. Audio: 4 Kathleen Early was the narrator for “The Good Daughter” by Karin Slaughter (the predecessor to this novel) so I was very used to her way of speaking. Ms. Early is very clear, concise and precise, and her years of theatre experience are very obvious. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Early’s narration, as I did in previous Karin Slaughter novels. It would have been easier to differentiate between characters and to identify which character was speaking, if Ms. Early had changed her voice as she narrated, however the pure listen-ability of this narrator cannot be undersold. Story: 4 In “Last Breath”, the character of Charlie Quinn returns (last seen in “The Good Daughter”, also by Karin Slaughter), as the criminal lawyer following in her father’s notorious footsteps. When Charlie is confronted in a bathroom by Girl Scout and honour student, Flora Faulkner, Charlie immediately empathizes with the young girl. Soon, Charlie is representing Flora in what seems to be an easy case of emancipation. As the investigation continues however, Charlie realizes that Flora is far more than she appears, and soon Charlie too is drawn into Flora’s web of lies and manipulations. Last Breath is identified as “Good Daughter 0.5” as it is a short (130 page, or 4 discs in this case) story that follows the character of Charlie Quinn, soon after the “The Good Daughter” storyline ended. I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Charlie Quinn both in the last novel and in this one, and Charlie’s husband Ben is adorable and completely dorky in the best kind of way. I loved where their storyline went in this novel (no spoilers, I promise!) ; these two truly have an admirable marriage. The ending of this novel was predictable for me. Perhaps my years of working with teenagers had made me jaded, but I immediately recognized Flora for what she was. The honour student façade did not sway me as it did Charlie, and Flora was a character who was (purposely) immediately dislikable. This story should be read after “The Good Daughter”, to help with character development, as very little time is given to that aspect in this novel, since it is expected most readers will be familiar with the characters and their backstory already. A cute little follow up to “The Good Daughter”, “Last Breath” continues to provide us with a suspense-fueled legal drama that fans of Karin Slaughter will thoroughly enjoy.
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  • Amanda McGill
    January 1, 1970
    The prequel to The Good Daughter.After reading Last Breath, I can't wait to read The Good Daughter! We got introduced to Charlie, who is a defense attorney, struggling to make ends meet. She takes on a new client, who is quite the interesting character.I haven't read The Good Daughter yet, so I can't speak on how well it merges with the full length novel. However, it was a very interesting read on it's own and I can't wait to read more about Charlie!_______________________________________After r The prequel to The Good Daughter.After reading Last Breath, I can't wait to read The Good Daughter! We got introduced to Charlie, who is a defense attorney, struggling to make ends meet. She takes on a new client, who is quite the interesting character.I haven't read The Good Daughter yet, so I can't speak on how well it merges with the full length novel. However, it was a very interesting read on it's own and I can't wait to read more about Charlie!_______________________________________After reading The Good Daughter, I'm torn on how I feel about Last Breath. Sadly we never heard what happened to Flora. Last Breath is a good backstory on Charlie, Charlie's husband Ben and Charlie's father Rusty, which the Good Daughter goes into greater details on.
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  • Noel
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn’t bad, but there were some pretty glaring inconsistencies in it. The plot was interesting enough, but the inconsistencies really detracted from the quality of the story. This was my first Karin Slaughter book, so I’m kinda bummed because I was excited to read her work, but I’m going to try to hold off my judgement until I’ve read one of her full length novels.
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  • Duchess Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Great setup for a new series. I'm already chomping at the bit for the first full length story. This was my first by Karin Slaughter. She has great ratings, and now I see why. That ending was so unexpected! Can't wait to see what happens next.
  • Trevor
    January 1, 1970
    Finishing this makes me sad that The Good Daughter is only a standalone. I already miss Charlie. RTC.
  • Yvonne
    January 1, 1970
    For most of her life Charlie Quinn’s has been surrounded by tragedy. She pulled her life together and became an attorney, like her father. When a teenager, Flora Faulkner, requests her assistance, Charlie’s can’t help but sympathize and want to help. Charlie quickly discovers that Flora’s problems might be more than Charlie can handle, but she refuses to give up. She’s even willing to risk her own life for this young girl.This is a prequel to Karen Slaughter’s new series The Good Daughter. I’ve For most of her life Charlie Quinn’s has been surrounded by tragedy. She pulled her life together and became an attorney, like her father. When a teenager, Flora Faulkner, requests her assistance, Charlie’s can’t help but sympathize and want to help. Charlie quickly discovers that Flora’s problems might be more than Charlie can handle, but she refuses to give up. She’s even willing to risk her own life for this young girl.This is a prequel to Karen Slaughter’s new series The Good Daughter. I’ve heard quite a bit about this author but haven’t read anything by her before so I figured a brand new series would be a great place to start. I was right. This is a short prequel and can be read in just a couple of hours. There’s no cliffhanger. Flora’s story wraps up by the end of book. It looks as if characters carry through to the next book. It’s fast-paced and really keeps you guessing until the end. I truly was shocked by the ending which left me stunned. The author’s writing is perfect for this genre and I’m so glad I finally had a chance to read her work. I already have the first full length book in the Good Daughter series on my list to read. I can already tell this is going to be an exciting series.FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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