#16 Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

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?

Paperback | 136 pages

Publisher: HarperColins (7th September, 2017)

I’ve read fan fictions longer than this!! This is one of five Karin Slaughter books on my tbr shelves, but it is the first I’m reading. My introduction to her. This is going to be good! I can feel it!

I mean really, it’s only 136 pages! This was super easy to read but I still managed to savour it over 2 days.

I was firmly behind Charlie as I read this. She was my eyes to the narrative and I found her character very relatable. I don’t know if Slaughter wrote any other books with Charlie, but I fee like she’d be a character who kept on giving.

Flora led me on a merry dance. I shifted away from Charlie’s perspective about halfway through and started thinking for myself but I can still acknowledge that Flora’s character was complex and brought a lot to the table.

Easy to visualise. Short and sweet in both characters and scenes.

Who knew such a short book could pack such a powerful punch!! I was super impressed by this story. Impressed with the fast-paced intensity, and complexity of the characters. I did guess the outcome but I guessed like 3 chapters from the end, so it wasn’t something that limited or negatively impacted my read.

If Slaughter can do this in 136 pages, imagine what she can do with a full sized novel!! I can’t wait to read all her books now!

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