“Protecting someone always comes at a cost.”
Last Breath by Karin Slaughter is a short story which serves as a prequel to her 2017 standalone, The Good Daughter. Looking at one of Charlie Quinn’s earliest cases as a lawyer, we see the early days of Charlie’s career after making 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?