Published: September 2017 by HarperCollins
Category: Legal, Mystery, Psychological, Crime, Novella, Book Review
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.
Charlie Quinn has made it her mission to help people who have no one else to turn to by becoming a defence attorney. She has no wish to be a high earner like her father, the notorious Rusty Quinn, defending those who more often than not deserved a prison sentence.
Charlie is speaking at a girl scout meeting when she is suddenly overtaken by a bout of sickness. The girl scout who offers help is Flora Faulkner and she wants Charlie’s advice about emancipation from her disreputable grandparents. Although Charlie wasn’t planning on any more pro bono work, Flora got under her skin and her sympathies were aroused. Both she and Flora had lost their mothers at an early age and Charlie could relate to Flora’s predicament. She wanted to go to college but her grandparents were dipping into her trust fund and Flora is worried there’ll be no money left for her college tuition.
“She was good to me,” Flora said. “My mama. She was kind, and she looked after me, and she was always in my corner, no matter what.” Flora wiped her eyes with the back of her hand. “I’m sorry. I still miss her is all. I feel like I need to honor her memory, to make sure some good comes out of what happened to her.”
It was Charlie’s turn to look down at her hands. She felt a lump in her throat. She had thought more about her mother in the last five minutes than she had in the last month. The longing for her, the desire for one more chance to tell her mother what was on her mind, was an ache that would never go away.