The Bone Farm and Last Breath || Mini Reviews

These are two prequel books to series I haven’t read before, by authors… I also haven’t tried before…

I know… This doesn’t sound like a good start at all. Yet… I’ve added both series to my TBR (nothing wrong with adding a little reading anxiety to the list too so early on in the year).

I’ve been planning on reading Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series for a while now, and fingers crossed – 2023 will be the year for it! The Bone Farm is from a different series called Jane Hawk, and the books REALLY sound very interesting so I think I’ll give them a try at some point too!

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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The Bone Farm by Dean Koontz

Originally published: 2018

Format: Audiobook
Pages: 2 hours 1min

Plot from GoodReads:

An audio original novella featuring bestselling author Dean Koontz’s compelling new heroine, Jane Hawk. From the case files of the former FBI agent before she became the nation’s most wanted fugitive – The Bone Farm details a desperate man-hunt for a serial killer before he murders again.

Katherine Haskell, a young college co-ed is on her way back to school, but she never makes it there. Instead, she becomes the latest prey of the rapist and murderer dubbed by the tabloids the “Mother Hater.” He is a twisted soul who kidnaps young girls for pleasure then discards them.

Katherine is missing, but she’s not yet dead. FBI agents Jane Hawk and her partner Gary Burkett must descend into the hell of this killer’s mind to solve the case before it is too late. The question is – will they both get out alive?


This short little book has some of the most chilling writing I’ve ever come across. You’d think the length of it would mean there isn’t much that can be added to the book to really leave any deep impression on the reading but oh no, this book got straight to the point. The horrors were displayed with showing details from the antagonists’ mind and everything they had done in the past leading up to the present moment in the book was frightening. The serial killer is dubbed as the Mother Hater, which is a smart move on the author’s side because it leaves room for interpretation as the book continues, and each one is as brutal as the other.

The inner works of a twisted mind were brought to life and this is exactly what a thriller should deliver on. A gripping suspense and it worked great as a prequel to grasp your attention and direct you to the rest of the series.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.41 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter

Originally published: 2017

Format: Digital
Pages: 176

Plot from GoodReads:

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 is the prequel to The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter, and needless to say – I’ve already added it to my TBR and IT IS ON in 2023! I have some inner conflicts of kicking myself for not having picked up a book by this author before now…

This prequel has a mix of so many different emotions all compacted into a couple of pages. You deal with innocence and darkness. The lawyer Charlie Quinn is a kick ass protagonist who clearly takes no trouble from anyone and compared to the lawyer characters I’ve encountered from the Women’s Murder Club series, Charlie is such a cool person who seems to know a lot more of what she is doing.

After a small but satisfying taste, I must know more about this character thanks to the emotional rollercoaster this prequel took me on.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.83 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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