Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter--a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she's written before. What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she's' never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don't we? But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she's been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. The police want answers and Laura's innocence is on the line, but she won't speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother's past. And if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062430274
Branch Call Number: SLAUGHT
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 24 cm

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pspice
Nov 28, 2018

This was the first Karen Slaughter book I have read. It was fine although I found it a bit too detailed/long in the internal monologues of both Andy and Laura. I might try another book by her.

Hillsboro_StephanieC Oct 28, 2018

If you think this book is about Andy and not her mother Laura, you're missing the boat. If PIECES OF HER were about Andy, we'd all be disappointed: she's one of the most forgettable, pathetic characters Slaughter has ever given us. But Andy's not really the main character -- she's just a plot device used to help illuminate the complex and twisted backstory of her mother's life, and move a story decades in the making to its clever conclusion.

While I wish every new Karin Slaughter book featured Will Trent, I haven't enjoyed Slaughter's standalones as much because they have mostly been *very* dark and *very* twisted. The feel of PIECES OF HER felt like the familiar story I want from Slaughter, where the past always haunts you and the consequences of your mistakes take a long time to play out.

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USAF1969
Oct 25, 2018

Karin Slaughter can write stories with more twists and turns than anyone. PIECES OF HER is no exception. The story line is interesting. The characters are a a bunch of misfits, which makes things interesting. Slaughter's stories often include graphic violence, and this one does as well, though less so than usual. In this novel the violence is primarily psychological, and there is way more of that than usual. So this novel is different in some respects to her usual fare, but not detrimental to a good story.

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sjnichols01
Oct 16, 2018

Loved the story. Different than other stories she has written. Kept me interested in how it would end.

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nannerl
Oct 14, 2018

Slaughter is one of my favorite authors, but this book was extremely disappointing. One of the main characters, the daughter, is so annoying I couldn't continue past page 160. I wanted to smack her, I was so irritated. The character is simply not believable, and skipping to the last few pages, I think the plot is also pretty far-fetched. Waste of time.

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Onward513
Sep 25, 2018

Disappointed in this one, although I've loved Slaughter's books for over a decade. I couldn't like the characters, the story line only mildly interested me, and about 200 pages in I realized I was skimming pages instead of reading them. I firmly believe if I'm not enjoying a book life is too short to struggle on. It may well turn into something more for the last 300 pages but I'm not interested enough in finding out.

If this were the first Slaughter novel someone was reading I'm afraid they would not see the brilliance her other books show.

K_ROK Sep 17, 2018

I love this author and was happy to see her expand on her storytelling in that this book didn't have cops at the forefront and it really focused on the characters and the backstory involved. It may not be for the average Karin Slaughter reader however this book is great and the story kept me engaged throughout the entire book.

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mjk236sb
Sep 08, 2018

This was a very complicated story - with lots of questions as you were going along. However if you keep with it you will find that there are many interesting characters and answers to all the questions that come up during the telling of the story. It was good but very convuluted.

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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Aug 26, 2018

I normally love everything she writes, but this is not one of my favorites. The main story is good, but the back story is tedious and wordy. It's essential to the story, but it could've been more simple and straightforward. It's almost like a different person wrote the backstory chapters.

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