Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her 3

by Karin Slaughter

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 23/07/2018

5/5 Rating 3 Reviews

The electrifying new thriller from international bestseller Karin Slaughter explores the deadly secrets kept between a mother and daughter.

What if the person youthought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?

AndreaCooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She's knows she's spent herwhole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; she knows she'snever had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of thecommunity; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life. Because we all knowour mothers, don't we?

But all thatchanges when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly seesa completely different side to Laura. A side which is a million miles from thequiet, gentle woman who brought her up. And more than that, news coverage ofthe mall attack puts Laura's face on every TV screen in the country - and leavesher terrified. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura she was someonecompletely different.

For nearly 30 years she's been hiding from her previousidentity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her and re-open thewounds left by the terrible events which made it impossible for her ever to goback. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-fourhours later Laura is in hospital, shot by an intruder who's spent thirty yearstrying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperatejourney following the breadcrumbs of her mother's past. And if she can'tuncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either of them...

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Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed storytellers.

Published in 36 languages, with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her sixteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novel Pretty Girls.

A native of Georgia, Karin currently lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series, and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television.

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  • pieces of her

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    very good book

  • Another superb page-turner.

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    Pieces of Her is the fourth stand-alone novel by popular American author, Karin Slaughter. August 2018: after Laura Oliver’s fearless actions during a shooting in a diner, her daughter Andrea wonders who this cool heroine is, this woman who bears no resemblance at all to the suburban mom who has been her mother for thirty-one years.

    So begins Karin Slaughter’s latest thriller. This is merely the first of a series of dramatic events that soon has Andy, under instruction from this cold, businesslike stranger, on the run from their Belle Isle home, in the direction of Idaho via a storage unit in Carrollton. With each stop, Andy learns another shocking and utterly incredible fact about her mother.

    Andy’s narrative alternates with that of Jane Queller: in 1986, Jane’s doubts about the direction of her lover’s activist group solidify when their latest action leaves four dead. The Army of the Changing World is intent on altering the world for the better, and if that demands violent action, then Nicholas Harp, their exciting and charismatic leader, does not demur; perhaps he actually welcomes it? Whenever he is close by, though, Jane is under his spell.

    A thriller it certainly is, and the action is non-stop: fans expect Slaughter’s work to be exciting, but even the epilogue is far from sedate. The body count escalates courtesy of a variety of weapons: guns, knives, a cast-iron frypan, bombs, fists and a razor blade. There’s kidnapping, forgery, impersonation, fraud, a secret tunnel, car theft, some old Polaroids, false IDs and a very large amount of cash. And in amongst all that, there’s the occasional laugh-out-loud moment.

    Both protagonists prove to be strong women after initially making poor decisions: Andy’s early flakiness soon condenses into a focus on finding answers, leading her to ignore her mother’s explicit instructions at her peril; Jane’s brutal upbringing makes her an easy target for a psychopath, until she emerges from the fog of charm to see what’s really happening.

    The psychopath is brilliantly portrayed. Almost as an aside, there’s a scene that comments on society’s changing attitude to misdeeds, how apologies gain accolades, disgrace is short-lived and offenders can still aspire to become the President. With each successive novel, Slaughter sets herself a higher standard; with this one she easily maintains that trend. Another superb page-turner.

  • Karin Slaughter Delivers Again

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    Karin Slaughter has done it again, what an amazing book! I have read and enjoyed many of her books and this stand alone one is fantastic. If you have not read any of Slaughters books before then you really need to rectify that.. get Pieces of Her!!

    Andrea and her mother Laura live in a small, quiet town. One day they are caught up in a violent attack in a cafe in a local shopping mall. When the gunman starts firing Laura starts to behave ini a way that is the complete opposite to the mother than Andrea knows. Once out of hospital Andrea is sent away for own safety and she begins to wonder who her mother really is. As she embarks on her trip she finds out a lot more than she had bargained for and slowly we learn what happened 30 years earlier to make Laura the woman that she is today.

    A fantastically written story that I just didn't want to put down today.