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.
Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Published on August 21st 2018 by William Morrow
Genre: Crime Fiction
Pieces of Her isn’t the standard cop procedural novel that I’ve come to expect from Karin Slaughter. This book is far more focused on the mother and daughter relationship of Laura and Andrea. I loved the premise of the book so much! To be honest, I was a little worried at first thinking the story-line might turn out to be mundane, however, this book is more about how far will your trust for someone you love go?
This particular book isn’t dark but is more on action and mystery. Pieces of Her kept me guessing the entire time; although I did feel like I was on the run with Andy, there was this sense of claustrophobia that kept me on the edge.
What stood out for me in particular was Andrea’s growth as a character. This isn’t something I’m used to when it comes to crime fiction, but Slaughter pushes Andrea – from the mousy, indecisive woman to one who is logical, careful, and bolder. During her time on the road, Andrea had no one to rely on. Although evidence after evidence fell into her lap against her mother, the bond between Andy and Laura remains. Even with Andy alone, Slaughter manages to extract the depth of Andy’s relationship with her mother. With this, Slaughter’s Pieces of Her remains memorable for me.
Pieces of Her is a fun, mind game of a book; told from two different perspectives and timelines, Pieces of Her confuses its readers with its twists and turns. Although not one for those who enjoy a darker, pulse racing kind of read, Pieces of Her is recommended for readers who love a good, clean mystery.
Thank you to William Morrow for the free e-copy in exchange for a review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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