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PIECES OF HER
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. . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Karin Slaughter’s standalone thriller shares the small-town charm of her acclaimed Grant County series. But the quickfire pace of Pieces of Her makes it feel like a Southern, female take on Jason Bourne. Andy is out to lunch with her genteel mother, Laura, when they witness a shooting. Laura’s shockingly quick response sends Andy on a collision course with her mom's secret past—and on the run for her life. Detailed flashbacks into Laura’s fascinating backstory careen alongside Andy’s beat-the-clock search for answers, leading to an explosive "like mother, like daughter" payoff.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Good read but too long
The plot and prose are intriguing and good respectively. However the pace suffers from too much repetition. This is too bad since the novel’s start is so stunning and fast-paced. The “push-pull” of the protagonist’s relationship between her and her deranged boyfriend is repetitive and the novel suffers accordingly. I do feel however it will make a great series on Netflix.
Poignant, smart and fun. This was an up til 3am read. Worth every second of being tired tomorrow!