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 BelleIsle; 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"--
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062844361
Characteristics: 470 pages ;,24 cm.


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Jul 04, 2019

I recently discovered Karin Slaughter and was excited to find two of her books available at the library. Unfortunately, this one wasn't my cup of tea.

The story goes back and forth between the 1980's and 2018 and, in my opinion, the flashbacks were overwritten, boring, and extremely difficult to get through. The dynamic between Jane and Nick is so overdone and I am, quite frankly, sick to death of reading about characters who are still in love with abusive sociopaths even after they seem to have escaped.

Just once, why can't we see them work through it and then draw strength from it? Why does their weakness and lack of self worth have to be a plot device?

Jun 22, 2019

2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
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The novel started out with a Slaughter bang, but as the novel unfolded I fund myself disappointed. This one reminded me of The Good Daughter (the other Slaughter book I was a bit disappointed with). After the initial great start the story starts to fall apart and no amount of Slaughter magic could fix it. Did Slaughter get bored of the story, or did the editor? It wasn't just that it felt unfinished in the middle but more like five different ideas were sewed up together. If you have not read a Slaughter novel, please do not start with this one!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

May 24, 2019

I had a very hard time finishing this book. Slow reading. Could have done without about 150 pages.

Apr 12, 2019

Slow-paced doesn't begin to describe the slog to get through 'Pieces of Her'.

While I am a huge fan of Karen Slaughter and have read her every book with the exception of Cop Town, which I attempted to read, this book was just plain awful.

I could not engage nor identify with any of the characters. The plot was hard to follow especially since you really don't figure out the plot until the end of the book. The bouncing back and forth between 2018 and 1986 was just hard to read because there is no sense of what and why you are bouncing back and forth. When I finally made it through about 3/4's of the book, I started skipping the 1986 chapters. I just wanted to be done.

There were a few quotes:

"She always knew where all the tops were to her Tupperware."

"I thought that being in love meant being on pins and needles all the time. Passion and fury and arguing and making up. . . . It's taking out the trash and saving up for vacations. Making sure the school forms are signed. Remembering to bring home milk."

Love doesn't keep you in a constant state of turmoil. It gives you peace."

2 stars C-

Mar 06, 2019

I have been a faithful reader of all things Slaughter. This is the first time I have ever been disappointed, and to the point that I am unsure if I will pick up any future work. Due to the fact that I have enjoyed this author's works in the past, I slogged through all the way to the final pages, optimistic that it was going to get better. No such luck. I would recommend any of her books prior to this, but in good conscience I cannot encourage anyone else to throw away the time that can never be recaptured on this book.

Feb 26, 2019

Infectious read - but the writing, dialogue, editing fell apart about 1/3 way through. It was sort of like eating a whole bag of candy - terrific at the beginning but by the end you’re barely enjoying it even though you can’t stop. Great plot concept but a number of holes in logic. The epilogue scene with piano was overwrought. Not everything has to be great literature — All in all a pleasant enough distraction from my humdrum routine life!

Feb 24, 2019

This was my first read of a Karin Slaughter novel. OMG! What an outstanding writer and fascinating story. It was so good that I did some late-into-the-morning reading -- a compliment to the author, for sure.

Feb 13, 2019

This is very good. But I cringed a little at the description of the radical '80s group. No one gets those radical groups right. I was there, in the '70s.
But otherwise it was a great plot, with good writing.

LVCCLD_LeahNOTLeia Jan 24, 2019

Get it together Andy!

Jan 04, 2019

I love all Karin Slaughter novels and this one is no exception! Different than her usual novels this one had great characters in the mother Laura, whos back storey is told in flashbacks, and her daughter Andy, who has no idea who her mother really is. There is great growth in the Andy character from start to finish that is very satisfying. Loved this book!

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