Pieces of Her
What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she's never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life.But one day, a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.Twenty-four hours later, Laura is in hospital, shot by an intruder who's spent thirty years trying to track her down. Now, Andrea must go on a desperate journey to follow the breadcrumbs of her mother's past. If she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either of them.*****NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR*****I thought you guys might want to know some of my thoughts on my new book, PIECES OF HER. First off, let me say it’s NOT a Will and Sara book (that will be next year). I hope that you’ll give this one a try even if you’re a series fan. I’ve been writing about father/daughter relationships a lot in my standalones, but when the plot of PIECES OF HER started taking shape in my brain, I found myself thinking about how much I enjoyed writing scenes in the Grant County series between Sara and her mother . Mother/daughter relationships tend to be more fraught than father/daughter ones, and it’s always fun to play with those tensions. Primarily, I wanted to focus on the opportunities for women now vs. the limited choices when I was growing up. Laura Oliver is older than me, but she was faced with the same messages that I grew up with. No one was telling me I could be a doctor or lawyer—us girls were either fast tracked into nursing, teaching, or library sciences. Title IX was just reaching Morrow High School and I vividly recall being told again and again that girls weren’t interested in sports, or that girls weren’t good at math and science and all those other lies that young women are told about themselves. In contrast to this experience is Laura's 31 year old daughter, Andrea (Andy), who has so many choices that she is paralyzed. I think in many ways 31 year olds are closer to my generation’s 21 year olds. There is no stigma to living with your parents or even hanging out with them. All of the things that for better or worse furiously propelled my generation into adulthood—getting your own car, having your own apartment, making your own decisions, paying for your stupid mistakes—have ceased being motivating factors.I think a lot of readers can relate to this dynamic, whether they are on the mother side or the daughter side. Everywhere I’ve traveled, there’s some phrase in the popular culture that describes what we in the US call a “helicopter parent.” (In Denmark, they’re “curling parents”). Laura has done her level best to make Andy’s life easy and conflict-free, and the end result is that Andy is teetering on the precipice of adulthood, unable to take the leap and with no one around to give her a gentle shove.But don’t worry about all this character stuff. Those of you looking for a thriller should be very satisfied with the story. It opens (as all of my books do) with something really horrible happening. Andy is having a birthday celebration with her mother when suddenly, shit goes sideways. In a flash of violence, Andy sees Laura as not the gentle, loving mother she grew up with but as a complete stranger who is capable of doing terrible things. This leads Andy into a dark place—and also into a quest to find out who her mother really is. Most kids can relate to not really knowing their parents (and some kids don’t want to know!) but Laura’s secrets are deadly, which Andy quickly finds out when she starts to put together all the pieces of a woman she has never known.

Pieces of Her Details

TitlePieces of Her
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 21st, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062430298
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

Pieces of Her Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsHow well do you know someone? Andrea Cooper thought she knew her Mother, Laura. Her mother is a speech therapist who is a pillar of the community. She is liked and known by most people in their town. But one day at lunch, their whole lives are turned upside down. In the face of danger, Laura jumps into action and Andrea (and the rest of the world) gets to see another side of her Mother. Just who is this woman? Certainly not the woman that Andrea has known her entire life!From that momen 3.5 StarsHow well do you know someone? Andrea Cooper thought she knew her Mother, Laura. Her mother is a speech therapist who is a pillar of the community. She is liked and known by most people in their town. But one day at lunch, their whole lives are turned upside down. In the face of danger, Laura jumps into action and Andrea (and the rest of the world) gets to see another side of her Mother. Just who is this woman? Certainly not the woman that Andrea has known her entire life!From that moment on, Andrea learns that there is more to her Mother than meets the eye. Mainly who she is and the "truth" about her past. I can't say much more without giving away any spoilers. I will say this is the first Karin Slaughter book that I did not devour. It was slow going for me initially. At first I thought "Oh no! I'm not really digging this..." but then it got better! Although, it did get better, I found this book to be not quite as enjoyable as her other books. Having said that, this is still an enjoyable book. I just found this lacked the edge of your seat, pulse pounding, I-can't-put-this-book-down feel that I experienced from her other books. I found this to be a little bit of a departure from her other books. This story is told in alternating timelines with the chapter headings clearly labeled so you know what "time" and what character you are reading about. The last third of the book was my favorite! Things really picked up and began to make sense which made the book more enjoyable. As the past and present collided- personal secrets, family secrets, hidden agendas, lies, and deceptions become known.As with all of Slaughter's book, this book is well-written. It was not the roller coaster ride I am used to being on while reading a Slaughter book but it was still enjoyable and entertaining. A departure form her police procedural crime books. Although there is crime here and a HUGE mystery to solve, it didn't have the same feel as her other books, which I think some readers will really like and others may not. I liked that she did something different. I had to remind myself not to compare this book to her Grant County or Will Trent books. This is one of her stand-alone novels. Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper Collins/William Morrow Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Karin Slaughter gives us a thriller that explores the role of the mother and the mother-daughter relationship. Andrea 'Andy' Cooper is an unambitious woman who has largely gone through the motions of living. She never completed college and she has barely been engaged in any personal relationships. Unhappy in New York, she returned home to nurse her mother, Laura, through the worst of her breast cancer treatment. She has no impetus to create an independent life for herself, and is secure in the k Karin Slaughter gives us a thriller that explores the role of the mother and the mother-daughter relationship. Andrea 'Andy' Cooper is an unambitious woman who has largely gone through the motions of living. She never completed college and she has barely been engaged in any personal relationships. Unhappy in New York, she returned home to nurse her mother, Laura, through the worst of her breast cancer treatment. She has no impetus to create an independent life for herself, and is secure in the knowledge that she knows Laura inside out, a pillar of the community, an ordinary woman and everyday mom. Whilst in a diner, a young shooter, Jonah Helsinger, blasts away a mother and daughter, lining up a frozen and immobile Andy as his next target when Laura steps in front of her, telling him to kill her instead. What follows next is captured on mobile video footage that goes viral nationwide, showing a composed Laura killing Helsinger with his knife whilst suffering serious injuries herself. Andy is shell shocked at this picture of her mother as a ninja, with the media referring to Laura as a killing machine. Who is this woman masquerading as her mother?With unexpected and horrifying events occurring that hint at Laura's clandestine past, they bring a whole heap of danger in the present, as a disorientated Andrea initially heeds Laura's advice to leave town, go to a storage unit and then head to Idaho until it is safe for her to return. Andy is to make no contact with her or Gordon, the black lawyer she considers to be her father. However, Andy's intense curiosity about Laura has her picking away and peeling away at her mother's past that slowly begins to be revealed through the dual narrative of a younger Laura. Andy's foray into the past brings danger to her and others. It pushes Andy from a woman who has merely reacted to events in her life, to a more independent person as she is forced to handle a world that has gone crazy on her. What Andy does know indisputably about Laura is that she will not let anything happen to her beloved daughter, and she will go to any lengths to protect her. Will this allow her to accept the pieces of Laura she comes to know?At first when I had read this latest offering from Karin Slaughter, I was not sure how I felt about it. Upon reflection, the more I thought about it, the more I liked it. The focus on the maternal instinct, how far will a mother go for a child is beautifully illustrated here. Whilst perhaps far fetched here and there, I was willing to let that go for the fascinating creation of Laura and her dramatic past and that of Andy, walking on territory that she could never have forseen. I think it would be well nigh impossible to say that we know all the pieces of anyone we are close to, and true to that adage, Andy does not find out everything about her mother. An interesting, different but nevertheless gripping psychological thriller. Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWhen we first meet Laura Oliver & her daughter Andrea, they seem to have a close, dependent relationship. But make no mistake. These are 2 very different women. Laura is an elegant, self assured speech therapist in a small community outside Savannah. Andy is mousy & introverted, working night shift as a police dispatcher. She comes across as paralyzed, incapable of making any decision that would help her climb out of her rut & get a life.It’s Andy’s 31st birthday & they 3.5 starsWhen we first meet Laura Oliver & her daughter Andrea, they seem to have a close, dependent relationship. But make no mistake. These are 2 very different women. Laura is an elegant, self assured speech therapist in a small community outside Savannah. Andy is mousy & introverted, working night shift as a police dispatcher. She comes across as paralyzed, incapable of making any decision that would help her climb out of her rut & get a life.It’s Andy’s 31st birthday & they are celebrating in a diner when a traumatic event changes everything. I won’t go into details but suffice to say Andy see a side of her mother she never knew existed. So does the rest of the world as cell phone video of the incident quickly goes viral. In short order, Andy finds herself on the run, armed only with a list of cryptic instructions given to her by Laura.In alternate chapters set in 1986, we meet a woman named Laura who lost everything that ever mattered to her. She knows who is responsible & travels to Oslo to make him pay in spectacular fashion. She does a bang-up job. Among the victims is a wealthy American businessman & over the course of chapters set in this time period, we spend time with his uber-dysfunctional family as they come to grips with the fallout. In the present Andy is on a dangerous road trip that will lead to jaw dropping discoveries about her own identity as well as her mother’s past. It’s only as we gradually understand the historical story line that it’s implications in the present begin to sink in. And the hits keep coming right up to the final page.This is very different from previous books I’ve read by this author. What hasn’t changed is her ability to deliver an intricate plot, stunning twists & events that push you to the edge of your comfort zone. But for me it was very much a book of 2 parts & to be honest, I found the first half a tough slog. After the initial excitement dies down, the reader spends a lot of time alone with Andy & I found her a tiresome travelling companion. Her chapters consist of very little dialogue as she interacts with few people. Instead we listen in on her every thought & emotion. She covers the same ground over & over again in an endless loop of fear & despair. I had to keep reminding myself she was 31 as her behaviour & emotional maturity was more in keeping with those of a teenager.The chapters detailing events from 1986 are much more intriguing. We know it has to somehow link with Laura Oliver’s past & part of the challenge is trying to figure out her real identity. In these passages, we begin to see the similarities between Andy & her mother’s younger self. As the book hit the second half, tension ramps up in both time lines & the past crashes into the present. And at the risk of entering *spoiler* territory, I’m happy to report both women eventually grew a spine. The second half saved the book for me as the scope of the plot became apparent & more, interesting characters took up the story.Just a heads up: there are scenes that will make some readers uncomfortable. Emotional & physical abuse are central to the story line & while you may not like some of the characters, it’s clear they are products of their experiences. So how to rate this. I settled on 3.5 stars (3 for the first half, 4 for the second). While this may not be my favourite book by Ms. Slaughter, she sets the bar pretty high & I’ll definitely read whatever twisted tale she comes up with next.
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: Andy squeezed her eyes shut. Immediately, the images started scrolling like one of Gordon's vacation slide shows. Laura holding up her hand. The long blade slicing into her palm. Wrenching the knife away. Backhanding the blade into the man's neck. Blood. So much blood. ABOUT THIS BOOK: What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small town of EXCERPT: Andy squeezed her eyes shut. Immediately, the images started scrolling like one of Gordon's vacation slide shows. Laura holding up her hand. The long blade slicing into her palm. Wrenching the knife away. Backhanding the blade into the man's neck. Blood. So much blood. ABOUT THIS BOOK: What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she's never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life.But one day, a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura.Twenty-four hours later, Laura is in hospital, shot by an intruder who's spent thirty years trying to track her down. Now, Andrea must go on a desperate journey to follow the breadcrumbs of her mother's past. If she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either of them.MY THOUGHTS: Karin Slaughter includes the following by Emily Dickinson in her book. It perfectly describes how I felt on reading Pieces of Her. 'I felt a cleaving in my mind -As if my brain had split -I tried to match it - seam by seam -But could not make them fit. The thought behind, I strove to join Unto the thought before -But sequence ravelled out of sound Like balls - upon a floor.'I started out loving Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. I loved the premise of the book, 'What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?' I mean, really, how well do we know our parents? We know what they choose to reveal to us. Usually no more. I loved the opening chapter. I was firmly hooked, and said so. But as the book progressed, I lost interest. Not enough to make me abandon the read, but neither was it the reading frenzy I usually experience when reading this author. Between the title and the opening chapter, I was expecting something deliciously dark. It wasn't to be. The chapters alternate between 2018 and 1986. It is like reading two different stories and it takes an inordinately long time to make the connection between the two. I didn't feel emotionally invested in any of the characters. Andy is extremely immature and her dithering monologues became extremely wearing and repetitive, as was much of the book. Laura's story also became extremely repetitive, and it seemed like a very long read. So from the initial excitement, this read deteriorated into a grind for me, and I was relieved to finally close the cover on Pieces of Her. 😍😍.5 or perhaps 😕😦.5 might be more appropriate THE AUTHOR: Karin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programing. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her Will Trent series, Grant County series, and standalone novel Cop Town are all in development for film and television. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to HarperCollins Publishers, Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    I might have had too high of expectations going into this one because I loved the author's previous book, The Good Daughter. There's nothing significantly wrong with this novel, but I also can't help but feel like there's nothing new or different that make the story stand out. Andrea Cooper is basically drifting through life. All hell breaks loose when Andrea is at the mall with her mother, Laura, and a gunman starts shooting. In these moments of chaos, she discovers a different side to her moth I might have had too high of expectations going into this one because I loved the author's previous book, The Good Daughter. There's nothing significantly wrong with this novel, but I also can't help but feel like there's nothing new or different that make the story stand out. Andrea Cooper is basically drifting through life. All hell breaks loose when Andrea is at the mall with her mother, Laura, and a gunman starts shooting. In these moments of chaos, she discovers a different side to her mother. And whatever secrets Laura has been hiding pose a serious threat to both of their lives.By far, the part of the book I enjoyed the most was the present day action which focused on Andrea. It was a good combination of mystery as you wondered what Laura's deal was and thriller as Andrea was forced to always be on her toes. Unfortunately, I did not care for the flashback scenes as you get to see what led up to present day events. It was confusing at first and I never felt heavily interested in the plot although it did get slightly better the more you read. It felt like a ripped from the headlines type plot and while that might work in a Law and Order type show, here it just felt lackluster. It was also disappointing to finish the book and not feel like I 100% understood the Laura character. While I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this book, I would still consider it a solid read and look forward to whatever Karin Slaughter churns out next!I won a free copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Pieces Of Her by Karin Slaughter was a thriller narrated in two different time lines by a mother and daughter. A violent encounter with a killer in a restaurant has a devastating effect on their relationship and Laura tells her daughter Andrea that she must leave town. The story then goes back in time 32 years to a woman Called Jane who is working with a group of terrorists. Although I enjoyed parts of this book, I found it disjointed and I didn't enjoy it as much this authors previous books.I w Pieces Of Her by Karin Slaughter was a thriller narrated in two different time lines by a mother and daughter. A violent encounter with a killer in a restaurant has a devastating effect on their relationship and Laura tells her daughter Andrea that she must leave town. The story then goes back in time 32 years to a woman Called Jane who is working with a group of terrorists. Although I enjoyed parts of this book, I found it disjointed and I didn't enjoy it as much this authors previous books.I would like to thank NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    January 1, 1970
    A quiet birthday celebration at a local mall turns deadly in the opening pages of Slaughter's new standalone book, Pieces of Her. A gunman opens fire killing one woman and then turning his sights on a mother, Laura Cooper and her 31 year old daughter, Andrea (Andy). In the middle of the ensuing chaos, Andy watches, paralyzed by fear and shock, as her mother calmly and coldly not only faces down a killer but overcomes him. Like most of us, Andy thought she knew everything there was to know about A quiet birthday celebration at a local mall turns deadly in the opening pages of Slaughter's new standalone book, Pieces of Her. A gunman opens fire killing one woman and then turning his sights on a mother, Laura Cooper and her 31 year old daughter, Andrea (Andy). In the middle of the ensuing chaos, Andy watches, paralyzed by fear and shock, as her mother calmly and coldly not only faces down a killer but overcomes him. Like most of us, Andy thought she knew everything there was to know about her mother, but in the aftermath of this tragedy, she's left scared, confused, and devastated . . . wondering who this woman she calls "mother" really is.Pieces of Her explores Andy's search for the truth, as she goes on the run and begins digging into her mother's past - uncovering deadly secrets that threaten several lives. The story unfolds through dual timelines, affording readers an opportunity to witness events as they happen in both the past and present. I've come to really enjoy this method of story-telling as it makes me feel present in the moment and thus more vested in the character's lives. As always, Slaughter delivers an intricately woven plot with some twists and turns that will leave you reeling even as she maneuvers the sometimes unsettling minefield of mother/daughter relationships. The mystery and deadly secrets cast an immense shadow of imminent doom over the characters and story. I found the "past" chapters to be intriguing and fast-paced, while the "present", much of which places the reader in Andy's head, was a bit convoluted and slow moving for me. Having read most of this author's work, I can say that I didn't find this book to be as dark and graphic as many of her other books. For some readers that may be a plus, for others a minus. While it won't make my Favorite's List from this author, I still found Pieces of Her to be a complex, compelling thriller that mystery/suspense/thriller fans will enjoy. A Must Read!*Many thanks to publisher William Morrow for a copy of this arc via Edelweiss+.**Reviewed at Cross My Heart Reviews.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5Most of you already know that I’m a huge fan of Karin Slaughter, I’ve read all of her books and think she’s the queen of crime, one of the best writers around, so every year I’m always very excited to read her latest book. While I wasn’t disappointed with this one it is vastly different from her other books and not at all what I was expecting, so heads up to the #SlaughterSquad!While there were several of the components in this book that I’ve come to expect from Slaughter the plot itself di 4.5/5Most of you already know that I’m a huge fan of Karin Slaughter, I’ve read all of her books and think she’s the queen of crime, one of the best writers around, so every year I’m always very excited to read her latest book. While I wasn’t disappointed with this one it is vastly different from her other books and not at all what I was expecting, so heads up to the #SlaughterSquad!While there were several of the components in this book that I’ve come to expect from Slaughter the plot itself differed from her other work. It follows two timelines, one in the present day as Andy is thrust down a dark path after a shocking incident that exposes things about her mother, Laura that she never expected to see. It flips back to the eighties and follows a group of anarchists who are plotting to take down “the system” in order to rebuild in a better way. While I wouldn’t say I was disconnected from the past timeline I was definitely more invested in the current one, I think this may be because it wasn’t a standard case of cop versus killer, more of a group think mentality and how people can be convinced to commit acts they never would otherwise and the psychology behind it. The characterization for both sections was phenomenal as usual, but this book went even deeper into the characters personas than any of her other books and was truly the focus of the whole book.KS is an outstanding writer and I’ll continue to be her biggest fan but I wanted to make everyone aware that this was missing some of her trademark grit. There definitely were some graphic, visceral scenes and glimpses of what I love about her style of writing, but overall this was a highly character driven novel that explores the complex relationship between a mother and daughter while still very much landing in the thriller genre. This is a book to savor, not one to binge, it’s still dark and full of rich depth and dimension but it definitely marks a slight detour from Slaughter’s previous work.Pieces of Her in three words: Intricate, Multifaceted and Dangerous.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Another standalone from Karin Slaughter and possibly one of my favourite books of hers so far.A cross between a fast paced page turner and insightful psychological thriller, this was one I read fast, so caught up was I in Andy's story as she tries to put together the pieces of her Mother and discover the truth about her background. We have past and present colliding as Laura saves the day but in doing so exposes herself to some dangerous people. Daughter Andy gets caught up in the aftermath, sen Another standalone from Karin Slaughter and possibly one of my favourite books of hers so far.A cross between a fast paced page turner and insightful psychological thriller, this was one I read fast, so caught up was I in Andy's story as she tries to put together the pieces of her Mother and discover the truth about her background. We have past and present colliding as Laura saves the day but in doing so exposes herself to some dangerous people. Daughter Andy gets caught up in the aftermath, sending her on a scarily dangerous road trip to answers.As we learn what secrets lie in Laura's past it is utterly compelling, often edge of seat thrilling and beautifully plotted to keep things unexpected and addictive. As usual Karin Slaughter brings huge depth to her characters and sets the scene with aplomb. Pieces of Her is an incredibly powerful novel exploring themes of family and human nature, as such it is hugely fascinating and just proves that this author is right at the top of her game.Brilliant crime fiction. Highly recommended.
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Her mother appeared to have been trained to kill, perhaps a spy or former military, but before that horrifying and dreadful day in the diner, Andrea Cooper believed she had a quintessential upbringing. From that moment on, what she knew of life, of herself, and of her mother, it had all been a fabrication, a deception. The reader is led on a roller coaster ride of suspense, deceit, and intrigue. With the recognized style of the Jason Bourne saga, Slaughter has crafted an exceptional thriller.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.. thank you to Harper Collins Australia and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book to read. My opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Keri
    January 1, 1970
    It's Karin Slaughter.... I'm gonna read it!
  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    This was not at all what I expected. Instead of the usual clever, multilayered plot with deftly drawn characters, there's this overdone, disconnected, extremely unlikely tale that's more like an airport thriller than her usual works. The main character is tiresome in the extreme and while her mother is much more interesting, there wasn't enough to either to elicit any real emotion. And the thing with Mike? What the hell was that even about?It's not just that the author has broken out of her moul This was not at all what I expected. Instead of the usual clever, multilayered plot with deftly drawn characters, there's this overdone, disconnected, extremely unlikely tale that's more like an airport thriller than her usual works. The main character is tiresome in the extreme and while her mother is much more interesting, there wasn't enough to either to elicit any real emotion. And the thing with Mike? What the hell was that even about?It's not just that the author has broken out of her mould, I loved her other standalone The Good Daughter, but that she's lost what makes her writing so good: the dark mystery, the complex characters, the genuine feeling of the relationships... It's not going to stop me reading her books, but it's a long way from her best.ARC via Netgalley
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    From the internationally bestselling author of crime fiction, Karin Slaughter returns following (2017) The Good Daughter landing on my Top Books of 2017 with her latest —PIECES OF HER, an emotional heart-pounding action thriller featuring dynamic mother/daughter duo. What if everything you thought you knew about your quiet, middle-aged mother was wrong?First, let me begin by saying: "My nerves are fried after reading PIECES OF HER—this is one INTENSE novel! Can you really truly escape your pa From the internationally bestselling author of crime fiction, Karin Slaughter returns following (2017) The Good Daughter landing on my Top Books of 2017 with her latest —PIECES OF HER, an emotional heart-pounding action thriller featuring dynamic mother/daughter duo. What if everything you thought you knew about your quiet, middle-aged mother was wrong?First, let me begin by saying: "My nerves are fried after reading PIECES OF HER—this is one INTENSE novel! Can you really truly escape your past? Yes, I am a die-hard member of #SlaughterSquad! Have read all her books, and she continues to be on my Top Booklist each year. Questions abound: What if, when violence erupts at your local mall, and a shooter goes on a rampage, the person who stops him, dead, is your mother? What if everything you thought you knew changed in an instant? PIECES OF HER follows Andrea, a woman who thought she knew everything about her mother, Laura, until the moment she realized she didn’t, and their world unravels. A riveting, poignant, and compelling story of family — with so many twists and turns. I loved Andrea (Andy)! What a journey (always plenty of Slaughter dark humor mixed with the fear and violence). I was thinking Andy must have felt somewhat like Paige Jennings (Holly Taylor) in The Americans watching her mom, Elizabeth Jennings-Nadezhda (Keri Russell) turn into a fierce killer in front of her eyes for the first time. Who is this woman and how did she achieve these skills? A shocking secret life. With a mix of Charles Manson and The Following, the queen of Southern crime steps out of her box (she could never really be in a "box") for a tension-filled, nailbiting, gripping, adrenaline high suspense crime thriller—with past involvement of a cult and the Army of the Changing World, which comes face to face with the present. With flashbacks from 1986 to 2018, from abuse, control, rage, injustice, obsession, betrayal, violence to love. "She had always believed—vehemently, with great conviction —that the only way to change the world was to destroy it." I couldn't agree more with the Kirkus Review of PIECES OF HER: "[R]eading anything by Slaughter is like riding a particularly scary amusement park ride. Reading this one is like booking a season ticket on a ride that never lets you off."A day at the spa is in order at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa Palm Beach to ease my tension and stress after reading PIECES OF HER! However, will have to put my day of relaxation on hold. . . My #WeekendRead is Trust Me. If you know Hank Phillippi Ryan's books, the tension will continue with another dose of epinephrine. (minus my Epi-Pen). Have already begun. (Not sure my heart can take more than two of these in a row). Of course, next on my list is The Other Woman by Sandie Jones and I hear it is not "calm", by any means. Karin Slaughter, a born storyteller —always entertains with a splash! May add more here after I gather my thoughts. Get this one on your pre-order list and join the #SlaughterSquad. Wow! There are so many great books coming August, 2018 A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an early reading copy. JDCMustReadBooks *** Latest News *** Congrats! ***PIECES OF HER is Slaughter’s 18th novel. She is published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and the Edgar-nominated Cop Town are in development for film and television. Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories is partnering with Endeavor Content to develop Karin Slaughter’s upcoming thriller novel PIECES OF HER for television, with Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men) attached to direct and Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, House of Cards) to pen the adaptation. Read More
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Andreia (Andy) came home from New York to nurse her mother, Laura, who was suffering from breast cancer. Although her mother wasn’t aware of it, this was no great wrench for Andy, who was, literally, drowning in New York; struggling to pay rent on a shared apartment she hated and with dead end jobs. Now, her mother is recovered, but Andy is still something of a drifter. She has a fairly low paid, undemanding job and is just beginning to come under pressure to move out – she is thirty-one – and t Andreia (Andy) came home from New York to nurse her mother, Laura, who was suffering from breast cancer. Although her mother wasn’t aware of it, this was no great wrench for Andy, who was, literally, drowning in New York; struggling to pay rent on a shared apartment she hated and with dead end jobs. Now, her mother is recovered, but Andy is still something of a drifter. She has a fairly low paid, undemanding job and is just beginning to come under pressure to move out – she is thirty-one – and to get her career together. One day, after an arduous night shift, Andy and her mother are sitting in a diner, when an incident occurs which changes everything. It makes Andy see her mother as a completely new person and results in her having to go on the run, her former life shaken to the core. It is, to be honest, hard to review this book without giving spoilers. This is a fast moving and exciting novel, which explores Laura’s past, while also following Andy’s journey. It is a novel which also looks at the relationship between mother’s and daughter’s and moves into a dual time frame. I am never really that fond of novels which take place during two different times, as I think the whole dual time frame idea has been incredibly over-used. However, I would say that the author manages to weave the storylines together well, so that she keeps Andy’s point of view at the forefront of the novel. Overall, an interesting and exciting read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This is a stand-alone book and is a clever and complex thriller. Andrea is with her Mum when there is an attack in the mall and her mum's reaction is a massive shock to Andrea. After the attack her Mum tells her to leave and head towards a storage unit, and not come back until she tells her to. Andrea is confused and angry that her mum seems to be pushing her away but begrudgingly follows her instructions. Alongside this story we have flashbacks to 1986 where another shocking event took place an This is a stand-alone book and is a clever and complex thriller. Andrea is with her Mum when there is an attack in the mall and her mum's reaction is a massive shock to Andrea. After the attack her Mum tells her to leave and head towards a storage unit, and not come back until she tells her to. Andrea is confused and angry that her mum seems to be pushing her away but begrudgingly follows her instructions. Alongside this story we have flashbacks to 1986 where another shocking event took place and shaped the lives of a small group of people. The two stories tie in together at the end and build up to a breath taking conclusion. This is a really clever story and I highly recommend it. Thanks to Harper Collins and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Sue Em
    January 1, 1970
    Karin Slaughter writes tense compelling thrillers, and amazingly she continues to best herself with each of the past several books. When I say this is her best book, that means clear your calendar and read this book.Andrea Cooper is enjoying a pleasant birthday meal out with her mom, Laura. Andrea had come home from NY to nurse her mom through breast cancer and everything is looking up now. But their lunch is violently disrupted by an active shooter. And her mom's reaction to the situation is ju Karin Slaughter writes tense compelling thrillers, and amazingly she continues to best herself with each of the past several books. When I say this is her best book, that means clear your calendar and read this book.Andrea Cooper is enjoying a pleasant birthday meal out with her mom, Laura. Andrea had come home from NY to nurse her mom through breast cancer and everything is looking up now. But their lunch is violently disrupted by an active shooter. And her mom's reaction to the situation is just as astonishing when she faces down the shooter and grabs control of the situation.Alternating between the 80's and present day, Laura's and Andrea's stories weave a complex web of anger, passion and love into a book you can't put down. How well do you know the persons closest to you?HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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  • Cisz Strasters
    January 1, 1970
    "Ken je dat zinnetje uit de film, als iemand zegt: "Ik schiet je kop van je romp"? Dat gebeurt dus. Dat gebeurt dus echt." ~ p79.Karin Slaughter doet wederom waar ze goed in is: een thriller schrijven waarbij je als lezer op het puntje van je stoel blijft lezen! Details waarvan het kippevel over je rug kruipt en een plot waar je een puntje aan kunt zuigen. De titel 'Queen of Crime' heeft ze niet voor niets!"Ze begreep inmiddels dat als je iemand had gevonden, dat nog niet wilde zeggen dat je de "Ken je dat zinnetje uit de film, als iemand zegt: "Ik schiet je kop van je romp"? Dat gebeurt dus. Dat gebeurt dus echt." ~ p79.Karin Slaughter doet wederom waar ze goed in is: een thriller schrijven waarbij je als lezer op het puntje van je stoel blijft lezen! Details waarvan het kippevel over je rug kruipt en een plot waar je een puntje aan kunt zuigen. De titel 'Queen of Crime' heeft ze niet voor niets!"Ze begreep inmiddels dat als je iemand had gevonden, dat nog niet wilde zeggen dat je de waarheid te horen kreeg. Of dat zo iemand geen geweer op je borst richtte." ~ p365.In Gespleten lees je het verhaal van Andrea Cooper. Wanneer het restaurant waar zij met haar moeder, Laura, aan het lunchen is onder vuur wordt genomen, ziet zij een kant van haar die ze niet kende. Laura weet de schutter zonder zichtbare angst te overmeesteren en te doden, met alle gevolgen van dien. Is haar moeder wel wie ze denkt dat ze is, of leeft ze al 30 jaar in een leugen? Wat is er zo erg dat haar dat andere haar liever dood dan levend zien? Heden en verleden wisselen zich elkaar af op een manier zoals alleen Karin Slaughter dat kan schrijven. Langzaam maar zeker valt de puzzel voor zowel Andrea als de lezer op zijn plek, en krijgt het verhaal zijn volledige vorm tot de uiteindelijke climax. Geen enkel moment wordt het verhaal saai, of verslapt de aandacht. Personages zijn sterk, hebben bestaansrecht, zelfs de kleinste rollen. De karakter ontwikkeling van Andrea, het verleden van haar moeder, de macht van 1 man, de kracht van woede, angst, wraak, leugens. Al die losse ingredienten die een geweldig geheel vormen tijdens het roeren. Een boek dat je eigenlijk niet neer wilt leggen tijdens het lezen, waar je 's nacht voor wakker wilt blijven en tot de zon op komt in wil blijven lezen. Net zolang totdat je laatste zin leest en het met een zucht kan neerleegen. Dat is de kracht waarmee Slaughter schrijft. Ook nu weer!"Ik ben niemand, en dat is precies wie ik wilde zijn." ~ p382.Ik geloof dat iedereen inmiddels wel weet dat ik een echt Slaughter-fan ben. Toch is het iedere keer weer spannend of ze het ook dit keer weer waar gaat maken. De liefde was er gelukkig echt weer vanaf de eerste pagina!!! Het moet geen verrassing zijn dat ik niet anders kan dan een dikke 5 sterren geven... My queen, I kneel for you, yet again!
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    Karin Slaughter is one of my go-to authors for smart, emotive and dark thrillers - but this one? Not so much. Something about this whole book just didn't work for me: the writing feels muddied and lacking in clarity; the characters, especially the daughter who is 31-going-on-13, don't really make psychological sense; and the story seems to be driven by in-your-face twists rather than the more carefully planned emotional trajectories of the previous books.Most of all, previous Slaughter books hav Karin Slaughter is one of my go-to authors for smart, emotive and dark thrillers - but this one? Not so much. Something about this whole book just didn't work for me: the writing feels muddied and lacking in clarity; the characters, especially the daughter who is 31-going-on-13, don't really make psychological sense; and the story seems to be driven by in-your-face twists rather than the more carefully planned emotional trajectories of the previous books.Most of all, previous Slaughter books have made me feel; this one left me distanced and untouched. Where is the wit, humour and laugh-out-funny moments that have always lightened the previous books? The smartness about women in what is still primarily a man's world? After so many hits, I guess Slaughter is allowed a miss...Thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC via NetGalley
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re looking for a dark and twisted story like Pretty Girls or The Good Daughter, you won’t find that with Pieces of Her. Instead, you’ll find an intricately crafted mystery about what we really know about the people we love most. Despite Pieces of Her not being as dark as some of her previous novels, Slaughter still knows how to deliver a punch with her more violent scenes, character arcs, and intricate storytelling. Pieces of Her follows Andy as she discovers that her soft spoken, loving If you’re looking for a dark and twisted story like Pretty Girls or The Good Daughter, you won’t find that with Pieces of Her. Instead, you’ll find an intricately crafted mystery about what we really know about the people we love most. Despite Pieces of Her not being as dark as some of her previous novels, Slaughter still knows how to deliver a punch with her more violent scenes, character arcs, and intricate storytelling. Pieces of Her follows Andy as she discovers that her soft spoken, loving mother isn’t who she thought she was. Andy is thrown to the wolves and forced to discover who her mother really is as she searches for answers and fights for her life.What I enjoyed most about his novel was the alternating chapters from the past and present. This allows the reader to slowly piece together the story and its eventual outcome. I absolutely loved being able to connect the dots to see what was in store for Andy. What Slaughter accomplishes in Pieces of Her is an intricate mystery seeped in the complex relationship that is between a mother and daughter. Some of Slaughter’s best writing in this novel is her character work between Andy and her mother. This character work then extends to family in general as the story progresses.Pieces of Her is a slow paced novel, but never feels like a chore to read. Slaughter takes her time setting up the scene and characters before delivering an absolute gut punch at the end of each chapter. Just when you think the chapter might be dragging on too long, Slaughter rips the rug from underneath you changing the direction of the story and the characters involved.Overall, Pieces of Her is an absolute bomb of a story whether you’re a seasoned Slaughter fan or new to her writing. Pieces of Her will wow you with its mystery and keep you reading because of the character work.** I was provided an ARC from Edelweiss for an honest review.
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  • Jessica Woodbury
    January 1, 1970
    To start, I should say that I have read at least a dozen Karin Slaughter books. I tend to prefer her at her darkest (PRETTY GIRLS is perhaps my favorite, though COP TOWN is a strong second) and I tend to prefer her standalones rather than her series. With all that said, for me this was about in the middle, though I suspect readers who don't really like Slaughter's extra dark books will rank this one among her best. It'll come down to taste and preference for sure.The hook around this book is pre To start, I should say that I have read at least a dozen Karin Slaughter books. I tend to prefer her at her darkest (PRETTY GIRLS is perhaps my favorite, though COP TOWN is a strong second) and I tend to prefer her standalones rather than her series. With all that said, for me this was about in the middle, though I suspect readers who don't really like Slaughter's extra dark books will rank this one among her best. It'll come down to taste and preference for sure.The hook around this book is pretty fantastic, and if you can put it down after the opening scene you have more will power than I do. With that in mind, I would recommend going into this one cold. The marketing copy is not too spoiler-y, but if you like a commercial thriller, this is a safe bet to jump into. If you haven't read Slaughter before, this is a good one to start with. I think it might be my new go-to first book for her since it has many of her favorite themes (trauma, identity, trust, family) but it isn't as shocking or violent as some of her books (though there's still plenty!). For me, this didn't quite measure up mostly due to structure. The flashback style was so fantastic for the first half of the book, but it was a little too easy to put together most of the pieces (I was only surprised by maybe one or two things in the entire second half, when I was surprised constantly in the first half) and eventually it just became very clear where everything was going. If the second half had dug a little more deeply into character it could have worked better, but Andy doesn't have anywhere the depth that the other protagonist does so it felt unbalanced.But middle-of-the-road Slaughter still means a quick, reliable thriller. I saved it for an airplane flight and it kept me happily distracted just like I wanted it to.
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  • Cass ☘
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read too many of Karin Slaughter's novels, but this book will definitely have me reading more of hers. Tagline: What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. Or so she thinks. Laura leads a quiet suburban life in a small town, as a prominent speech pathologist. Andrea herself though has been in a rut, working in as a 911 dispatcher and living in her mom's apartment over the garage I haven't read too many of Karin Slaughter's novels, but this book will definitely have me reading more of hers. Tagline: What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. Or so she thinks. Laura leads a quiet suburban life in a small town, as a prominent speech pathologist. Andrea herself though has been in a rut, working in as a 911 dispatcher and living in her mom's apartment over the garage. But one Saturday at the mall, the two of them are out for lunch together when a violent psychopath opens fire in the restaurant.In a bizarre event, Andrea sees the woman she thought was her mother turn into a calm and fearless heroine, with a silent and hidden past. Now though through all of the media, Laura has been exposed and both are in imminent danger. Within 24 hours, Laura has been shot by an intruder and is in the hospital.Andrea begins a desperate countrywide journey to solve the puzzle of her mother's past and save them both.I finished this book within 3 days, as it was so hard to put down. I literally kept reading all throughout the day, whether cooking, cleaning or sitting outside. Many unexpected twists and turns and I'm not easily fooled but this had me biting my nails to the end. There is an aHA! moment and I enjoyed this book so much, I'm tempted now to re-read it.I highly recommend and send thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Thebooktrail
    January 1, 1970
    Another standalone from Karin Slaughter so although it’s very different from the series, it gives her a chance to explore less criminal issues and more human and Psychological ones.This one gets inside the head of a mother and her daughter. When, following a shooting at a local restaurant, the mother reacts in a way no one expects least of all her daughter, there’s a lot of questions to be asked. Who is this woman? Who is her mother really and what made her into that woman she kept hidden from h Another standalone from Karin Slaughter so although it’s very different from the series, it gives her a chance to explore less criminal issues and more human and Psychological ones.This one gets inside the head of a mother and her daughter. When, following a shooting at a local restaurant, the mother reacts in a way no one expects least of all her daughter, there’s a lot of questions to be asked. Who is this woman? Who is her mother really and what made her into that woman she kept hidden from her family?Imagine if you were that daughter. What would you do, how would you feel etc? Well there’s a lot of insight and consequences wrapped up in this exploration of the question. Less thriller as you might expect from Karin and more Psychological thrillerThe scene setting is not really a focal point of this novel apart from the fact that this has to take place in a fairly small seaside town in America. Somewhere without a real name or identity so the action can unfold. Somewhere you might return to to be with your mother, and then to find answers. An outsider in a small town.Fast paced and nicely done. the last third of the book is payback indeed.
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  • NZLisaM
    January 1, 1970
    Predictable and Long!I’ve been a long time fan of Karin Slaughter, although it’s been a few years since I’ve read one of her books. Having never read a standalone novel of hers, I was excited to delve into ‘Pieces of Her’.Mother-daughter, Laura and Andrea, are enjoying a quiet lunch, when a teenage gunman enters the mall diner, and starts firing. Small-town mum, Laura, not only manages to disarm the killer, but also stabs him in the neck with his own knife. This action, starts a chain-of-events Predictable and Long!I’ve been a long time fan of Karin Slaughter, although it’s been a few years since I’ve read one of her books. Having never read a standalone novel of hers, I was excited to delve into ‘Pieces of Her’.Mother-daughter, Laura and Andrea, are enjoying a quiet lunch, when a teenage gunman enters the mall diner, and starts firing. Small-town mum, Laura, not only manages to disarm the killer, but also stabs him in the neck with his own knife. This action, starts a chain-of-events that has Andrea questioning who her mother really is.The first chapter was exhilarating and heart-pounding, and had me rearing-to-go, but the next 30% struggled to hold my attention, forcing me to put the book aside for a couple of days. The pace did pick up after that and I finished the book over the course of a few hours, but nothing regarding the suspense, or the outcome, was particularly unexpected or new.A major problem I had with the novel was the character of Andrea. She was the most immature thirty-one year old I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, I spent the first half of the novel waiting for the reveal that she was intellectually disabled, or had a developmental disorder. Being in her POV was the equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. At one point her father tells her to pack a toothbrush for her overnight bag?! Even more mind-boggling is that she worked as a 911 operator (thankfully we never see it), yet she’s practically mute, her parent’s both mollycoddle, and make all her decisions, and her first response to any given situation is to hide and cry. Why not make her twenty-one? Still young for her age but more believable. When forced to finally stand on her own two feet, Andrea had one line that was a real zinger, and a couple of badass moments, otherwise I’m not sure I would’ve been able to stomach her to the end.Laura too, was problematic. The book summary goes to great lengths to describe her as the perfect mother, neighbour, friend, pillar-of-the-community, yet we’re given little evidence of this as the shooting takes place only a few pages in. Consequently her character comes across as cold and unfeeling right from the get-go. In short, ‘Pieces of Her’ was more character, than action driven, and my failure to care whether or not Andrea or Laura made it out alive, meant this was a miss for me. Plot-wise, an average thriller, but if someone asked me for a book recommendation for 2018 crime suspense, this one would be pretty far down my list. Still a fantastic author who has written some incredible books.
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  • Juul Van den berg
    January 1, 1970
    Mijn meningIk ben fan van Karin Slaughter. Dat is geen geheim. En ook nu keek ik reikhalzend uit naar het nieuwe boek. En vorige week plofte hij op de deurmat, ik mocht hem vooruit lezen. En natuurlijk heb ik alles wat ik aan het lezen was opzij geschoven, de deurbel ui, telefoon op stil en genieten maar!Maar was het ook genieten? Volgens mij kan Karin geen echt slechte boeken schrijven. Toch vond ik deze helaas wat minder. Zeker na de fantastische Goede dochter van vorig jaar. Dat boek had mij Mijn meningIk ben fan van Karin Slaughter. Dat is geen geheim. En ook nu keek ik reikhalzend uit naar het nieuwe boek. En vorige week plofte hij op de deurmat, ik mocht hem vooruit lezen. En natuurlijk heb ik alles wat ik aan het lezen was opzij geschoven, de deurbel ui, telefoon op stil en genieten maar!Maar was het ook genieten? Volgens mij kan Karin geen echt slechte boeken schrijven. Toch vond ik deze helaas wat minder. Zeker na de fantastische Goede dochter van vorig jaar. Dat boek had mij echt omver geblazen. Dat is bij dit boek niet het geval.Waarmee ik niet beweer dat ik het een slecht boek vind, dat zeker niet. Ik heb het nog steeds met veel plezier gelezen.Het is helaas weer een stand-alone. Wanneer zien we Will en Sara weer terug?! Ik vind het wel weer tijd worden.Het verhaal wordt vertelt in augustus 2018 en in 1986. De gebeurtenissen in 2018 beleef je vanuit het perspectief van de dochter, Andy. Het verhaal van 1986 vanuit het perspectief van de moeder, Laura. Om en om wordt het verhaal uit de doeken gedaan, in behoorlijk lange hoofdstukken. Dat was echt iets dat mij opviel. Ik lees meestal van hoofdstuk naar hoofdstuk en stop absoluut niet midden in een hoofdstuk, dat is nu wel een aantal keer gebeurt. Geen probleem, maar dus wel opvallend.De dochter noemt zichzelf regelmatig een amoebe, omdat ze weinig voorstelt en veel lijdzaam ondergaat. Hoe verzin je het? Amoebe?! Het woord van het boek, wat mij betreft. Sowieso valt het taalgebruik op. Het lijkt wat ruwer, dan in andere boeken. Wat minder netjes allemaal. Niet op een vervelende manier, want het past zeker binnen het verhaal.Het verhaal zelf is spannend, maar misschien ook wat vergezocht. Alhoewel, tegenwoordig kun je het zo gek niet bedenken of het gebeurt. Alle lijntjes zijn goed uitgewerkt en ik werd regelmatig op het verkeerde been gezet.Karin schuwt de maatschappelijke thema’s van toen en nu niet. Sektes, linkse acties, AIDS, vooroordelen, het komt allemaal voorbij.Het is geen 5 sterren boek, maar nog steeds wel een goed boek.4,5 sterren
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  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    When I pick up a Karin Slaughter book, I know before I start reading that it's going to be thrilling, and that I'm going to love it.Andy is in her 30's. She tried and failed to make it on her own, and returned to the open arms of her loving mother - lost and deflated. Her mother, Laura, was happy for Andy to stay in the apartment above her garage and take as long as she needed to find her feet.Andy and Laura are in a diner, when a troubled man starts shooting people. All of a sudden, Andy's cari When I pick up a Karin Slaughter book, I know before I start reading that it's going to be thrilling, and that I'm going to love it.Andy is in her 30's. She tried and failed to make it on her own, and returned to the open arms of her loving mother - lost and deflated. Her mother, Laura, was happy for Andy to stay in the apartment above her garage and take as long as she needed to find her feet.Andy and Laura are in a diner, when a troubled man starts shooting people. All of a sudden, Andy's caring mother becomes a different person. She kills the man, and it seems like she knows what she is doing. She becomes distant and uncaring. She tells Andy to move out. Andy is confused, she doesn't know who her mother is anymore. The book follows her journey to find out who Laura really is, and what secrets she is keeping from her only daughter, who spent the last 30 years believing her mother was just a normal wife and mother.This book is a continuous chase - Andy is chasing the truth, and someone may be chasing her, too. There is constant tension, but it isn't a mindless action thriller and the pace is quite steady. As I would expect from the author, it's both psychologically and emotionally challenging. There's plenty of confusion and uncertainty, but the plot unravels beautifully.Andy makes a great protagonist because she is easy to like, and she's so unsure of what's happening I felt like she was going through the same journey as me. I enjoyed the way a lot of the characters seemed mysterious and sinister, until Andy discovers who they really are and their true personalities come out.I wouldn't say this is my favourite Karin Slaughter novel, but it's riveting and very well written. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery or thriller.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I always like Karen Slaughter's novels. Sometimes, though, I love them. And this is one of those times. PIECES OF HER is one of her best.First is the story of Laura and her 31-year-old daughter, Andrea. After Laura is attacked by a stranger wearing a hoodie, Andrea goes on the run. During her travels, she learns more and more about Laura, and the immature Andrea starts acting her age.Every other chapter is another story, 32 years earlier. Mainly, this one deals with Jane and Nick and the cult-li I always like Karen Slaughter's novels. Sometimes, though, I love them. And this is one of those times. PIECES OF HER is one of her best.First is the story of Laura and her 31-year-old daughter, Andrea. After Laura is attacked by a stranger wearing a hoodie, Andrea goes on the run. During her travels, she learns more and more about Laura, and the immature Andrea starts acting her age.Every other chapter is another story, 32 years earlier. Mainly, this one deals with Jane and Nick and the cult-like group of anarchists that Nick leads.Watch as the two stories become one.This book isn't just another thriller. Slaughter obviously did some research and presents real facts along with her fiction. Plus, it's unputdownable.I won an ARC of this book from the publisher, William Morrow.
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  • Steffi
    January 1, 1970
    Nachdem ich von "Pretty Girls" sehr begeistert war und "Ein Teil von ihr" mich sehr interessiert hat, war ich unheimlich gespannt auf das Buch und hatte sehr hohe Erwartungen. Leider konnte das Buch nicht mit diesen Erwartungen mithalten.Von Beginn an hatte ich Schwierigkeiten in die Geschichte reinzukommen, was unter anderem auch an den vielen Personen lag, die man nur schwer einander zuordnen konnte, bei dem doch etwas plötzlichen Beginn. Es gab keine Gelegenheit die Charaktere und ihre Bezieh Nachdem ich von "Pretty Girls" sehr begeistert war und "Ein Teil von ihr" mich sehr interessiert hat, war ich unheimlich gespannt auf das Buch und hatte sehr hohe Erwartungen. Leider konnte das Buch nicht mit diesen Erwartungen mithalten.Von Beginn an hatte ich Schwierigkeiten in die Geschichte reinzukommen, was unter anderem auch an den vielen Personen lag, die man nur schwer einander zuordnen konnte, bei dem doch etwas plötzlichen Beginn. Es gab keine Gelegenheit die Charaktere und ihre Beziehungen zu einander kennenzulernen. Dies besserte sich im Laufe des Buches leider nicht, ganz im Gegenteil, es gab immer mehr Personen. Außerdem fehlte es mir einfach an Spannung, es war entweder völlig vorhersehbar oder so an den Haaren herbeigezogen, dass ich mich nicht mehr für die Geschichte begeistern konnte.Die Autorin beschreibt so viele Details, dass es für mich einfach nur zäh und langweilig war, da zusätzlich wie bereits erwähnt die Spannung fehlte.Nach dieser Enttäuschung werde ich nun erstmal wieder Abstand von den Büchern der Autorin nehmen.
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  • Ciska Bokhorst
    January 1, 1970
    Zucht.... Het moest een keer gebeuren. Een minder boek van je favoriete auteur.Het zit hem voor mij in het verhaal. Dat sprak me totaal niet aan. Gelukkig is de schrijfstijl wel zoals altijd. En sommige stukken waren echt wel goed maar ik miste de spanning.Hopelijk is haar volgende boek gewoon weer Sara en Will. Die begin ik best te missen...
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