Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin

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Release: 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers

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. . . .

If you read my blog often, you know that Karin Slaughter is undoubtedly one of my favorite authors. I absolutely loved The Good Daughter and I was looking forward to reading her new novel: Pieces of Her. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I love reading books during my vacations, and this year, Malta’s choice was Karin’s new standalone. Now, every time I think about the trip, I will remember how much I enjoyed reading this novel while lying on the beach.

If you’ve read other reviews, you already know that Pieces of Her is quite a different book and unlike her usual mysteries. I wouldn’t say this is a mystery per se, although, of course, Andrea is trying to find out more about her mother and her past. But I’d say this is more of an adventure… and what a ride! Andrea wasn’t an easy character to like, as she appeared to be pretty bland in my opinion, but I still wanted to know what was going on. However, the past narration was my favorite aspect of the novel and one storyline that will be incredibly hard to forget.

I don’t want to say much because I’d love for you to find out for yourselves, but I was incredibly gripped from the moment the flashbacks started. At first, I wasn’t sure what the book would be about, but once we started to get to know Laura a bit more, the book took a direction I honestly didn’t expect and I really like stories like this one. The story reminded me a bit of Diane Chamberlain’s The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes, and, after all, that is definitely a favorite of mine.

I am well aware that this will not be for everyone because it’s not exactly fast-paced and it’s quite long, but if it manages to grip you like it did with me, I’m sure you will love it, too. It’s not full of twists, as the story is pretty straight-forward, but it’s so incredibly well-written and full of interesting dynamics between the characters, that I couldn’t help to admire Karin Slaughter’s ability to make me care about her characters no matter what she writes about.

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30 thoughts on “Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter @SlaughterKarin

  1. Renee (Itsbooktalk) says:

    I have to say you’ve got me more curious about this than I’d been before reading your review. i’ve been passing it by since it’s been said to be so different than her other books and not really a mystery but now I’ll see it in mind:)

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  2. Stephanie says:

    Great review, Annie! I’m glad that you enjoyed this one…I did too of course since it was KS, but you know that it being so different threw me, lol. But I never thought about how it was an adventure, and you’re right that it is. KS does characters better than almost any author I know and will remain my favorite no matter what. I need to read Chamberlain’s The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes and see what you mean since she’s another favorite author (I just finished Dream Daughter and cried like a baby). Loved your perspective on this one ❤

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    • Annie says:

      Oh, I think you’re going to like that one, the themes are really similar and it was my first Chamberlain’s! I added Dream Daughter because everyone says it’s so good! How are you btw? ❤

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      • Stephanie says:

        I’m sure I will! I haven’t yet read one by her that I didn’t like. It was so good! I laughed and bawled my eyes out. It was fantastic. I’m getting better day by day. ❤ Still so tired all the time and my lungs still hurt at times, but they said that was normal. If I overdo it, I pay for it more than I typically would. We’re getting ready to be hit with hurricane Florence, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s not as terrible as they’re predicting…severe flooding, up to 15 in of rain, power outages, winds up to 55 mph. I love storms but this is another level of scary…not what I was hoping for my week! Wish us luck!!

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  3. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    I like that this isn’t as much of a mystery as some of Slaughter’s other books. It actually makes me more interested. I love reading a great book on vacation and then forever linking the book with that place. Sounds like this was perfect for you and I hope the rest of your vacation was just as nice.

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  4. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    So I’ve only read one Karin Slaughter book and it was Pretty Girls… that book was a little more f*cked up than I typically read and gave me a bit of a complex lol Are the rest of her books as… messed up as that one?! lol

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