So excited to be apart of the tour for the newest Karin Slaughter release!
Thanks to William Morrow and TLC Book Tours for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
PIECES OF HER – Karin Slaughter (out now!)
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 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. . . .
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
So last year was my introduction to Karin Slaughter when the #CJSReads trio read THE GOOD DAUGHTER and I fell in love with her writing. She has a way of writing that just immediately sucks you in and you don’t even realize you’ve read 200 pages already (something that Chandra and I had in common with this one!).
We have the dual timelines in this one and we go from present day and then flashback to the 1980’s. In the present, we follow Andrea (Andy). She has always been close with her mother but when faced with a desperate situation, she realizes how little she really know about her mother’s life. There are secrets galore and Andrea finds herself trying to dig through Laura’s past. It’s really hard to talk much about the plot without giving anything exciting away!
This one had a different feel to it than THE GOOD DAUGHTER did, I can’t quite decide what it specifically is though. I did enjoy the present day perspective and story better than the 1980’s flashbacks (to Laura’s life). There was more action and suspense with Andrea’s story. I think because of this, I connected more with Andrea than with Laura.
This was another page-turner with a great pacing for the first half of the book. I did feel like it slowed down a little bit towards the middle, but otherwise it’s real binge-worthy read! If you’re a fan of Karin Slaughter, then this is a no-brainer.
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About 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 Townand 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 programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television.
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