Saturday, April 6, 2019

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Title: Pieces of Her

Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: August 21, 2018

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 Cooper 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. . . .

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“I'm not choosing anybody but myself.” 

Pieces of Her started with a bang, literally.

Andrea Cooper, a thirty-one-year-old woman, is having lunch with her mother, Laura Oliver, in celebration of her birthday. They are discussing Andrea's next move. Andrea works as a 911 dispatcher. She was living in NYC but moved back home when her mother, Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years back. Now, her mother thinks it's time to go back to NYC and start living. As they are discussing this, a young man comes into the dinner and starts shooting. Andrea and her mother almost die but by the end of the night, Laura's actions are brought into question.  Andrea is told not to talk to the cops and Andrea feels like she has lost her mother's affection. Worse, her mother is kicking her out. She must move out that same night.

What happens next will chase Andrea away. She'll have to run and hide. Some very bad people are after her. The only way to know what's really going on is for her to unravel what her mother has been hiding for 32 years. 

“She had always believed—vehemently, with great conviction—that the only way to change the world was to destroy it.”

I wasn't sure what to think about Andrea at the beginning. I was mad she was acting like a catatonic dummy and she had no reaction time during the shooting. Yes, I admit, in her situation, I'd probably be the same but come on, the women in books should be sturdier and smarter! Anyway, I do love how Karin Slaughter was able to grow her as a character and by the end, she could stand on her own two feet. Laura, on the other hand, was a force to be reckoned with. I do not want to have her as an enemy. She has learned from her past mistakes and was not going to make them again.

Pieces of You is mostly about a mother and her daughter. The past and the present are presented to the reader at different times. We learned about Laura and what made her change and what they're both capable to do in order to survive. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. I switch from audible to kindle and vice-versa. It was a fun ride. 

If I had to express a couple of complaints, my first one will be that I'd love to see more Mike and Andy interaction. My second one, you'll have to ask me because it's a spoiler. 

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

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