REVIEW: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of Her

Published: August 21, 2018 by William Morrow

 

Can you ever truly escape your past?

Andrea Cooper and her mother, Laura are having lunch and celebrating Andrea’s thirty-first birthday at the Rise n’Dine restaurant at the mall of Belle Isle.

Just as they are about to finish up their lunch…

Suddenly it feels like the world explodes.

People are screaming and crying, trying to take cover. Andrea’s mother tackles her to the ground.  What happens next shocks Andrea to her core. When it’s over, Andrea tries to make sense of what happened. Laura Oliver is a quiet middle-aged speech pathologist. She’s been a great mother to Andrea. She’s not the type of person who keeps secrets.

But it turns out Andrea may not have known her mother at all.

Why is her mother telling her not to speak to the police? She wants her to claim she can’t remember what happened. “Promise me, don’t talk to the police”. Then on top of everything else, her mother wants her to move out. She wants her to leave that same night. She says she needs space. Andrea is confused. Why is her mother acting so angry and cold towards her? Andrea wonders what she did wrong. But as she’s packing up to leave that evening something else happens that changes everything….and sends Andrea spiraling in a whole new direction.

As she tries to figure out just who her mother really is, Andrea learns more about herself as well. But is she strong enough for what’s ahead?

Will Andrea be able to save her mother? And herself?

Karin Slaughter excels at storytelling. Her novels are known for their heart-pounding intensity, twists and turns, and well-developed characters. This was an exciting and intense read that had me gripped, wondering what was going to happen next.

The majority of the story alternates between Andrea’s mother’s point of view in the past and Andrea’s point of view in the present. I liked the length of the chapters and found it easy to follow the alternating viewpoints.

“Pieces of Her” was a well-paced intriguing read with some very startling and unexpected twists. As usual, the author has written an exciting story loaded with suspense and fascinating characters. 

I am a proud member of the “Slaughter Squad” and I can’t wait to read what the author writes next.

 

I’d like to thank William Morrow for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
 

 

My Favorite Books – read & released in 2017

Wow!

2017 is almost done. How did THAT happen? I feel like it was just January.  I blinked and here we are in the last days of the year.

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I read a lot of awesome books this year. Amazing books that entertained me, made me laugh, and some that made me cry.  I’m putting my top ten in this post, although I read a lot more than ten great reads. I also read a lot of fantastic books that will be released in 2018. But this list is only those read and released in 2017!

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The following are my favorite reads released in 2017  (in no particular order) :

 

She Rides Shotgun   by Jordan Harper

Published May 4,  2017 by Simon & Schuster

This was a fantastic read. Loaded with action and emotion. With one of my favorite characters this year…a stuffed bear!

She Rides Shotgun

Little Fires Everywhere    by Celeste Ng

Published September 12, 2017 by Penguin Press

This was an intriguing and compelling domestic drama. A story about motherhood, adolescence, race, rules, and so much more. Great characters and an interesting plot made this a fast and fantastic read.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Marsh King’s Daughter  by Karen Dionne

Published June 13,  2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
An amazing read that I really could have read in one sitting. Compelling, intense, and unputdownable. This is another book that is going to stay with me for a very long time.

The Marsh King's Daughter

If The Creek Don’t Rise  by Leah Weiss

Published August 22,  2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark

An emotional and heartbreaking read. Honest and gritty with a great plot and fantastic characters. This was another novel that was very hard to put down once I started reading. 
If The Creek Don't Rise

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  by Gail Honeyman

Published May 18, 2017 by HarperCollins
This was a surprise hit for me. I won this novel in a giveaway..THANK GOODNESS! I don’t know if I would have picked it up otherwise.  It was FANTASTIC!  A unique, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and inspiring read. Eleanor Oliphant stole my heart!

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

Published January 31, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Another fantastic read that had me hooked from the very start. A story about love and loss, life and death, and above all, healing and forgiveness. One of the best debut novels I’ve read.

I Liked My Life

The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Published September 5,  2017 by Harper

A phenomenal read. With a thoroughly engrossing plot and excellent characterization, “The Child Finder” had me hooked from start to finish.

The Child Finder

The Ghostwriter by Alessandra Torre

Published October 2, 2017 by DCA

An excellent plot with fantastic characterization made this an incredible read. A captivating, well-written, and well-paced novel about secrets, betrayal, guilt, lies, and so much more.

The Ghostwriter

The Stolen Marriage: A Novel  by Diane Chamberlain

Published October 3, 2017 by St. Martin’s Press

Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are usually written around real events in history. I always learn things reading her novels, while still enjoying a great story. This was a fantastic story about secrets, love, racism, betrayal, forgiveness and more.

The Stolen Marriage: A Novel

 

The Good Daughter  by Karin Slaughter

Published August 8, 2017 by William Morrow
This book was INTENSE! It honestly had me feeling ALL THE FEELS. I really did both laugh and cry while reading this novel. “The Good Daughter” had me in its clutches from page one until the very end, and I’m still feeling the after-effects. This was an addictive and compelling psychological thriller with a mind-bending and thoroughly engrossing plot.
The Good Daughter

 

I would like to thank everyone for visiting my blog and reading my posts!  I appreciate all of your comments. I have really enjoyed reading your reviews and blog posts, and I look forward to reading more of them in the future!

From what I’ve seen so far it looks like 2018 is going to be another year of fantastic reads!!

 

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