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.
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.
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