After listening to The Good Daughter I had to jump into another Karin Slaughter right away. I own Pieces of Her but decided to get the audiobook as well. Lately that is the way for me to actually finish books haha. So I listened to Pieces of Her and wanted to share my thoughts with you all. So let’s jump in!
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. . . .
Pieces of Her (Andrea Oliver, #1) by Karin Slaughter
Published by William Morrow on 21/08/2018
This book felt very differently from all the other Karin Slaughter books I’ve read so far. And that wasn’t a bad thing, but just different. Most of her books have a very brutal crime, and while there were definitely some very sad and maybe even shocking events in here, they weren’t as brutal as some of Karin’s other crimes haha.
“You are magnificent because you are so uniquely you”
We get two timelines in this story and I figured out what was what pretty quickly I would say. Although I was tricked for a little bit until I fully figured it out. The story was still very interesting to read and I was curious to see how it would end. I was especially invested in the story that was set in the 80’s. It was super interesting to see it all play out. And I also think this is something that Karin does really well, she writes the psychology of people like a pro. The characters are super interesting to read about and I love seeing the relationships between them and how they react to one another. None of the characters are great humans, they’re all flawed and make some questionable decisions. But those are the best characters to read about in my opinion.
“She had always believed—vehemently, with great conviction—that the only way to change the world was to destroy it.”
This wasn’t my favorite Karin Slaughter but it was once again a really good one. It reminded me that Karin writes so well and compelling. I want to read another book of her right away. If I’m correct, I still have 5 books of hers to read currently. And I’m very excited to do just that!