Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

A Novel

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"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 BelleIsle; 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublisher, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062430274
0062430270
Characteristics: 470 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: SLAUGHTER, K

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Overall, I really liked the book because of its interesting plot and story line. It's quite long so it took a while to read but it wasn't repetitive or dragging on like many other books. Something interesting was always happening and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked the ending a lot, and I'm glad there weren't any unanswered questions. Some of the characters were really annoying, especially the main character Andrea. Some of the things she did made it hard for me to keep reading. Another character I won't mention was so annoying and frustrating that I almost didn't want to finish. The end left me wanting more, which not many books do. I'm glad I read the book, but I wish the characters were more likable.

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rchouhdary
Aug 16, 2019

I absolutely loved this book. It got me right off the bat and I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep at night. Really enjoyed it, it was my first book by this author recommended to me by my sister in law but it won't be the last.

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LoveChild60
Jul 20, 2019

I normally enjoy Slaughters work, but this book? I have to agree with the other comments. I usually give a book the 99 page test and if I've not "gotten into" it, then it probably won't happen and I'm done. But for whatever reason, I stayed with this. By the end, part of me was glad I did. The other part is kicking itself hahaha If you want to fall asleep easily at bedtime, THIS book will do it, it did me. Still I stuck with it, thinking maybe she was having a "bad" day-week-month-year. I did finish but it took me a lot longer than my normal. I only gave it I think 3 1/2 stars. I'm taking a break from Slaughter for a bit. Happy Reading!

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SidheWrites
Jul 04, 2019

I recently discovered Karin Slaughter and was excited to find two of her books available at the library. Unfortunately, this one wasn't my cup of tea.

The story goes back and forth between the 1980's and 2018 and, in my opinion, the flashbacks were overwritten, boring, and extremely difficult to get through. The dynamic between Jane and Nick is so overdone and I am, quite frankly, sick to death of reading about characters who are still in love with abusive sociopaths even after they seem to have escaped.

Just once, why can't we see them work through it and then draw strength from it? Why does their weakness and lack of self worth have to be a plot device?

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 22, 2019

RATING: 3.5 STARS
2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
(Review Not on Blog)

The novel started out with a Slaughter bang, but as the novel unfolded I fund myself disappointed. This one reminded me of The Good Daughter (the other Slaughter book I was a bit disappointed with). After the initial great start the story starts to fall apart and no amount of Slaughter magic could fix it. Did Slaughter get bored of the story, or did the editor? It wasn't just that it felt unfinished in the middle but more like five different ideas were sewed up together. If you have not read a Slaughter novel, please do not start with this one!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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cscarba
May 24, 2019

I had a very hard time finishing this book. Slow reading. Could have done without about 150 pages.

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DM_kcls
Apr 12, 2019

Slow-paced doesn't begin to describe the slog to get through 'Pieces of Her'.

While I am a huge fan of Karen Slaughter and have read her every book with the exception of Cop Town, which I attempted to read, this book was just plain awful.

I could not engage nor identify with any of the characters. The plot was hard to follow especially since you really don't figure out the plot until the end of the book. The bouncing back and forth between 2018 and 1986 was just hard to read because there is no sense of what and why you are bouncing back and forth. When I finally made it through about 3/4's of the book, I started skipping the 1986 chapters. I just wanted to be done.

There were a few quotes:

"She always knew where all the tops were to her Tupperware."

"I thought that being in love meant being on pins and needles all the time. Passion and fury and arguing and making up. . . . It's taking out the trash and saving up for vacations. Making sure the school forms are signed. Remembering to bring home milk."

Love doesn't keep you in a constant state of turmoil. It gives you peace."

2 stars C-

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NRBBrady
Mar 06, 2019

I have been a faithful reader of all things Slaughter. This is the first time I have ever been disappointed, and to the point that I am unsure if I will pick up any future work. Due to the fact that I have enjoyed this author's works in the past, I slogged through all the way to the final pages, optimistic that it was going to get better. No such luck. I would recommend any of her books prior to this, but in good conscience I cannot encourage anyone else to throw away the time that can never be recaptured on this book.

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Cathy424
Feb 26, 2019

Infectious read - but the writing, dialogue, editing fell apart about 1/3 way through. It was sort of like eating a whole bag of candy - terrific at the beginning but by the end you’re barely enjoying it even though you can’t stop. Great plot concept but a number of holes in logic. The epilogue scene with piano was overwrought. Not everything has to be great literature — All in all a pleasant enough distraction from my humdrum routine life!

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MarilynPitts
Feb 24, 2019

This was my first read of a Karin Slaughter novel. OMG! What an outstanding writer and fascinating story. It was so good that I did some late-into-the-morning reading -- a compliment to the author, for sure.

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