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The electrifying new thriller from international bestseller Karin Slaughter explores the deadly secrets kept between a mother and daughter.
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's knows she's spent her whole life in the small beach-side town of Gull away 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. 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. A side which is a million miles from the quiet, gentle woman who brought her up. And more than that, news coverage of the mall attack puts Laura's face on every TV screen in the country - and leaves her terrified. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura she was someone completely different. For nearly 30 years she's been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her and re-open the wounds left by the terrible events which made it impossible for her ever to go back. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Twenty-four hours later Laura is in hospital, shot by an intruder who's spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother's past. And if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either of them ...
I found the central characters annoying and frustrating ....... very nearly did not finish the book.
Another thriller from Karin Slaughter!
Couldn't put it down! Another gripping story from Karin Slaughter!
No, wouldn't encourage anyone to read this book
I like Karen Slaughter book, but don't know what happened with this one. Slow, with weak women. Three quarters of the book is women crying about their situation. Couldn't stand it.
Another superb page-turner
Pieces of Her is the fourth stand-alone novel by popular American author, Karin Slaughter. August 2018: after Laura Oliver's fearless actions during a shooting in a diner, her daughter Andrea wonders who this cool heroine is, this woman who bears no resemblance at all to the suburban mom who has been her mother for thirty-one years.
So begins Karin Slaughter's latest thriller. This is merely the first of a series of dramatic events that soon has Andy, under instruction from this cold, businesslike stranger, on the run from their Belle Isle home, in the direction of Idaho via a storage unit in Carrollton. With each stop, Andy learns another shocking and utterly incredible fact about her mother.
Andy's narrative alternates with that of Jane Queller: in 1986, Jane's doubts about the direction of her lover's activist group solidify when their latest action leaves four dead. The Army of the Changing World is intent on altering the world for the better, and if that demands violent action, then Nicholas Harp, their exciting and charismatic leader, does not demur; perhaps he actually welcomes it? Whenever he is close by, though, Jane is under his spell.
A thriller it certainly is, and the action is non-stop: fans expect Slaughter's work to be exciting, but even the epilogue is far from sedate. The body count escalates courtesy of a variety of weapons: guns, knives, a cast-iron frypan, bombs, fists and a razor blade. There's kidnapping, forgery, impersonation, fraud, a secret tunnel, car theft, some old Polaroids, false IDs and a very large amount of cash. And in amongst all that, there's the occasional laugh-out-loud moment.
Both protagonists prove to be strong women after initially making poor decisions: Andy's early flakiness soon condenses into a focus on finding answers, leading her to ignore her mother's explicit instructions at her peril; Jane's brutal upbringing makes her an easy target for a psychopath, until she emerges from the fog of charm to see what's rea
Karin Slaughter is the Best! Suspenseful page turner. She outdoes herself with every new book! Loved it from page 1.
Oh buy it... You know you want to!
I'm a huge Karin Slaughter fan, and whether it's a stand alone novel (like this one) or part of a series, you know you're going to get your money's worth. This book is no exception, and I have to say it's one of the best Karin Slaughter's ever written. Yes, you want to slap Andrea Cooper for seeming a little too dimwitted and a bad luck magnet, but her mother clearly makes up for it with blantant unapologetically stubborn behaviour and attitude. It's definitely worth a read, even if you've never picked up a Karin Slaughter book in your life.
Pieces of Her
ISBN: 9781460751756 ISBN-10: 1460751752 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 480 Published: 23rd July 2018 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.59
About the Author
Karin Slaughter grew up in a small south Georgia town and has been writing since she was a child. She is the author of the Grant County series of international bestsellers Blindsighted, Kisscut, A Faint Cold Fear, Indelible, Faithless and Skin Privilege, and the bestselling thriller set in Atlanta, Triptych. She is also the editor of Like a Charm, a collaboration of British and American crime fiction writers. She lives in Atlanta.
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