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Publisher's Summary

The number-one international best-selling author returns with an electrifying novel of devastating secrets and hidden lives that probes the fraught relationship between daughters and mothers and the lengths we go to protect those we love.

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 Laura has spent nearly her whole life in the small beach town of Belle Isle, Georgia; she knows Laura's never wanted anything more than to lead a quiet, normal life in this conventional community; she knows Laura's a kind and beloved speech pathologist who helps others; she knows Laura's never kept a secret in her life. Andrea knows that Laura is everything she isn't - confident, settled, sure of herself. Feeling listless, with no direction, Andrea, unlike Laura, struggles to find her way.

But Andrea's certainty is upended when a visit to the mall is shattered by an act of horrifying violence that reveals a completely different side of Laura - a cool woman who calmly faces down a murderer. It turns out that before Andrea's mother was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly 30 years she's been hiding from the woman she once was, 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 assailant was a mentally troubled, teenaged scion of Georgia law enforcement royalty, and now the police want answers about what really happened in those terrifying moments at the mall. Though she's being scrutinized at every level of the criminal justice system and her innocence is on the line, Laura refuses to speak to anyone, including her own daughter. She pushes Andrea away, insisting it's time for her to stand alone and make a life for herself. To save her mother, Andrea embarks on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother's past. Andrea knows that if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for her mother...or her.

Filled with intriguing turns, surprising revelations, and a compelling cast of characters, Pieces of Her is Slaughter's most electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful novel yet.

©2018 Karin Slaughter (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Once listeners start Karin Slaughter's new mystery, stopping won't be an option. From the first words, Kathleen Early's narration snares us in a labyrinthine web of lies, deceits, betrayals, and truths that span decades.... Slaughter's clever plotting and Early's high-voltage performance will keep listeners glued to their listening devices." (AudioFile)

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OUTSTANDING BOOK!!

This is a fabulous book! If you've read the publisher's summary you're half way there. Andrea (Andy) and her mother (Laura) are out in an upscale mall eating when a young man comes in shooting. After killing two and injuring another he turns his weapon on Andy. Laura steps in and disarms the man and then with no thought to her own safety and injured, she kills him.
This book is written very different than Slaughter's other books. It is told from two different timeframes and it's not clear to begin with but eventually becomes clear who is common to both. And Why.
It's when the two timelines finally come together that this book really takes off.
The character of Andy goes through a metamorphosis from beginning to end. When the story begins Andy is unambitious, never finished college or really chased a dream. By the middle of the book, well you begin to see a new person emerging.
Laura is the protective mother who will go to any length to keep her child safe.
The characters are so very well fleshed out. They are believable down to the smallest detail of their lives.
Kathleen Early does an outstanding job narrating. This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
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152 of 156 people found this review helpful

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The best yet!! Karen Slaughter at her best!!

This book was everything I wanted and so much more. I love the storyline it was new, it was refreshing, it was Karen slaughter. Although I found the main character to be a bit annoying but I understood why! I listen to this 16 hour book in one day I couldn't put it down it was captivating is so original. I truly I was so please with this book I honestly just wanna reread all of Karin slaughter work. I can't wait to the next one comes out!

36 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

I've read many of Karin Slaughter's books, and have really enjoyed them all. This one, however, missed its mark with me. Laura (in flashbacks) and Andrea (in present day) were just too unlikable for too much of the book. Spineless, overly dependent, sometimes plain stupid...anyway, it irritated me. Kathleen Early always does an amazing job, and her voice kept me going until the end, which irritated me also. How could mom could still be under Nick's spell after all of his cruelties and abuse? Ick.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Usually a fan, but

I couldnt stand being inside the head of such an immature, clueless person...for so long! ...continuously ruminating about every single decision. Like another reviewer, i wanted to slap her in frustration. Very disappointed on this one and had to return it.

39 of 43 people found this review helpful

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This was bad.

Several times I wanted to just throw this book out. But, I trudged through until the very end. Andy was so aimless, lazy and just stupid I had a hard time believing any human could reach age 31 and be that useless. Laura, who had raised this useless person had to have been the worst mother ever!
Even at the end I was still disgusted by Laura's self centered disregard for other people's lives.
Very disappointed with this book. I can't believe Karen Slaughter could write such tripe.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

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Horrible!

I don’t usually write reviews but this book was terrible. I wanted to like it. It has past and present stories going on and is terribly boring and drags on and on! Narrator is good, story...boring!

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Very disappointed, tedious, predictable

I’ve loved every book Karen Slaughter has written until this one. A tedious, drawn out story about a weak, indecisive daughter and her psychologically damaged mother.
Couldn’t wait for it to end.

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It was just okay...

I usually love Karin Slaughter books. The main character in this was so frustratingly indecisive I wanted to slap her. The story was a little predictable and honestly not that interesting. I finished out of obligation more than anything.

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Great plot...but tired of constantly sobbing female characters

This is a good book. I don’t regret buying it. I love karin slaughter’s writing and have read almost all of her books. My only complaint is the weakness of her female characters. Most of us girls can get through tough situations and tense conversations without “sobbing” “tears pouring down our faces” “vomiting bile” and my least favorite “wailing”.
If you read this book and have a drinking game where any time a female cried, sobbed, wailed, crumpled to the ground in shock, or couldn’t speak for long periods of time from shock...you would need to go to the ER for alcohol poisoning.
I have seen an unfortunate trend lately in books to have the women be weak sobbing creatures who are desperate for a drink and an embrace from pretty much any man. All good thrillers with female leads don’t have to be some broken alcoholic woman like out of Girl on a Train...I’m not a hard core femanist by any means but I hate weakness. Especially weakness with little to no character development. When there are paragraphs upon paragraphs about how Andy can’t even speak....seriously...

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Karen
  • Windsor, US, Canada
  • 08-31-18

Could have been better

The main characters were weak earlier in the story but did improve. both of the leading women frequently seemed to have trouble finishing a thought or speaking up. This technique was very over-used in the story and I found it annoying. I usually like Karen Slaughter's work but not this one as much as others.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful