Today is the day! I have finally read my first Karin Slaughter novel, and I can finally share my thoughts with you!
I received an early copy of Pieces of Her from the publisher. This unbiased review is my thank you to Harper Collins and the author.
Title: Pieces of Her
Author: Karin Slaughter
Date of publication: August 9th 2018
Publisher: Harper Collins
Number of pages: 480
Andrea Oliver is celebrating her birthday over lunch with her mother, Laura, when they ﬁnd themselves in the middle of a deadly shooting. Terriﬁed, Andy is frozen. But Laura – calm, cool and collected – jumps into action and stops the killer in his tracks. No one can understand how a quiet, middle-aged speech pathologist could possibly have the knowledge or ability to stop a shooter on the rampage. The fall out and widespread media coverage quickly unravels the carefully curated life Laura has built for herself and her daughter. And Andy discovers that the person who she thought she knew best in the world is a total stranger. The bigger problem though is that someone wants them both dead. As two intersecting timelines – 1986 and the present – gradually converge, Pieces of Her begs the question: can you ever truly escape your past?
I’ll admit it now, days passed between the moment I agreed to take part in this tour and the day I picked the book to read it. For this, I am glad. I relied on the title, the author’s name, and my intuition, not remembering the blurb at all. I entered a dark room, and when I got out, I was not the same person!
There is so much to say and so little I wish for you to know before you experience Pieces of her that I have no idea what to write. This is going to be messy, vague, raw, but at least you can be sure you get the honest view of someone who wonders why on earth she did not read anything from Karin Slaughter sooner!!!
Andrea. Andy. A person, a woman, a daughter. The girl next door. The nice neighbor who sometimes forget to take out the trash on garbage day. Andy has nothing you look for in an action thriller. She is not ready for danger, for blood, for secrets. Yes, her job keeps her close to the police force without actually being part of it. She sits on the bench. It seems she’s been doing this for thirty-one years. In fact, Andy is so clueless at times you’ll want to shake some sense into her. I did! But it’s part of the game…
Then a shooting happens, forcing her suburban mother to show a face Andy didn’t know, and everything falls apart. Literally.
Karin Slaughter’s Pieces of Her is a magnificent and riveting exploration of what makes us who we are, what makes us tick, which hardships make us grow. She doesn’t shy away from putting her characters in situations where you want to scream orders to put them out of danger, she reminds the reader that they have no control over what unfolds between the pages. Numerous times, I wished for Andy to make different choices, to stand up for herself, to muster the courage to help her mother. But what do I know? How would I react? Who am I to judge?
Through past and present, two voices tell a tale of choices (mostly BAD ones!) and their consequences. Don’t think it is an easy ride. I was confused during more than half the novel, wondering where the author was taking me, unable to connect the dots between timelines that seemed to have nothing in common but still tainted each other. I drove me mad. It takes a lot to drive me mad. My kindle never stopped recalculating my reading time as I was going faster and faster, eager for answers to appear, for someone to take my hand and let me know what was going on.
But just as Andy learned, no one was around for this. So, clue after clue, one question after the other, I let doubt wrap me in a tight blanket, I let myself be shaken to the core by a beautifully plotted work of fiction with enough adrenaline to leave me breathless and burning calories from my couch!!!
Mother/daughter bounds are fascinating, and very different in each family. But I could feel the love and the protection of a mother, the need and affection of a daughter, and this broke my heart more than once. Yes, I might be biased when it comes to mommies, but I think this is why Piece of Me had an even stronger grip on me. I just couldn’t let go until things were right again. But what does right mean? Especially when you are running.
Andy doesn’t know what she is running from. Laura knows what is chasing them. Make sure your heart is ready before picking Pieces of Her, or it’ll take a piece of you! This novel is a puzzle in its truest form, you can’t finish it because some parts will always be missing. A torn-up picture and you swear when you realize you don’t have all the faces. A corpse without vital parts. Pieces of Her dissects the past and the present, two lives, love in different uniforms, right, wrong, and everything in between.
You didn’t hate someone unless part of you still loved them.
Highly addictive, beware you’ll always carry Pieces of Her with you, even long after finishing it.
You can buy Pieces of her on Amazon! (but not just there!)
And you can check other bloggers’ thoughts on the different blog tour stops!
Karin Slaughter has sold over 35 million books, making her one of the most popular crime writers today. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestsellers Cop Town and Pretty Girls. Her previous novel, The Good Daughter, was a no.1 Sunday Times bestseller in paperback. She is passionate, no-nonsense, provocative, and is one of suspense ﬁ ction’s most articulate ambassadors. Her Will Trent Series, Grant County Series, and stand-alone novel Cop Town are all in development for ﬁ lm & television. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.