Book Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

pieces of herAuthor: Karin Slaughter

Print Length: 480 pages

Publisher: William Morrow (August 21, 2018)

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 0062430297

Buy it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Source: I borrowed this book from the local library


The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

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. . . .

My Thoughts

I initially requested this book from my library some time ago. At the time I was 53rd in line to read Pieces of Her. After waiting for what seemed like forever, I have to say it was well worth the wait!

I loved this book! It had me hooked from the beginning until the very last sentence. Pieces of Her toggles back and forth between Andy’s point of view (present tense) and a group of young adults (past tense) that were taking the idea of changing the world, into their own hands no matter the risk to themselves or anyone else.  It was an intense ride with Laura and Andy and how they got to where they are, the trials and tribulations along the way.

This is the type of book that I will go out and buy, even though I have already read it.  Pieces of Her is the type of book that I want in my collection of books to read and reread again. I am officially a HUGE Karin Slaughter fan.

If you haven’t read this book and love crime thrillers,  go and buy it!


“When somebody dies, you forget they’re an asshole.”



About the Author

Karin Slaughter Author ImageKarin Slaughter is one of the world’s most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her nineteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated COP TOWN and the instant NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novels PRETTY GIRLS, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and PIECES OF HER. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels PIECES OF HER, THE GOOD DAUGHTER, and COP TOWN are in development for film and television.

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