Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 480 pages
Audiobook Length: 16 hours and 5 minutes
First Published: 2018
How well do we really know our mothers? Andrea thought she knew everything about her mother – who lived a quiet life in their small beachside town. Until a trip to the mall erupts in violence and shatters everything Andrea thought she knew. Before she was Laura, her mother was someone else, and, on the run, Andrea must piece together the clues of her mother’s past.
Pieces of Her starts with a bang, immediately grabbing your attention with a stunning opening scene. Andy made an interesting heroine, her constant internal monologue made her realistic, but also drags the pace down. However, I thought the mystery was entertaining and left me pondering what I would do in Andy’s situation.
Mother. Hero. Liar. Killer. How can you tell when all you have is… Pieces of Her
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. . . .
Quotes from Pieces of Her
She had dozens, even hundreds, of friends, but not one single person knew all of the pieces of her.
Men can always reinvent themselves. For women, once you’re a mother, you’re always a mother.
Love doesn’t keep you in a constant state of turmoil. It gives you peace.
When somebody dies, you forget they’re an asshole.
About Karin Slaughter
Karin Slaughter is the author of more than twenty novels, including Pretty Girls, The Good Daughter, Pieces of Her, False Witness, Girl, Forgotten, and the Grant County and Will Trent books. Slaughter is a native of Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta. Visit the author’s website →