As you may know, I’m a huge Karin Slaughter fan so I was excited to receive this ARC from NetGalley. This title was published in July 2018 and is a standalone novel.
The story alternates between 2 time periods – 1986 and present day – and 2points of view. Andy (Andrea) is a thirty something woman who is stuck in a rut. She has settled for things and is living above her mother’s garage. To be honest, she’s not the most likeable of characters.
On a routine trip to the cafe with her mother, Laura, Andy’s life takes a unexpected and very violent turn when a shooter opens fire.
All of a sudden, her mother, an unassuming speech therapist, turns in to someone Andy doesn’t recognise and she is thrown into a complex web of lies and deceit. Laura tells her to go on the run, and despite realising that she doesn’t really know her own mother, Andy blindly follows her instructions.
As the reader is taken on a rollercoaster of emotion between the present day and 1986, pieces of the jigsaw are given bit by bit, building the complete story. It was strangely satisfying watching Andy grow throughout the book, despite the predicament she is thrown in to.
Pieces of Her is a fantastic Psychological crime thriller. I found it to be more subtle than previous books – the line between good and bad wasn’t always clear cut. This just shows the range of Karin Slaughter’s talent. Once again, the book isn’t for the faint hearted. The violence is graphic and at times harrowing, allowing the reader to really step into the shoes of the protagonists.
Slaughter has a knack of making her readers want to stop reading because it is too intense, whilst simultaneously wanting to finish the book in one sitting.