Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter Review

This was my first Karin Slaughter book and I am not disappointed! I got hooked right in the first chapter and couldn't' stop reading. I just love her writing style and the story was really original. I wasn't expecting nothing of the sort.

The book keeps going back and forth from the past and the present. I did prefer the "Present" chapters, but the "Past" chapters were essential to the story. I really felt a connection with the two main characters Andy and Laura. I do wish Andy was a stronger independent female character, but I think the whole point was to make her develop into that kind of character by the end. 

This book really kept you on your toes up until the very end, and it was action packed. My kind of book! Highly recommend! 

Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me with a physical ARC of this book. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


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. . . .

How well do you know someone?

Andrea Cooper thought she new her mother, Laura, pretty well. She is a well known speech therapist. One day, during lunch, Andrea and her mother's lives are turned upside down. In the midst of action, Andrea, as well as the rest of the world, sees a different side to her mother. Who is this woman? Certainly not the one Andrea has known all her life! From this moment, Andrea realizes that there's more to her mother that what meets the eye.

This story is told in alternative timelines with the chapter's headlines clear so that you knew which time and character you were reading about.

This was my first Karin Slaughter novel and I've heard so many great things about it but it did not exactly meet my expectations. I read a few chapters diagonally. The first half of the book I struggled with but I have to say the other half was better. The last 100 or so pages were the best part. The momentum really picked up and made the book more enjoyable. The past and the present collided and the lies and secrets became known.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, but I found it lacked the edge of your seat I can't put it down feel and was glad to close down the cover on Pieces of Her.

My rating: 3 stars

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