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Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

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What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; 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 Saturday afternoon 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 will ever find her. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again. Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who's spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs 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.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781460751756
1460751752
9780062430274
0062430270
Characteristics: 469 pages ; 24 cm

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Daughter Andrea (Andy) thought that she knew everything there was to know about her mother, but when her mother Laura kills a shooter at the mall, secrets from the past are unleashed little by little as they are taken back in time to the 1980s.

The daughter of a woman who has wanted nothing more than a quiet life in her small beachside home embarks on a desperate search for answers when she discovers the explosive truth about her mother's true identity.

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Hillsboro_StephanieC Oct 28, 2018

If you think this book is about Andy and not her mother Laura, you're missing the boat. If PIECES OF HER were about Andy, we'd all be disappointed: she's one of the most forgettable, pathetic characters Slaughter has ever given us. But Andy's not really the main character -- she's just a plot dev... Read More »


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tellenhunt
May 11, 2021

Johnny & Iz Harris

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0007548100dmw
Nov 12, 2019

Different from other Slaughter books. Somehat disjointed and difficult to follow. Story finally came together near the end. Enjpyable, if you have the patience.

IndyPL_CarriG Sep 30, 2019

Intense and gripping read! I enjoyed the protagonist and thought Slaughter did a great job showing how a quiet personality can possess strength, and the fear felt by people who have been manipulated by a powerful con artist. Definitely not something you want to start right before going to bed - I had to keep reading to see what happened next.

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Beaulieu8
Sep 23, 2019

Too repetitive, went thru half the book and just couldn't continue.

Overall, I really liked the book because of its interesting plot and story line. It's quite long so it took a while to read but it wasn't repetitive or dragging on like many other books. Something interesting was always happening and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked the ending a lot, and I'm glad there weren't any unanswered questions. Some of the characters were really annoying, especially the main character Andrea. Some of the things she did made it hard for me to keep reading. Another character I won't mention was so annoying and frustrating that I almost didn't want to finish. The end left me wanting more, which not many books do. I'm glad I read the book, but I wish the characters were more likable.

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rchouhdary
Aug 16, 2019

I absolutely loved this book. It got me right off the bat and I didn't want to put it down to go to sleep at night. Really enjoyed it, it was my first book by this author recommended to me by my sister in law but it won't be the last.

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LoveChild60
Jul 20, 2019

I normally enjoy Slaughters work, but this book? I have to agree with the other comments. I usually give a book the 99 page test and if I've not "gotten into" it, then it probably won't happen and I'm done. But for whatever reason, I stayed with this. By the end, part of me was glad I did. The other part is kicking itself hahaha If you want to fall asleep easily at bedtime, THIS book will do it, it did me. Still I stuck with it, thinking maybe she was having a "bad" day-week-month-year. I did finish but it took me a lot longer than my normal. I only gave it I think 3 1/2 stars. I'm taking a break from Slaughter for a bit. Happy Reading!

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SidheWrites
Jul 04, 2019

I recently discovered Karin Slaughter and was excited to find two of her books available at the library. Unfortunately, this one wasn't my cup of tea.

The story goes back and forth between the 1980's and 2018 and, in my opinion, the flashbacks were overwritten, boring, and extremely difficult to get through. The dynamic between Jane and Nick is so overdone and I am, quite frankly, sick to death of reading about characters who are still in love with abusive sociopaths even after they seem to have escaped.

Just once, why can't we see them work through it and then draw strength from it? Why does their weakness and lack of self worth have to be a plot device?

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mynovelesquelife
Jun 22, 2019

RATING: 3.5 STARS
2018; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada
(Review Not on Blog)

The novel started out with a Slaughter bang, but as the novel unfolded I fund myself disappointed. This one reminded me of The Good Daughter (the other Slaughter book I was a bit disappointed with). After the initial great start the story starts to fall apart and no amount of Slaughter magic could fix it. Did Slaughter get bored of the story, or did the editor? It wasn't just that it felt unfinished in the middle but more like five different ideas were sewed up together. If you have not read a Slaughter novel, please do not start with this one!

***I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

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cscarba
May 24, 2019

I had a very hard time finishing this book. Slow reading. Could have done without about 150 pages.

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