Pieces of Her

Pieces of Her

by Karin Slaughter


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Mother. Hero. Liar. Killer. How can you tell when all you have is...


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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062883094
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 856
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Karin 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, she lives in Atlanta. Her novels Pieces of Her, The Good Daughter, and Cop Town are in development for film and television.

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Pieces of Her (Signed Book) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed. Advertised as a Will Trent novel and it was not. I'd like my money back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shame on you karin slaughter for deceiving your loyal readers that this book was the highly anticipated will trent book. You should give everyone their money back and give us the will trent book as promised for free. This book was the worst. Too many characters and filled with repetitive language to take up space. Again shame on you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel so cheated!! Love the Will Trent series & spent two months anxiously awaitng this release....... NOT THE LATEST WILL TRENT INSTALLNENT AS ADVERTISED,,,,,LOVE Karen Slaughter but,,,,,,we've been straight up lied to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little upset that it was not a Will Trent as advertised, but then just totally got into it. A great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited, waiting for this book to come out. Advertised as the newest Will Trent novel. It is NOT! Really upset and disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The publisher, Harper Collins, Karen Slaughter's manager and Barnes and Noble have done her a tremendous disservice by saying this was a Trent Novel. I had been looking forward to this release for a year! I read chapter after chapter waiting for Will Trent to appear and he never does Had this been billed as a stand alone book i probably would have enjoyed it, but i couldnt enjoy the plot while windering whem Will Trent would appear. I didnt finish the book Karen Slaughter should find another publisher and fire her agent and manager
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story not up to Slaughter's usual standards. Very predictable, and in a real witness protection situation the family would have been moved in the first chapter so the story never would have happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am quite disappointed. I read most of her novels but could not go beyond 1/3 of the book and I called it quits. It's confusing and over the top.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What the hay HarperCollons? You advertise this as a Will Trent book but by Chapter 7 when no Will Trent appears it's obvious you have lied to devoted readers of Karin Slaughter. For what reason? Oh right...to make money. I think you should reimburse every dime spent purchading this book or give us the next true Will Trent book free. Sadly it's a good book and would have still been purchased by KS fans. Just your advertsing deception has put a bad taste in my mouth and I'll be leery about purchading another KS book that is advertised as a Will Trent series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Karin Slaughter’s books, but this book was hard for me to get into. All I kept thinking was how could this 31 year old be so dumb and naive. I wanted to shake Andrea. The story wouldn’t have worked so well if she had been more forceful, I will say. There are many twists and turns. I will look forward to another book by Slaughter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nevertheless, I wasn't disappointed with Karin Slaughter's story or storytelling. It is a terrific read. B and N, get your ad copy together and try to actually provide a service to your Nook customers. Kindles are not that expensive.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this novel and read until 5 am because I could not sleep until I finished. One major gaffe re UT Austin not having their own football team! What?! They have one of the most well endowed football teams in the country, and are ranked by Forbes as being number one in the country as college football's most valuable team in the US. A VERY big oops but still enjoyed the book,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book of the year!!! I could not put it down. Simply fabulous. I recommend anything she writes.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Pieces of Her is the fourth stand-alone novel by popular American author, Karin Slaughter. August 2018: after Laura Oliver’s fearless actions during a shooting in a diner, her daughter Andrea wonders who this cool heroine is, this woman who bears no resemblance at all to the suburban mom who has been her mother for thirty-one years. So begins Karin Slaughter’s latest thriller. This is merely the first of a series of dramatic events that soon has Andy, under instruction from this cold, businesslike stranger, on the run from their Belle Isle home, in the direction of Idaho via a storage unit in Carrollton. With each stop, Andy learns another shocking and utterly incredible fact about her mother. Andy’s narrative alternates with that of Jane Queller: in 1986, Jane’s doubts about the direction of her lover’s activist group solidify when their latest action leaves four dead. The Army of the Changing World is intent on altering the world for the better, and if that demands violent action, then Nicholas Harp, their exciting and charismatic leader, does not demur; perhaps he actually welcomes it? Whenever he is close by, though, Jane is under his spell. A thriller it certainly is, and the action is non-stop: fans expect Slaughter’s work to be exciting, but even the epilogue is far from sedate. The body count escalates courtesy of a variety of weapons: guns, knives, a cast-iron frypan, bombs, fists and a razor blade. There’s kidnapping, forgery, impersonation, fraud, a secret tunnel, car theft, some old Polaroids, false IDs and a very large amount of cash. And in amongst all that, there’s the occasional laugh-out-loud moment. Both protagonists prove to be strong women after initially making poor decisions: Andy’s early flakiness soon condenses into a focus on finding answers, leading her to ignore her mother’s explicit instructions at her peril; Jane’s brutal upbringing makes her an easy target for a psychopath, until she emerges from the fog of charm to see what’s really happening. The psychopath is brilliantly portrayed. Almost as an aside, there’s a scene that comments on society’s changing attitude to misdeeds, how apologies gain accolades, disgrace is short-lived and offenders can still aspire to become the President. With each successive novel, Slaughter sets herself a higher standard; with this one she easily maintains that trend. Another superb page-turner.
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She tells a good tale from start to finish.
GratefulGrandma 8 months ago
Karin Slaughter is one of my go to authors. I have read all her books and loved them. This one is a stand alone book and although it was enjoyable, it was not as good as her series have been. This is the story of Laura and her daughter Andrea. When Laura and Andrea are celebrating Andrea's birthday at a local diner, an armed gunman comes in and starts shooting at the people that Laura and Andrea are eating with. When he thinks Andrea is a cop (she is a 911 dispatcher) he threatens to kill her. Laura steps in, saves her daughter and kills the gunman. Is she a hero or a murderer. As the story progresses, Andrea finds out that her mother is not the person she thought she knew and that both their lives are in danger. I was hooked from the first chapter and wanted to find out what was going on. As the story unfolded, the chapters alternate between 2018 and 1986. It is like reading two different stories and it was quite far into the book when the connection between the two stories is revealed. I had some inkling, but was not completely correct in my thoughts. I didn't like Andy very much. She is supposed to 31, but is very immature, still depends on her parents and is not sure what she wants to do with her life. She makes some really bad decisions and her inner monologues were very irritating. That said, she was in a pretty difficult position. As the story went on, I began to figure out what was going on and was rooting for both Laura and Andy to survive and solve the situation. Pieces of Her explores Andy's search for the truth, as she goes on the run and begins digging into her mother's past. I do enjoy dual timelines and this was not exception, it was a great technique for this story. This story has plenty of mystery and action, as well as examining a mother-daughter relationship. The mystery is who is Laura, and what is she hiding. The action is bouts of violence and mayhem in both timelines. The mother-daughter relationship shows that Laura had a life before becoming a mother, yet has had a very low-key life while raising her daughter, even if she was not completely honest with her. Overall a good Karin Slaughter story, but without the darkness that is often in her stories. I recommend this one to any Karin Slaughter book lovers, as well as those readers who enjoy mystery, intrigue told in a dual-timeline. I listened to this story narrated by Kathleen Early. I very much enjoyed listening to this story. It was well read, with emotion that had me listening intently.
Anonymous 8 months ago
It was a very interesting read.
TheBibliovert 11 months ago
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 in 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! Quote: “When somebody dies, you forget they're an asshole.” 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tedious - not worthy of your time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Karen's best. You can't put this one down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What does Will Trent have to do with this story? Everyone who purchased this book should get the next Will Trent novel for free. The story was good but very disappointed.
myreviewss More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a really great book with an exciting plot.