The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.
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. . . .
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 eighteen 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 and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her standalone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television.
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3 months ago
Very disappointed. Advertised as a Will Trent novel and it was not. I'd like my money back.
3 months 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.
26 days 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.
28 days 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!
29 days 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
6 days 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
12 days 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.
15 days 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.
20 days 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.
21 days 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.
25 days 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.
26 days ago
Not worth the money. Very dissapointing.
27 days 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,
3 months 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.
3 days ago
A page turner. I can’t wait to read more but Karen Slaughter. I enjoyed the story within the story. I read in 2 days, couldn’t put it down.
3 days ago
Disappointing. I'm a big Karin Slaughter fan, but I was sorely disappointed. This was falsely advertised as the next in her Will Trent series, but being a fan, I kept reading despite figuring out 1/3 through that it wasn't the next in her Trent series. The storyline was terrible and difficult to follow. Would like my money back.
5 days ago
Im not sure which book was worse, this book or Cop Town. So disappointed
9 days ago
I think we can all just go ahead and acknowledge Karin Slaughter as the queen of twisting, gripping, what the hell will happen next mysteries. She is an author that NEVER fails me when I need something juicy to dive into. How she consistently writes these dark, wild, compulsively readable books over and over and over is beyond me, but heavens knows I am grateful to be a fan!
Pieces of Her is just completely mind blowing in its complexity and uniqueness. I had only the vaguest idea of what the plot was when I jumped into this one, and as always I found myself on a RIDE. Sometimes I genuinely love when I don’t have a full picture of what I am about to read, because I can’t start guessing on what is going to happen by the end of the second chapter. Especially when it comes to mysteries, I want to be on the edge of my seat from start to end. Karin manages to create that level of suspense every single time, like I know something juicy is coming, but that could be ANYTHING and there is only one way to find out - ignore all my adult responsibilities, cancel plans and stay in, and up all night, to FIND OUT.
Synopsis: Andy believes she knows everything there is to know about her mother, Laura. Until a trip to the local mall explodes into violence and suddenly Andy has no idea what she has just witnessed her mother doing. Her mother who won’t speak to anyone, especially the police, leaving Andy to follow a trail of clues to try to figure out the secrets that Laura never wanted uncovered.
To say that Karin Slaughter is a tremendous author is an understatement - she weaves a complex story within a story, moving from past to present deftly, tying every event together in ways that keep you hooked page after page. The amount of detail that is hidden chapter to chapter is mind boggling, and every twist is devastatingly clever. I could have honestly read an entire book based on Laura’s backstory, with all the exquisite detail of that mayhem. I ADORE that Laura’s character was so wildly complicated, unreliable and surprising. THESE are the women I want to read - characters who are unpredictable.
I am not exaggerating when I say I inhaled this book (like I always do with her work) and I cannot say it enough - if you need mystery that’s got some meat to it, look no further because this is the perfect autumn read for you.
17 days ago
Pieces of Her was a tangled mystery that the reader begins to self-unravel halfway through the book. It's the whys I ended up wanting to know! After finishing the book, I felt it was longer than it needed to be. I did not particularly care for any of the characters here, and Andy was the most irritating to me. Sure, we follow her as she grows and matures throughout the experiences laid out in this story, but following her was painful for me. The book is a good story and worth the read though.
18 days ago
I had a very hard time putting this book down.
18 days ago
The book wasn't bad but I was highly disappointed that it IS NOT the latest in the Will Trent series!!! Why did you lie to us?
19 days ago
It takes you places you can not imagine inside broken relationships and broken people and brings you out the other side. Revealed one tantalizing detail at a time. One of my favorite writers. Never disappoints.
21 days ago
This book was so disappointing that I couldn't bring myself to complete it. This was my first Slaughter book, and unfortunately, it is my last. I expected a realistic story, but I didn't find it to be authentic. In my observation and experience, it doesn’t reflect reality. For example, one of the characters says “Cops protect their own.” Seriously-perpetuating that stereotype?! Have you picked up a newspaper lately? This may have been true years ago, but nowadays, not only the bosses, but often their colleagues also distance themselves and also support prosecution, in those thankfully rare instances when an officer actually does break the law. In my own neighboring county, earlier this year, an officer went on trial, was found guilty and is now going to serve time in prison- and there wasn’t even an actual victim in the case. I didn't hear officers covering things up; rather, I heard the officer's former coworkers expressing anger about the officer's crimes, and how that reflects on law enforcement. Coverups may happen on occasion, but I haven’t seen it in a good while. I am sorry that I bought this book.
22 days ago
Karin Slaughter, this book is not for you! Boring and dull. VERY DISAPPOINTED
24 days ago
Not as good as any previous books. Disappointed. Half thru and trying hard to finish.
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