23 Jan 2021

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Book Review / Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Andrea Oliver's mother, Laura, is the perfect small-town mum. Laura lives a quiet but happy life in sleepy beachside Belle Isle. She's a pillar of the community: a speech therapist, business owner and everybody's friend. And she's never kept a secret from anyone. Or so Andrea thinks.

When Andrea is caught in a random violent attack at a shopping mall, Laura intervenes and acts in a way that is unrecognisable to her daughter. It's like Laura is a completely different person - and that's because she was. Thirty years ago. Before Andrea. Before Belle Isle.

Laura is hailed as a hero for her actions at the mall but 24 hours later she is in hospital, shot by an intruder, who's spent decades trying to track her down.

What is Andrea's mother trying to hide? As elements of the past return and put them both in danger, Andrea is left to piece together Laura's former identity and discover the truth - for better or worse - about her mother. Is the gentle, loving woman who raised her also a violent killer?


Published:     21st August 2018
Publisher:  William Morrow
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Owned




I have been meaning to pick up a novel written by this author for so long now and has been highly recommended to me.  I don't know what it is but maybe it is the time of year (Winter) or just a particular reading phase I am in at the moment but I am loving thrillers.  

We follow mainly Laura as she discovers there is more to her mother than meets the eye.  A random violent event in a shopping mall shows a different side to her mother and makes her question what she is hiding.  As the story unfolds we see Laura discover those secrets and how she deals with the new knowledge she has learned.

I loved this story.  It was fast paced and certainly kept me on my toes!   There were so many twists and turns that I just could not put this down. 

Would highly recommend and I will certainly be picking up more by this author.