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 Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s 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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062883094
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 9,729
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. 57 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tedious - not worthy of your time or money.
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,
Flyover_Dave 17 days ago
First, I'm not trashing the book because I thought it was a Will Trent story; I knew exactly what I was reading before I started. Second, I've read three other books (not of the Trent series) by Karin Slaughter, and I enjoyed them. That said, this book was an extreme disappointment. The main character is a pathetic loser. I understand that makes her "real," and not a cartoonish superwoman, but do you really want to read a lengthy novel about a 31-year-old woman who has no life skills? When the crisis hits and the bad guys show up, you hope she'll find her backbone, but she doesn't. It's surprising she survives through the first hundred pages. I found myself hoping someone would kill her. Okay, that's extreme. But I really wanted to slap her. As one character said, "If I had a dollar for every time you started a sentence without completing it, I wouldn't have to live in Texas anymore." She can't think clearly, let alone get out a full sentence. Speaking of Texas, as another reviewer pointed out, how can you make a mistake as egregious as "the University of Texas at Austin has no football team?" If it were just one awful mistake, I could wince and forgive. But I also kept finding awful writing like this: "He tapped the ashes silently from his cigarette." Silently? Is there any other way to tap the ashes from a cigarette? Would someone please demonstrate a noisy way of doing it? Ms. Slaughter, are you getting paid by the word? Maybe some people love descriptions of furniture, chandeliers, and carpets, but I found myself wanting to skim way too often. Less than halfway through the book I was getting more entertainment from criticizing the characters and the writing than I was from the story. What a lackluster effort from an author who I know can write much better.
GratefulGrandma 11 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 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.
Wicked49 More than 1 year ago
So disappointed, I’ve read most if not all of Karen Slaughters books this was the last one I’ll ever read. What a huge waste of money and time! I’d give it negative stars if ai could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read. Hooked until the very end!
MalkaShayna More than 1 year ago
This book is very different from the past books by the author. In the previous books, the characters were all fascinating, if not a bit odd. However, the main character in this book, Andrea, first appears as a lost, but boring, soul. She studied at SCAD, but before finishing her degree, left for NYC, where she was a total failure, and just trudging from one day to the next, when her mother, Laura, a speech therapist, calls her from their home in Belle Isle, GA, to tell her she has breast cancer, but not to worry and not to come home. Taking it as an excuse to leave, she does return to help and nurse her mother, but then continues to live in the garage apartment behind the house. Meeting at a mall for lunch, her mother tells her that it is time to leave and get on with her life, when they are interrupted by a young man attempting a mass shooting- and stopped by Laura. As filming of the scene goes viral, it exposes Laura, of a past that she had hidden for 30 years. She sends Andrea away, and as she tries to follow her mother's instructions, she learns that nothing she ever knew about her mother was true. Skillfully developed characters, and non stop action, you won't want to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters had depth and the storyline was easy to follow even with the past and present. There were many surprises and could not put the book down. Looking forward her next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not a Will Trent book, as you know from other posts, but it's still the messed up world this author is known for writing. Good read on its own merit, but agree the advertising was not accurate.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Candice_S More than 1 year 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.
tschnitzler More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a very hard time putting this book down.