Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
Narrator: Kathleen Early
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on August 21, 2018
Genres: Suspense, Thriller
Length: 16 hours, 5 minutes
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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. . . .
I’ve been on a Karin Slaughter kick and since there aren’t any new Will Trent books, I’m still working my way through her backlist of standalone stories. This one is a bit different. Andrea moved back to her small hometown to take care of her mother with cancer and never left again. She’s in a rut just living her life with no aspirations to do anything more than her dispatch job with the police. Then everything changed when a kid decides to kill his ex-girlfriend and plans on suicide by cop. Laura is the one who stays cool and tries to talk to the kid down and ends up killing him in a very particular way (one that the average person wouldn’t or couldn’t know how to do) and it is posted on YouTube.
I don’t want to go too much into what is going on to prevent spoilers, but let’s say that Andrea doesn’t know her mother as well as she thought. Her mother sends her away to a storage unit in a nowhere town in a different state. Andrea works to try to figure out who her mother actually is.
This is a typical Karin Slaughter story with a ton of twists and turns. She keeps you on your toes and earbuds in because you never know what is going to happen next. I really had a great time learning who Laura is along with Andrea. I will say that this book isn’t as violent as some of her other books, which makes it a great place for someone to start with her, if you’ve never tried her.
There is also a show on Netflix that I watched after finishing the book. It is like everything, not as good as the book. There are some things they changed and I really don’t understand why. I think people who haven’t read the book will enjoy the show more than I did. It wasn’t bad, just not as good as the book (no shocker there). I did enjoy it. I did go in knowing it wasn’t going to be as good as the book, which helps.
Kathleen Early performs this story (she narrates almost all of Slaughter’s books) and does another great job. There’s nothing I can say that I haven’t already said. She does a great job. If you haven’t tried Kathleen Early, I highly recommend checking out one of her performances, even if it isn’t a Slaughter book.
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