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Summary

The gripping standalone thriller from number one internationally best-selling author Karin Slaughter, soon to be a Netflix series starring Toni Colette and Bella Heathcote.

She’s the person you think you know best.... But what if you don’t actually know her at all?

Andy Oliver thinks she knows everything about her mother Laura.

Until, in a moment of terrible danger, Laura steps forward into the line of fire.

Now, Andy must embark on a desperate race against time to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past.

Before they both run out of time....

©2018 Karin Slaughter (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Slaughter has outdone herself with Pieces of Her – a novel that sets the standard for psychological thriller writing. Rarely in fiction have the past and the present collided with such force and in such a distinctive and compelling voice." (Jeffery Deaver)

"Amongst the world‘s greatest and finest crime writers." (Yrsa Sigurðardóttir)

"Slaughter judiciously keeps the characterisation of her imperilled protagonists to the fore." (Guardian)

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Wonderful convoluted story

I download this book as soon as it was released without any reviews. However, it was not a risk as Karin Slaughter never disappoints. This book presented with a beautifully written convoluted plot which keeps you hooked. You wonder how the twin timescale plots will come together and be resolved, but they do! Good narration too.

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Not as compelling as usual.....

I'm a huge fan of Karin Slaughter but I struggled to stay connected to this one. I can't quite believe I'm saying this, but I actually got a bit bored. I'm hoping the next one will grab me again.

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Dont Get It

Normally I am a fan of Karin Slaughter's books, but this one defies explanation. I don't understand the plot - its confusing having characters of the same name in both current and historical scenarios. Not sure who is who, half way through the book. Main character in the current scenario is so wet I have no sympathy or compassion for her situation.
Cant be bothered to listen to the rest of the story

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hugely disappointing

I usually like Karen slaughter's books but this was awful. the characters were unlikeable and frankly pathetic and the story was tedious. I eventually gave up listening and skim read the book just to finish it as I could not listen to s minute longer. so disappointed as her books are normally very good.

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Different twist!

I did enjoy listening to the plot, different and a little predictable, but well crafted!

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Another excellent read from Karin slaughter

Her books only continue to get better, can’t recommend her highly enough
Love this author

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Loved it!

Loved this listen! Gripping story had me listening for hours on end just to see what happened next, have listened to other Karin Slaughter books and they don't disappoint

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Excellent twists

Such a long book I did wonder how it would be filled! Answer - great plots, twists and back story. Wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this audiobook it’s an excellent listen.

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amazing!!!

I really enjoyed this story and it's characters, I cannot wait for the next one!!

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weak for this author

meandering, great start, great finish, slow and weak in the middle, too many loose ends.

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"The tops of the Tupperware."

For thirty years, Andrea's life had been an unsatisfactory drift and she'd been relieved to return home from her miserable New York existence to nurse Laura, her mother, through cancer treatment. Then a celebration of her 31st birthday turns to horror when a young gunman shoots two people only to be stopped and killed by her mother. Returning home, Laura tells her she must go, cannot stay even one more night. It was as if she were someone Andy didn't know at all - where had the kind and loving woman gone?

Written in alternating present and past chapters, the full story of her mother's youth is revealed. Descriptions are vivid, the story moves at a steady pace and characters are mostly well developed. And herein lies the problem: both the main protagonist, Andy, and in large part her mother, are such annoyingly silly people it is very hard to relate to them. However, the background story is sufficiently interesting to carry the reader onward, the text well written. But frequent repetition also cluttered the book, as if the reader needed periodic updates on what has gone before,l leaving a book which would have benefited in losing perhaps four or five hours of the sixteen of this book.
Narration is by Kathleen Early, whose pleasant voice is well modulated, with a steady pace but without clear definition of voices of the characters. It was a fine reading rather than an actual performance.

An enjoyable, stand alone mystery thriller perhaps better read in print where repetitious chunks can more easily be skipped.