Karin Slaughter Í 4 Free eadMy eviews can also be seen at Stars Can you ever truly escape your past Andrea Cooper and her mother Laura are having lunch and celebrating Andrea s thirty first birthday at the Rise n Dine Reduced restaurant at the mall of Belle IsleJust as they are about to finish up their lunchSuddenly it feels like the world explodesPeople are screaming and crying trying to take cover Andrea s mother tackles her to the ground What happens next shocks Andrea to her core When it s over Andrea tries to make sense of what happened Laura Oliver is a uiet middle aged speech pathologist She s been a great mother to Andrea She s not the type of person who keeps secretsBut it turns out Andrea may not have known her mother at all Why is her mother telling her not to speak to the police She wants her to claim she can temember what happened Promise me don t talk to the police Then on top of everything else her mother wants her to move out She wants her to leave that same night She says she needs space Andrea is confused Why is her mother acting so angry and cold towards her Andrea wonders what she did wrong But as she s packing up to leave that evening something else happens that changes everythingand sends Andrea spiraling in a whole new directionAs she tries to figure out just who her mother Double Betrayal really is Andrea learns about herself as well But is she strong enough for what s aheadWill Andrea be able to save her mother And herselfKarin Slaughter excels at storytelling Her novels are known for their heart pounding intensity twists and turns and well developed characters This was an exciting and intenseead tha This was not at all what I expected Instead of the usual clever multilayered plot with deftly drawn characters there s this overdone disconnected extremely unlikely tale that s like an airport thriller than her usual works The main character is tiresome in the extreme and while her mother is much interesting there wasn t enough to either to elicit any eal emotion And the thing with Mike What the hell was that even aboutIt s not just that the author has broken out of her mould I loved her other standalone The Good Daughter but that she s lost what makes her writing so good the dark mystery the complex characters the genuine feeling of the elationships It s not going to stop me eading her books but it s a long way from her bestARC via Netgalley EXCERPT Andy sueezed her eyes shut Immediately the images started scrolling like one of Gordon s vacation slide shows Laura holding up her hand The long blade slicing into her palm Wrenching the knife away Backhanding the blade into the man s neck Blood So much blood ABOUT THIS BOOK What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at allAndrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura She knows she s spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island she knows she s never had any ambition than to live a uiet life as a pillar of the community she knows she s never kept a secret in her lifeBut one day a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely #Different Side To LauraTwenty #side to LauraTwenty hours later Laura is in hospital shot by an intruder who s spent thirty years trying to track her down Now Andrea must go on a desperate journey to follow the breadcrumbs of her mother s past If she can t uncover the secrets hidden there there may be no future for either of themMY THOUGHTS Karin Slaughter includes the following by Emily Dickinson in her book It perfectly describes how I felt on eading Pieces of Her I felt a cleaving in my mind As if my brain had split I tried to match it seam by seam But could not make them fit The thought behind I Karin Slaughter has been a elatively ecent discovery for me I Nomadische Lebenswelten Und Zarische Politik: Der Aufstand In Zentralasien 1916 really enjoyed her dark gritty The Good Daughter especially the way she slowly paints in theelationship and backstory between the two female protagonists It was a nasty powerful The Crimson Thread: A Retelling of Rumpelstiltskin readPieces of Her is another slow paced book about two women this time a mother and her daughter but I found the slowness here extremely dull And the plot seemed a little ludicrous honestly though also tamer than expected Rather than a gritty thriller that concentrated on the family dynamics Slaughter seems to do best we got a strange terrorist backstory that introduced a number of forgettable charactersThe beginning sees Andy and her mother Laura going to lunch for Andy s 31st birthday Laura hasecently come out of intense ounds of chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer while unambitious Andy is struggling to figure out her life plan after a series of failures When a shooter opens fire in the cafe Laura tells him to shoot her next He doesn t and instead Laura uickly and coldly kills him Caught on camera delivering the killing blow without emotion first the police "and then Andy start to ask uestions about Laura s past and who "then Andy start to ask uestions about Laura s past and who eally is After that everything spirals out of control and gets bigger and bigger Andy makes a number of discoveries that offer up uestions than answers Who is Laura What is she hiding Is someone after themThe story leaps between the present and thirty years ago No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History revealing a past of murder scheming and secret identities Unfortunately though I just don t think Pieces of Her contained any of the emotion or urgency I would have expected from this author Theeveals are anticlimactic the plot boring and convoluted and none of the characters made much of an impression on me To be honest I think that s what it eally comes down to the story was unconvincing because my detachment from the characters kept me at a distance Andy s naivete at 31 years old is frustrating and uite annoying at times and I felt like a lot of character development was sacrificed for the sake of throwing in the detailed terrorist backstory I The #1 internationally bestselling author eturns with a new novel in the vein of the New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter a story even electrifying provocative and suspenseful than anything she’s written beforeWhat 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. L still Berlayar di Pamor Badik read Slaughter s future books but this one was definitely miss than hitBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Karin Slaughter gives us a thriller that explores theole of the mother and the mother daughter L. Munatius Plancus relationship Andrea Andy Cooper is an unambitious woman who has largely gone through the motions of living She never completed college and she has barely been engaged in any personalelationships Unhappy in New York she Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality returned home to nurse her mother Laura through the worst of her breast cancer treatment She has no impetus to create an independent life for herself and is secure in the knowledge that she knows Laura inside out a pillar of the community an ordinary woman and everyday mom Whilst in a diner a young shooter Jonah Helsinger blasts away a mother and daughter lining up a frozen and immobile Andy as his next target when Laura steps in front of her telling him to kill her instead What follows next is captured on mobile video footage that goes viral nationwide showing a composed Laura killing Helsinger with his knife whilst suffering serious injuries herself Andy is shell shocked at this picture of her mother as a ninja with the mediaeferring to Laura as a killing machine Who is this woman masuerading as her motherWith unexpected and horrifying events occurring that hint at Laura s clandestine past they bring a whole heap of danger in the present as a disorientated Andrea initially heeds Laura s advice to leave town go to a storage unit and then head to Idaho until it is safe for her to eturn Andy is to make no contact with her or Gordon the black lawyer she considers to be her father However Andy s intense curiosity about Laura has her picking away and peeling away at her mother s past that slowly begins to be evealed through the dual narrative of a younger Laura Andy s foray into the past brings danger to her and others It pushes Andy from a woman who has merely The Pink Pearl reacted to events in her life to a independent person as she is forced to handle a world that has gone crazy on her What Andy does know indisputably about Laura is that she will not let anything happen to her beloved daughter and she will go to any lengths to protect her Will this allow her to accept the pieces of Laura she comes to knowAt first when I hadead this latest offering from Karin Slaughter I was not sure how I felt about it Upon Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe reflection the I thought about it the I liked it The focus on the maternal instinct how far will a mother go for a child is beautifully illustrated here Whilst perhaps far fetched here and there I was willing to let that go for the fascinating creation of Laura and her dramatic past and that of Andy walking on territory that she could never have forseen I think it would be well nigh impossible to say that we know all the pieces of anyone we are close to and true to that adage Andy does not find out everything about her mother An interesting different but nevertheless gripping psychological thriller Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC It seemed like any other day Andy was having lunch at the mall with her mother Laura celebrating Andy s 31st birthday They were briefly interrupted when theelative of a former patient of Laura s stopped by with her daughter to thank Laura for all of her help Then without warning gunfire erupted and the woman and her daughter were shot to deathAs the gunman approached Andy screaming #at her to do her job Laura leapt into action Andy watched her mother move to protect her #her to do her job Laura leapt into action Andy watched her mother move to protect her the gunman and then finish him off coldly as if she were simply a killing machine She knows she is
in shock from the trauma of the events but Andy cannot believe whatshock from the trauma of the events but Andy cannot believe what saw with her own eyes Could her mother eally have done what she saw her doNone
it made sense Her was a fifty five year old speech therapist She played bridge for chrissakes She didn t kill people and smoke cigarettes and ail against the pigsIn the aftermath of the incident and another encounter which endangers her life Laura sends Andy away telling her to flee the small Georgia town Laura has lived in forever Andy doesn t know what to think as she cannot get her mind around what she saw her mother do and the fear that other incidents will follow But than that she can t figure out who her mother Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela really is and what secrets she s been hiding from her for perhaps her entire lifeWhat would you do if you found out your mother wasn t the person you thought she was In Pieces of Her Karin Slaughter shows you that not only what we don t know might put us in danger but makes you wonder how you deal with someone who you nevereally knewI have many friends who have been Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction reading Slaughter s books for a long while but I was wowed by my first experience with her last year aftereading The Good Daughter see my Dying to Be Ill: True Stories of Medical Deception review That bookeally knocked my socks off but this one Not so muchWhile I found the premise of this book interesting it never eally took off for me First of all Andy s character vacillates between near catatonia where she can t answer anyone s uestions or move forward in any way and there are a number of times where she says one or two words and then can t finish her sentences Page after page of that gets old especially when it happens than once One character even as She had always believed vehemently with great conviction that the only way to change the world was to destroy it If you didn t know before you certainly will now I m a Karin Slaughter junkie with a capital J and a slaughtersuad chick a dee with the cat ears to prove it wink It was over a decade ago that I picked up my first Grant County novel and found myself instantly enad with Slaughter s brand of dark My love for the blood and guts splattering her crime lines enmeshed with the thriving emotionality driving the multi facete. ; she knows she’s never wanted anything than to live a uiet 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 weBut 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. D beings present on the page have landed me in perpetual countdown mode tracking the days from one Slaughter fix to my nextA slight departure from her previous work Pieces of Her is an exploration of the mother daughter elationship I think so often we only see our mothers as just that We don t acknowledge who they were before taking on that pivotal ole or even seek it out we compartmentalize them in a way To Andy her mother Laura has always been the confident Organizing Power reliable even keeled woman who s happy living life in a small beach side town After 31 years what would ever make her think anything differentKarin Slaughter who shockingly enough could probably find work as a standup comedian if this whole writing thing hadn t of panned out I finally had the chance to meet her and she was HILARIOUS always delivers an edgy opening It s pretty much guaranteed she ll get the pages good and bloody while simultaneously grabbing your heart and holding it captive as she sets out to unravel the mystery at handA few horrific scenes and a plea from her mother toun puts Andy behind the wheel of an 80 s wagon headed cross country destination unknown Similar to a fledgling pushed out of the nest and forced to make a go of it Andy is unsure of herself Trying to Bipedal, By Pedal: Confidential Mad Libs remain calm while making uick decisions lands her in a few debacles on her uest to find the answer to the very uestion burning a hole in the pages who is Laura It s a few chance meetings disguised as coincidences that offer some uirkiness to the storyline and a longing for Andy to figure her life out to stop just existing To coincidences The timeline flips consistently from Andy s time on theoad to a period in 1986 leaving the Lost Treasure reader to wonder how the two will eventually collide As the page count diminishes it becomes clear this isn t just an exploration of the mother daughterelationship It s also a look at what drives the cult mentality Through her cast of characters Karin Slaughter juxtaposes the mindset of the puppet caught in the web of deceit with the mastermind pulling the strings The innate ability some twisted individuals have to identify the hurt in another and exploit it is mind boggling to me Payback certainly is a bitch though isn t it If ever there was an empowering ending it s this one We ll talk about it in hell Bloody pulp sinew and multiple bodies destined for holes in the ground don t let it scare you away Karin Slaughter s signature gore and violence isn t done simply for shock value It s one tool in her vast arsenal used to plant the Victorian Fashions: A Pictorial Archive, 965 Illustrations reader in that very scene Sure it might be uncomfortable at times but there s no doubt youe going to be living in that exact moment experiencing those Jack and the Beanstalk: Ladybird First Favourite Tales raw emotions Isn t that why we allead So brush off any trepidation you might have and prepare to wash your hands after handling these blood drenched pages Thanks to William Morrow for providing my copy 35 StarsHow well do you know someone Andrea Cooper thought she knew her Mother Laura Her mother is a speech therapist who is a pillar of the community She is liked and known by most people in their town But one day at #lunch their whole lives are turned upside Explosive Hair aising and Fast Paced #their whole lives are turned upside Explosive Hair aising andOf It Made Sense Her
Fast Paced Slaughter is a master at suspenseBe prepared to get goosebumpsI was first introduced to Karin SlaughterPaced Slaughter is a master at suspenseBe prepared to get goosebumpsI was first introduced to Karin Slaughter I Landscapes of the Chinese Soul read her grizzly suspense novel The Good Daughter I was floored Instantly I became a die hard Slaughter fan You can find myeview of The Good Daughter hereThis is my second Landscapes of the Chinese Soul: The Enduring Presence of the Cultural Revolution read by her and this one was even better It was shocking It was thrilling It was just of everything in a terrifyingly good wayAndrea is a devoted daughter to Laura her mother When Lauraeceived a diagnosis of breast cancer Andrea was there to support her every step of the way Eating together in a diner a gunman comes in Andrea is terrified but Laura isn t She eacts in a calm almost placid way Laura effortlessly kills the gunman in a militaristic fashion that suggests Andrea knows absolutely nothing about her mother Besides how well do you eally know anyone This book had me plowing through the pages I couldn t eat sleep or drink without wanting to Media, Mobilization and the Umbrella Movement return to myeading cocoon This novel satiated me in a way that few can Not only was Pieces of Her filled with gripping suspense but it also brought up a lot of discussion worthy topics for book club Karin Slaughter expertly delves into the minds of her characters giving the Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood reader a candid up close and personal look into the protagonist s brain In addition Pieces of Her effortlessly weaves between two different timelines in a techniue that can either be done brilliantly or terribly It was done with ease and adroitness Karin Slaughter also maintains a delicate balance between pulp and an appropriate amount of violence I can t sing enough praise about thisead If you can you should definitely make some time for it Pieces of Her will be Wie ich Brad Pitt entführte ranking among my top ten of 2018 Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter is a 2018 William Morrow publication I love Karin Slaughter s books but I haven t picked one up in a long while I d love to get back to her series Grant County and Will Trent sometime in the near future but for now one of her stand alone books was the best choice for me Unfortunately it looks like I made the wrong decision with this one The story grabbed my attentionight away with an active shooter and the unusually calm and almost professional way Laura handled the situation had me intrigued But as the story progressed that momentum tanked and never Encyclopedia of Management Development Methods recovered I did complete the book but it was aeal chore to do so and I found the conclusion most unsatisfying This is not Slaughter s best work by a long shot I m all for an author trying a different tact I encourage it to be honest and while this one certainly has a different tone 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 againTwenty 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. .