Karin Slaughter Untitled 2 Paperback – 12 July 2018
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- Paperback : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0008150834
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008150839
- Product Dimensions : 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers (12 July 2018)
- Language: : English
- Customer 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
‘Smart, gripping and packed with enthralling characters, this darkly addictive tale will reel you in from the get-go’ Heat
‘Buckle up for an exhilarating read’ Prima
‘Slaughter skilfully juggles her twin time frames and delivers a taut, complex and unusually thoughtful thriller’ Mail on Sunday Event Magazine
Praise for Karin Slaughter:
‘This is a great writer at the peak of her powers. Karin Slaughter is at her nail-biting, heart-stopping, emotionally-draining best’ Peter James
'Karin Slaughter has – by far – the best name of all of us mystery novelists. More to the point, The Good Daughter is Karin Slaughter’s most ambitious, most emotional, and best novel. So far, anyway' James Patterson
‘Simply the best book you'll read all year. Raw, powerful and utterly gripping – yet written with a tenderness and empathy that will break your heart’ Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of The Help
‘The darkness of the past is very present in this utterly chilling thriller. With heart and skill Karin Slaughter keeps you hooked from the first page until the last’ Camilla Lackberg
‘It’s big, dark, rich, satisfying, and bloody – like a perfectly cooked steak’ Stuart MacBride
‘The best yet’ Lesley Pearse
‘A great read’ Daily Mail
'The best suspense novel of the year' Daily Express
‘Fierce, savagely well-written’ Metro
‘I’d follow her anywhere’ Gillian Flynn
‘One of the boldest thriller writers working today’ Tess Gerritsen
‘Her characters, plot, and pacing are unrivalled’ Michael Connelly
The stunning new thriller from the No. 1 global bestselling author
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Andy is a girl lost whose mother is not what she seems. Her mother is caught up in a shooting at the local mall which causes her exposure and subsequent danger. She sends her daughter off to who knows where and along the way her mother is revealed.
The story shuffles between present day and the eighties where her mother was part of an underground group bent on using violence to bring about change.
There are parts of the book where Karin lays out various philosophies for the group. These drag a bit but provide the background. The ending borders on trite and it depends your point of view whether it is satisfactory. This is a harsh story dealing with damaged people but it is also a pretty active thriller with lots of twists.
Protagonist Andy is a 31 year old loser, living in her mother’s garage. Her mother Laura on the other hand is a super hero type. While recovering from cancer, Laura takes out a spree killer to protect her child. With her bare hands. The killing starts a sequence of events that sends Andy into hiding. Following super mum’s instructions, Andy flees across the country, using a false identity and a stash of mum-supplied cash. As she fumbles along, stuffing things up along the way, Andy wonders who is her mother really?
I’m not sure if the author ever answers this question. Is Laura an abused mother desperate to protect her young? Or a criminal mastermind who has escaped justice? The end is not a cliffhanger but it doesn’t supply all the answers either. The biggest strength is the characters. The contrast between Andy and her mother is harsh at first, then Andy begins to evolve and find herself. Laura evolves too as her secrets are exposed. Best of all is a bad guy who is arrogant and charismatic. He has the same qualities as a top CEO in this realistic depiction of how evil happens.
Oddly there is not much heart. While you feel for Andy and Laura, none of the characters are deeply likeable. But it’s a fascinating read all the same.
This book jumps right into action: Andrea is having lunch with her mother Laura, discussing her life choices, she is 31 years old, still lives with mum, doesn't have much of a career or a personal life) when chaos erupts and her life is forever changed. The first third of the book is very tense, Andrea finds herself on the run and trying to figure out who her mother really is.
Then the time flips to 1986 and Laura's life takes shape. I admit that it really stalled the momentum at first when it went back in time, but eventually those chapters were just as tense as the present day ones. The chapters alternated between 1986 and present day. Laura's life is explained as Andrea discovers more of it on her own.
I wanted to finish this book to find out who and what was really going on and then when I finished it, I wanted to read more. It is a little gruesome in places, but I didn't want it to end. It is a great story of love and hate and secrets. While the characters are not super likeable the story is suspenseful and it proves that no secret ever really remains a secret forever, no matter how hard we try to run from the truth...