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Karin Slaughter is the No. 1 internationally-bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including the Will Trent and Grant County series and the instant New York Times bestsellers Cop Town, Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. There are more than thirty-five million copies of her books in print around the world. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- Publisher : Aus CoPubs (1 August 2018)
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- ASIN : B079ZQMD51
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- Print length : 656 pages
- Language: : English
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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...