Pieces of Her Lib/E Audio CD – Unabridged, 21 August 2018
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- ISBN-10 : 1504780027
- ISBN-13 : 978-1504780025
- Dimensions : 15.49 x 5.08 x 17.78 cm
- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (21 August 2018)
- Language: : English
- Customer Reviews:
Pieces of Her asks the same question many of Slaughter's books ask: what happens to female survivors of male violence? How do we change? Who believes us?...And what happens when the man that hurt you is so powerful that everyone's in his pocket?...It's a fast-paced thriller...[that] has everything: conspiracies! Cults! Coming of age! Mother/daughter bonding!-- "BuzzFeed"
A propulsive, high-stakes thriller rife with intrigue and suspense.-- "USA Today"
A small town, family, secrets, and explosive violence-sounds like Slaughter is still at her best. If you've yet to discover Slaughter, she's a fantastic writer and perfect for fans of dark mystery thrillers and procedurals that explore human nature.-- "BookRiot"
Gripping...As Andy tries to track down the pieces of her mother's past, her curiosity puts others in danger. Readers will be fascinated by Laura's backstory...The plot takes a while to build momentum, but once it does, it speeds to the satisfying payoff. Slaughter reinforces her place at the top of the thriller pack.-- "Publishers Weekly"
It's a compelling story that swept me along, unable to resist and unable to stop reading.-- "Suspense Magazine"
Narrator Early so adroitly depicts Laura's immediate transformation from a warm, supportive parent into a rejecting, icy fortress that the listener joins Andy in asking if we genuinely know those closest to us. Her skill truly shines as the point of view alternates between Andy, Laura of today, and Laura in her own youth...Early shifts seamlessly as each person oscillates from being a victim to the perpetrator of violence.-- "Booklist (audio review)"
Once listeners start Karin Slaughter's new mystery, stopping won't be an option. From the first words, Kathleen Early's narration snares us...Early's deftness at defining characters and her remarkable skill at revealing well-hidden emotions make Andy's discoveries both stunning and satisfying. Slaughter's clever plotting and Early's high-voltage performance will keep listeners glued to their listening devices. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.-- "AudioFile"
Pulse-pounding.-- "Entertainment Weekly"
Readers will be immediately invested in late bloomer Andy's journey to uncover the shocking backstory of her pillar-of-the-community mother, then root for her as she belatedly finds her own place in the world.-- "Library Journal"
Slaughter never abates her trademark intensity, and fans will feel that the story is pumping adrenaline directly into their bloodstreams.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
About the Author
Karin Slaughter is one of the world's most popular and acclaimed storytellers. Published in 120 countries with more than 35 million copies sold across the globe, her eighteen novels include the Grant County and Will Trent books, as well as the Edgar-nominated Cop Town and the instant New York Times bestselling novels Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project-a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, Karin Slaughter lives in Atlanta. Her stand-alone novels The Good Daughter and Cop Town are in development for film and television.
Kathleen Early, a five-time winner of the Earphones Award for audiobook narration, is also a television, film, and stage actress. She studied at the University of Oklahoma, the Oxford School of Drama, and the Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving to New York City, where she understudied on Broadway and toured nationally. Her television credits include recurring roles on Miami Medical and Grey's Anatomy.
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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...