Book review by Dinh.
I was super excited to read Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter.
I am a fan of Karin Slaughter having read The Good Daughter and Pretty Girls, which were excellent! Heads up, you’ll be in for a great treat so check them out!
Having read some of her books I had high hopes going in. Did the book meet my expectations? I am happy to say that the book did not disappoint!
I enjoyed this book tremendously.
Here’s why you should check it out:
The plot was fantastic.
I loved how the book starts with lots of action. Mom Laura and daughter Andrea (Andy) are at the Rise-N-Dine diner for Andy’s 31st birthday celebration when a gunman comes in and starts shooting up the place.
Laura suddenly turns kick- ass and saves her daughter from the killer. This is capture on video and it goes viral. Now Laura’s secret is out there.
Andy doesn’t know what just happened to her mother and wonders who she is.
The incident at the diner sets off events that almost kills Laura, and Andy on a journey to find out the truth about her mother.
I love Slaughter’s writing style. She has fantastic writing that isn’t overly descriptive and moves the story along with good dialogue.
Pieces of Her had great pace. The beginning of the book just pulled me in and kept me going until the end. I couldn’t put it down!
One of Slaughter’s strength is writing interesting characters, particularly strong women in her books. I loved that both of the main characters strong women.
The story line is cleverly integrated between chapters on Andy and what is happening with her now, and chapters in the 1980s with Jane and Nick. This alternating narrative worked really well and helped to keep the story suspenseful.
I liked some of the themes in this book, particularly the role of motherhood, the exploration of the mother-daughter relationship, and what drives a person to be in a cult.
I loved the awesome female cast. Slaughter does a great job in writing believable flawed characters.
I enjoyed Laura’s story the most. I thought her story was plausible and I could imagine her in her youth. I liked her secret and why she had to hide it from her daughter. She was one kick-ass character.
To be quite honest, I did find Andy annoying at the beginning. She was a bit of a sap and immature at 31 years old. However, she redeemed herself at the end by being strong. I did like that I as read the book my feelings toward her change. She became the strong character that she had inside of her.
I loved the ending. The last third of the book was faster pace and had some twists and turns.
My Final Thoughts
I enjoyed Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter. It was a great paced mystery thriller. I’ll be on the lookout for the Netflix adaptation of this book that’s coming out soon!
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