Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Pieces of Her

What 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 knows she's spent her whole life in the small town of Gullaway Island; she knows she's never had any more ambition than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life.But one day, a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a...

Details Pieces of Her

TitlePieces of Her
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction

Reviews Pieces of Her

  • Debra
    3.5 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 down. In the face of danger, Laura jumps into action and Andrea (and the rest of the world) gets to see another side of her Mother. Just who is this woman? Certainly not the woman tha...
  • Paromjit
    Karin Slaughter gives us a thriller that explores the role of the mother and the mother-daughter 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 personal relationships. Unhappy in New York, she returned home to nurse her mother, Laura, through the worst of her breast cancer treatment. She has no impetus to create an in...
  • Sandy
    3.5 starsWhen we first meet Laura Oliver & her daughter Andrea, they seem to have a close, dependent relationship. But make no mistake. These are 2 very different women. Laura is an elegant, self assured speech therapist in a small community outside Savannah. Andy is mousy & introverted, working night shift as a police dispatcher. She comes across as paralyzed, incapable of making any decision that would help her climb out of her rut & get a life...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Andy squeezed 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 all?Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She know...
  • Katie B
    I might have had too high of expectations going into this one because I loved the author's previous book, The Good Daughter. There's nothing significantly wrong with this novel, but I also can't help but feel like there's nothing new or different that make the story stand out. Andrea Cooper is basically drifting through life. All hell breaks loose when Andrea is at the mall with her mother, Laura, and a gunman starts shooting. In these moments of...
  • Pauline
    Pieces Of Her by Karin Slaughter was a thriller narrated in two different time lines by a mother and daughter. A violent encounter with a killer in a restaurant has a devastating effect on their relationship and Laura tells her daughter Andrea that she must leave town. The story then goes back in time 32 years to a woman Called Jane who is working with a group of terrorists. Although I enjoyed parts of this book, I found it disjointed and I didn'...
  • Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
    A quiet birthday celebration at a local mall turns deadly in the opening pages of Slaughter's new standalone book, Pieces of Her. A gunman opens fire killing one woman and then turning his sights on a mother, Laura Cooper and her 31 year old daughter, Andrea (Andy). In the middle of the ensuing chaos, Andy watches, paralyzed by fear and shock, as her mother calmly and coldly not only faces down a killer but overcomes him. Like most of us, Andy th...
  • Amy
    4.5/5Most of you already know that I’m a huge fan of Karin Slaughter, I’ve read all of her books and think she’s the queen of crime, one of the best writers around, so every year I’m always very excited to read her latest book. While I wasn’t disappointed with this one it is vastly different from her other books and not at all what I was expecting, so heads up to the #SlaughterSquad!While there were several of the components in this boo...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Another standalone from Karin Slaughter and possibly one of my favourite books of hers so far.A cross between a fast paced page turner and insightful psychological thriller, this was one I read fast, so caught up was I in Andy's story as she tries to put together the pieces of her Mother and discover the truth about her background. We have past and present colliding as Laura saves the day but in doing so exposes herself to some dangerous people. ...
  • KC
    Her mother appeared to have been trained to kill, perhaps a spy or former military, but before that horrifying and dreadful day in the diner, Andrea Cooper believed she had a quintessential upbringing. From that moment on, what she knew of life, of herself, and of her mother, it had all been a fabrication, a deception. The reader is led on a roller coaster ride of suspense, deceit, and intrigue. With the recognized style of the Jason Bourne saga,...
  • Mandy White
    Karin Slaughter has done it again, what an amazing book! I have read and enjoyed many of her books and this stand alone one is fantastic. If you have not read any of Slaughters books before then you really need to rectify that.. get Pieces of Her!!Andrea and her mother Laura live in a small, quiet town. One day they are caught up in a violent attack in a cafe in a local shopping mall. When the gunman starts firing Laura starts to behave ini a way...
  • Emma
    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 more like an airport thriller than her usual works. The main character is tiresome in the extreme and while her mother is much more interesting, there wasn't enough to either to elicit any real emotion. And the thing with Mike? What the hell was that even about?It's n...
  • Judy Collins
    From the internationally bestselling author of crime fiction, Karin Slaughter returns following (2017) The Good Daughter landing on my Top Books of 2017 with her latest —PIECES OF HER, an emotional heart-pounding action thriller featuring dynamic mother/daughter duo. What if everything you thought you knew about your quiet, middle-aged mother was wrong?First, let me begin by saying: "My nerves are fried after reading PIECES OF HER—this is ...
  • Susan
    Andreia (Andy) came home from New York to nurse her mother, Laura, who was suffering from breast cancer. Although her mother wasn’t aware of it, this was no great wrench for Andy, who was, literally, drowning in New York; struggling to pay rent on a shared apartment she hated and with dead end jobs. Now, her mother is recovered, but Andy is still something of a drifter. She has a fairly low paid, undemanding job and is just beginning to come un...
  • Julie Lacey
    This is a stand-alone book and is a clever and complex thriller. Andrea is with her Mum when there is an attack in the mall and her mum's reaction is a massive shock to Andrea. After the attack her Mum tells her to leave and head towards a storage unit, and not come back until she tells her to. Andrea is confused and angry that her mum seems to be pushing her away but begrudgingly follows her instructions. Alongside this story we have flashbacks ...
  • Sue Em
    Karin Slaughter writes tense compelling thrillers, and amazingly she continues to best herself with each of the past several books. When I say this is her best book, that means clear your calendar and read this book.Andrea Cooper is enjoying a pleasant birthday meal out with her mom, Laura. Andrea had come home from NY to nurse her mom through breast cancer and everything is looking up now. But their lunch is violently disrupted by an active shoo...
  • Cisz Strasters
    "Ken je dat zinnetje uit de film, als iemand zegt: "Ik schiet je kop van je romp"? Dat gebeurt dus. Dat gebeurt dus echt." ~ p79.Karin Slaughter doet wederom waar ze goed in is: een thriller schrijven waarbij je als lezer op het puntje van je stoel blijft lezen! Details waarvan het kippevel over je rug kruipt en een plot waar je een puntje aan kunt zuigen. De titel 'Queen of Crime' heeft ze niet voor niets!"Ze begreep inmiddels dat als je iemand ...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    To be reviewed over at Fresh Fiction!
  • Roman Clodia
    Karin Slaughter is one of my go-to authors for smart, emotive and dark thrillers - but this one? Not so much. Something about this whole book just didn't work for me: the writing feels muddied and lacking in clarity; the characters, especially the daughter who is 31-going-on-13, don't really make psychological sense; and the story seems to be driven by in-your-face twists rather than the more carefully planned emotional trajectories of the previo...
  • Nadine
    If you’re looking for a dark and twisted story like Pretty Girls or The Good Daughter, you won’t find that with Pieces of Her. Instead, you’ll find an intricately crafted mystery about what we really know about the people we love most. Despite Pieces of Her not being as dark as some of her previous novels, Slaughter still knows how to deliver a punch with her more violent scenes, character arcs, and intricate storytelling. Pieces of Her fol...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    To start, I should say that I have read at least a dozen Karin Slaughter books. I tend to prefer her at her darkest (PRETTY GIRLS is perhaps my favorite, though COP TOWN is a strong second) and I tend to prefer her standalones rather than her series. With all that said, for me this was about in the middle, though I suspect readers who don't really like Slaughter's extra dark books will rank this one among her best. It'll come down to taste and pr...
  • Cass ☘
    I haven't read too many of Karin Slaughter's novels, but this book will definitely have me reading more of hers. Tagline: What 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. Or so she thinks. Laura leads a quiet suburban life in a small town, as a prominent speech pathologist. Andrea herself though has been in a rut, working in as a 911 dispatcher...
  • Thebooktrail
    Another standalone from Karin Slaughter so although it’s very different from the series, it gives her a chance to explore less criminal issues and more human and Psychological ones.This one gets inside the head of a mother and her daughter. When, following a shooting at a local restaurant, the mother reacts in a way no one expects least of all her daughter, there’s a lot of questions to be asked. Who is this woman? Who is her mother really an...
  • NZLisaM
    Predictable and Long!I’ve been a long time fan of Karin Slaughter, although it’s been a few years since I’ve read one of her books. Having never read a standalone novel of hers, I was excited to delve into ‘Pieces of Her’.Mother-daughter, Laura and Andrea, are enjoying a quiet lunch, when a teenage gunman enters the mall diner, and starts firing. Small-town mum, Laura, not only manages to disarm the killer, but also stabs him in the nec...
  • Juul Van den berg
    Mijn meningIk ben fan van Karin Slaughter. Dat is geen geheim. En ook nu keek ik reikhalzend uit naar het nieuwe boek. En vorige week plofte hij op de deurmat, ik mocht hem vooruit lezen. En natuurlijk heb ik alles wat ik aan het lezen was opzij geschoven, de deurbel ui, telefoon op stil en genieten maar!Maar was het ook genieten? Volgens mij kan Karin geen echt slechte boeken schrijven. Toch vond ik deze helaas wat minder. Zeker na de fantastisc...
  • Alexis
    When I pick up a Karin Slaughter book, I know before I start reading that it's going to be thrilling, and that I'm going to love it.Andy is in her 30's. She tried and failed to make it on her own, and returned to the open arms of her loving mother - lost and deflated. Her mother, Laura, was happy for Andy to stay in the apartment above her garage and take as long as she needed to find her feet.Andy and Laura are in a diner, when a troubled man st...
  • Beth
    I always like Karen Slaughter's novels. Sometimes, though, I love them. And this is one of those times. PIECES OF HER is one of her best.First is the story of Laura and her 31-year-old daughter, Andrea. After Laura is attacked by a stranger wearing a hoodie, Andrea goes on the run. During her travels, she learns more and more about Laura, and the immature Andrea starts acting her age.Every other chapter is another story, 32 years earlier. Mainly,...
  • Steffi
    Nachdem ich von "Pretty Girls" sehr begeistert war und "Ein Teil von ihr" mich sehr interessiert hat, war ich unheimlich gespannt auf das Buch und hatte sehr hohe Erwartungen. Leider konnte das Buch nicht mit diesen Erwartungen mithalten.Von Beginn an hatte ich Schwierigkeiten in die Geschichte reinzukommen, was unter anderem auch an den vielen Personen lag, die man nur schwer einander zuordnen konnte, bei dem doch etwas plötzlichen Beginn. Es g...
  • Ciska Bokhorst
    Zucht.... Het moest een keer gebeuren. Een minder boek van je favoriete auteur.Het zit hem voor mij in het verhaal. Dat sprak me totaal niet aan. Gelukkig is de schrijfstijl wel zoals altijd. En sommige stukken waren echt wel goed maar ik miste de spanning.Hopelijk is haar volgende boek gewoon weer Sara en Will. Die begin ik best te missen...