Book Review: Pieces of Her – Karin Slaughter *****

Andrea knows everything about her mother Laura. They’ve lived in the idyllic seaside town of Belle Isle for most of Andy’s life. She’s seen her mum through breast cancer and divorce and watched her become a much loved speech therapist at the centre of the small community.

Meeting Laura for brunch at the mall takes them both into the path of a lovelorn armed teenager desperate to take revenge on the girl who dumped him. Laura’s heroic attack on the killer to save her daughter is filmed on a mobile phone and goes viral. Life will never be the same again. The life that she escaped thirty years ago threatens to catch up with both Laura and Andy with devastating results.

I’m always a bit nervous when I pick up a Karin Slaughter book that doesn’t feature the enigmatic Will Trent. Over the past decade I’ve loved the stories with him and Sara Linton and there is a certain comfort in falling into the arms of much loved characters and “old friends”. I needn’t have worried on that score though. Andy is a sassy character who really comes into her own as the book goes on. She’s got a heart of gold and loves her family but hasn’t found the life that makes her happy yet. It is a complex story with some pretty dark and disturbing characters.

Slaughter has a marvellous way of writing that makes you feel like you are on the run with Andy, keeping pace with her attempt to escape and helping her to piece together the real woman behind Laura. It is an intense thriller, often violent and a little graphic but that realism is the key to what makes Andy tick. If you’re looking for something a bit more engaging for your holiday read you won’t be disappointed by Pieces of Her.

Supplied by Net Galley and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

UK Publication date: Aug 9 2018. 480 pages.

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