Pieces of Her is an intense, adrenaline-fueled thriller involving a mother-daughter relationship and past secrets. The action begins when Laura and her daughter, Andy, are celebrating Andy’s 31st birthday at an upscale restaurant in Georgia and a mass shooter opens fire. Laura, a 55-year old speech therapist with no known military or self-defense training, takes out the shooter, killing him with his own weapon. A video of the incident goes viral, and a shocked Andy suddenly wonders how well she actually knows her mother. The excitement continues, and Andy, a shy and insecure underachiever, soon finds herself on the run, trying to stay alive and slowly piecing together her mother’s past involvement in a terrorist cult. The story alternates between events from Laura’s life 30 years ago and Andy’s present-day challenges, and abusive relationships, corporate greed, social injustice, revenge, and the power of a mother’s love are prominent themes. Expertly written, shocking and addictive, Pieces of Her is highly recommended for readers who enjoy action-packed suspense, twisty thrillers, and underdog female protagonists.
The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.
What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?
Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?
But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.
The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .
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, The Good Daughter, and Pieces of Her. Slaughter is the founder of the Save the Libraries project—a nonprofit organization established to support libraries and library programming. A native of Georgia, she lives in Atlanta.
Praise for Pieces of Her: “[Slaughter’s] talent for writing convincingly flawed yet sympathetic characters is in high relief here...Readers will find themselves totally immersed in the suspenseful, alternating story lines and won’t want either of them to end.”
— Booklist (starred review)
“If you’re into mystery thrillers, then you’re into Karin Slaughter.” — The Skimm
“Enter the world of Karin Slaughter. Just be forewarned, there’s no going back.” — Lisa Gardner
“Breathtaking…. Fiction doesn’t get any better than this.” — Jeffery Deaver, New York Times-bestselling author of Solitude Creek and The Skin Collector
“All of Slaughter’s books... are satisfyingly surprising and plausible, but it’s Slaughter’s prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers…Slaughter’s satirical touches are as deft as her grimmer renditions of real life.” — Washington Post
“A propulsive, high-stakes thriller rife with intrigue and suspense.” — USA Today on Pieces of Her
“The ever-popular crime novelist is back with another pulse-pounding standalone, this one considering the twisted relationship between a mother and a daughter after the latter realizes she may not know the woman who gave birth to her at all.” — Entertainment Weekly on Pieces of Her, “20 New Books to Read in August”
“Simply one of the best thriller writers working today. I’d follow her anywhere.” — Gillian Flynn
“It’s a compelling story that swept me along, unable to resist and unable to stop reading.” — Suspense Magazine on Pieces of Her
“With an intrigue and suspense-filled plot, Slaughter’s well-crafted, tense, and exhilarating story will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” — Library Journal on Pieces of Her
“Karin Slaughter has – by far – the best name of all of us mystery novelists. More to the point, The Good Daughter is Karin Slaughter’s most ambitious, most emotional, and best novel. So far, anyway.” — James Patterson on The Good Daughter
“This is a great writer at the peak of her powers. Karin Slaughter is at her nail biting, heart stopping, emotionally draining best.” — Peter James on The Good Daughter
“A stunning family tragedy and a hold-your-breath pedal-to-the-metal thriller magically blended by Karin Slaughter’s trademark passion, intensity, and humanity. Certain to be a book of the year.” — Lee Child on Pretty Girls
“Searing, searching, soulful: a major achievement from a writer of extraordinary talents. Every Karin Slaughter novel is a cause for celebration—but simply put, Pretty Girls is the finest novel of her career.” — Kathy Reichs, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Speaking in Bones, on Pretty Girls
“A hell-raising thriller . . . a genuinely exciting narrative driven by strong-willed female characters who can?t wait around until the boys shake the lead out of their shoes.” — New York Times Book Reviewon Pretty Girls
“But the success of writers like Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins and Karin Slaughter isn’t just due to the fact that they’re women... It’s about writers comprehending why women are so compelled by stories about brutal, graphic violence in the first place.” — The Atlantic
“It’s a top-notch story that will keep the reader engrossed from start to finish. Karin Slaughter is a fabulous writer and one thing I love with her books is she has a way of creating characters that you care about.” — Freshfiction.com