Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter


Rating: ☆☆☆.5
Title: Pieces of Her
Author: Karin Slaughter
Series: Andrea Oliver #1
Genre: Thriller
Audience: Adult
Format: Hardcover
Length: 476 pages
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Source: Publisher
Content Warnings: drug abuse, toxic relationship, gun violence, medical trauma, torture, violence, death, domestic abuse, cancer, rape


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 Cooper 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. . . .


In true Karin Slaughter fashion, Pieces of Her takes a shocking and dramatic turn toward the unimaginably horrible by the end of chapter one when Andrea and her mother Laura witness a shooting at a mall restaurant. Laura’s reaction does not seem to match her background, and after another act of violence, Andrea flees town as she tries to put together the pieces of her mother’s past.

Andrea was frustratingly meek and naive for a 31-year-old (although I can’t say I would’ve reacted any differently in that situation). The pace slowed a bit in the middle, and the flashbacks to Laura’s involvement with cult activity and conspiracies could be far-fetched.

Still, I couldn’t put the book down, and the ending was downright chilling. KS books are known for graphic violence and triggering content, and this book is no exception. I’m excited to watch the new Netflix adaptation of this book! And while it reads like a standalone, a sequel following Andrea in a new career is set to release this summer.

Thank you to the publisher for a gifted copy.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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