The Plot (from Goodreads):
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.
As an avid Karin fan, I read this book years ago before I started reviewing regularly. I watched the corresponding Netflix show the weekend it came out. Recently, I requested a copy of the second book in the Andrea Oliver series, Girl, Forgotten, and was told I’d be receiving a copy very soon! To celebrate, I suggested Pieces of Her for my monthly mini-book-club read with my sisters.
Slaughter is known for her extremely gory thrillers, but this one is quite as grisly as some of her others. Don’t get me wrong, there are still some rough scenes, but compared to her others it’s pretty tame.
Unlike her other thrillers, Pieces of Her starts out as an exploration of a mother-daughter relationship, and how your parents aren’t necessarily the people that you’ve always known them to be. Andrea’s mother had a whole separate life before she was a parent, a life that Andrea knew nothing about.
The story is told in both the past and the present, with two separate storylines that the reader is anxious to figure out the connection between. I enjoyed being able to figure out what was going on alongside Andrea.
I didn’t like Andrea’s POV nearly as much as Jane’s. I found Andrea to be frustratingly helpless at times. She would freeze like a deer in headlights every time she was confronted with anything throughout the story, despite being the main character. Jane was much more interesting to read about!
The Netflix show was pretty similar to the book, minus a few triggering details that weren’t necessary to the storyline. The show made the content slightly more family-friendly, but in doing so took away some of the motivations for certain character’s actions.
I can’t wait to read the second book in the Andrea Oliver series. I’m very interested to see how Andrea’s relationship with her mother progresses from here, and I’m interested to see if she’s a little less helpless in this one.
Edit August 2022: Click here for my review of Girl, Forgotten!
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