PIECES OF HER by KARIN SLAUGHTER

Pieces of Her
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.

Andrea is 31 and her problem isn’t that she has no choice in her future. The problem is there are so many choices she’s stuck. Stuck living over her mother’s garage working as a 911 dispatcher.

But when Andrea and her mother go out for lunch at the mall, things turn ugly fast. A man with a weapon, heads exploding, Andrea cowering and her mother has turned into some kind of suburban ninja! After that nothing makes any sense to her. Mom won’t stay in the hospital and she is adamant that Andrea move out NOW! Not tomorrow, right this minute. Which of course Andrea does not do. Instead she watches as a man breaks in to her mother’s home and Andrea chooses a course of action that sends her on a road where everything she ever knew about her mother is questioned.

Told from her mother’s point of view in the past and Andrea”s in the present, we discover who and what Laura really is. And along the way there are plenty of twists and turns and What the heck?? moments.

Maybe I should be checking out my own mother?!  Well Done!

 

August 21, 2018

THE GOOD DAUGHTER BY KARIN SLAUGHTER

The Good Daughter: A Novel by [Slaughter, Karin]

The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author  a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

There will probably never be a rabbit hole that I won’t follow Karin down. First she is a fellow Georgia girl and second she has a gift for storytelling that leaves you biting your fingernails all the way to the end!

This one is no different. The events 28 years ago have shaped each of the individuals involved in different ways. Even their memories of that night are different and we hear more about them as the story goes from present day to that tragic night.

There are so many plot twists in this book, I was constantly saying, ” Wait..What??” And I would never have seen that ending coming! Coming from small town Georgia myself, I can attest to the fact that your business is every one’s business. And it’s not what you know it’s who you know and who is keeping secrets and what they do with that information.

There is violence against women and children in this book. It is raw and sometimes painful to read. Regardless, I could not put it down once I started it. There is enough of the truth in the story to make it feel real and scary and a whole lot of other emotions.

Thanks again for the wild ride!