Pieces of Her

Karin Slaughter

Rating: 3 out of 5.

When Andy and her mother, Laura, are caught up in a shooting at a local diner, Laura risks her life to defend her daughter. In the aftermath, Andy tries to reconcile the disturbingly professional manner in which Laura disarmed and killed the gunman with her memories of her mother. When public opinion comes down firmly against Laura, Andy is left questioning whether she ever really knew her mother at all.

The truth of Laura and Andy’s existence is revealed through a confusing and sometimes absurd series of flashbacks to the older woman’s past. The story itself has merit, but the flashbacks frustrated me, as did the main protagonists. It was difficult to empathise with either character, and Andy was particularly weak and annoying.

This could have been a good novel, but the disjointed story-telling and lack of relatable characters drag it down to merely average.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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