When I got this from NetGalley in exchange for a review, I was so unbelievably excited. Way too excited for a normal person. I **LOVE** Karin Slaughter! Her books are the highlight of my reading calendar.
I knew going in that I would love this book, however, I didn’t realise I would love it this much! It is full of twists and turns, and suspense, and emotion. There’s humour. There’s ‘eh?’ moments. You can’t put it down because something is always just about to happen!
In Pieces of her, we meet Andy: a thirty one year old sponger, living in her mum’s garage, working a job she doesn’t particularly like, and generally not having much direction in life. And then we have her mum Laura, who has survived cancer, got a professional, established career in speech therapy and wants more for her daughter than what she currently has. On Andy’s thirty-first birthday Andy and Laura experience one of the worst things you could in today’s world- a mad man shooting up the restaurant they are having birthday breakfast in. What happens next changes Andy’s perception of her mother forever.
Karin’s writing here is as excellent as usual, she weaves her words so we can get into the mind of the characters right from the start. We know what Andy is feeling when the gunman enters the breakfast diner and wreaks havoc on those innocent people, we can feel the pain Laura is feeling when Andy has to rescue her in her own home. The violence is graphic, the descriptions all to real. It is scary but thrilling and you just want to read a little bit more before sleep. Then a little bit more in your lunch break. When your boss has to remind you that there are still 4 working hours left in your day, you know it’s good.
With The Good Daughter (Karin’s last standalone) I wanted more once I’d finished – in a good way, I really wanted a series from it. I feel the same with this. Karin’s standalone’s are AMAZING, but as a series?? Yes please.😊
I would say this is my favourite read of 2018 so far. It’s heart wrenching and it’s raw.
Oh and Pieces of her is also being developed for television…. just, yeh, that! 😊