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review 2018-09-08 11:25
Pieces of Her
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter

by Karin Slaughter


This started out sounding like something you would find under 'Womens Fiction' and I wondered if I had made a mistake. Andrea had chased her glamorous dreams to New York City and failed, winding up waiting tables. When her mother telephoned her with disturbing news, she leaves New York without looking back to go home to small town Georgia and help her mother through a fight with breast cancer.


After taking a job fielding 911 calls for the emergency services, her life looks very ordinary and at a dead end. However, when a crisis situation arises, some real drama enters the story and by the end of the first chapter, Andrea finds out there are aspects of her mother that she's never known and the story becomes very interesting indeed!


This is a Mystery story. I didn't like Andrea because she just freezes up in situations when a stronger person would react and she makes some seriously stupid decisions, like just kill her now and put her out of all of our misery stupid. The other female characters were also either pathetic or psychotic, yet for the most part it worked in the story. Paula got on my nerves pretty quick, not least of all because she reminds me of someone I met once, and Jane was too much like Andrea. To be fair, the male characters were mostly unpleasant as well, apart from Gordon, her step-father.


All this adds up to a pretty twisted situation that begins to get explained about a third through. There's a time flashback that takes us out of Andrea's story and gives us the background behind her mother's actions. Then it moves forward again to resolve the situation she manages to get herself into.


The characters do develop and the reason they had to be so weak becomes essential to the plot, so they're forgiven. I actually enjoyed the story quite a lot, despite the weaknesses in the main characters. I would read something else by this author.


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text 2018-09-01 13:36
Bingo begins!
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter
Trapped in Room 217 - Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
No 13 Toroni - Julius Regis
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
SLEEPY HOLLOW: General of the Dead (Jason Crane Book 3) - Richard Gleaves
A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab

I want to read them all at once! But I decided to target my 4th row across to begin with, before chaos takes over.



Amateur Sleuth - Pieces of Her by Karen Slaughter


Ghost Stories - Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe


Genre: Horror - Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden


13 - No. 13 Toroni: A Mystery by Julius Regis


Shifters - The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan


The first 3 are Netgalley books, so Yay! 13 is a short classic mystery, only 70 pages. I think all my other books are in the 300-400 page range but this one is only 70 pages. And Werewolf is in paperback and became my pre-read, so I'm making good progress in it.


I've also changed the status of General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves to currently reading because I just want to get started on it. It's 3rd in a series that I've enjoyed so far and I want to finish. The same applies to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, but I'm going to try not to start it just yet.


I like to read multiple books at once, but I do have limits! I also like to stagger beginning new stories so that I have a chance to get into the flow before I'm beginning a new one again. I have 2 anthologies in my intended reads so those don't count because short stories are absorbed in one sitting usually. I just take notes for the review when I've got through all of them.


So, let the chaos begin!

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text 2018-08-24 20:40
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Pretty Girls - Karin Slaughter

Sometimes Karin Slaughter's work can fall a bit flat for me. Her characters aren't always the most memorable, but I'm enjoying this one. I just realised it's over 600 pages, though, and I'm a slow reader going by my fellow booklikers. I just have one request, please don't start bingo early, Moonlight Madness (sorry BT!). I want to get this finished first.

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review 2018-08-21 11:35
Very good thriller - enjoyable and action-packed
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter



This is the second Karin Slaughter book that I've read and, although I enjoyed it, I probably preferred The Good Daughter. This novel concerns itself with Laura, a speech therapist, and her daughter, Andrea, who suddenly find themselves embroiled in the death of a killer. There's quite a lot of complications behind what happens next and I shall not reveal those here. The novel is peppered with flashbacks to 31 years previously to explain some of Laura's background and how she has got herself into the present situation. The book also heavily involves the daughter, Andrea and her quest for answers in 2018.


There's a good deal of characterisation with several important characters involved and the plot moves long quite well although I enjoyed the present-day scenario more than the flashbacks. There's also a lot of introspection by all the main female characters, probably more than I needed. As thrillers go, it's very successful and well worth a look.


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text 2018-08-17 16:28
Reading progress update: I've read 123 out of 529 pages.
The Good Daughter - Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter knows how to write a compelling story. It´s gritty and gory and there is so much drama in the life of the main character, it is unreal. But I cannot put this book down, even though I had other plans:




Well, at least I did a little bit of house cleaning today :).



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