ARC Book Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
ashley | I’m not going to lie, when I saw Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter coming up on my to-read list, I kind of wanted to skip ahead and toss all the other books aside so I could read it. I have never not enjoyed a book by Slaughter and I much prefer her standalone stories.
I was concerned when I first picked this up; I thought the description was a bit too cliche and transparent. A girl finds out her mom isn’t who she said she was… dun dun dun. It was a bit too Jason Bourne for me. But I should have given Slaughter more credit; she always finds a way to make everything uniquely hers and uniquely awesome. This was full of twists I didn’t see coming, to the point where I had to just give up on trying to figure out what the big secret was and just enjoy the ride. And I enjoyed the ride. Immensely. It only got better the further I read and the further things got twisted around.
There are some graphic scenes in this. Not over-the top and unnecessary, but the violence is so hard and real that if you’re a bit skirmish, you might want heed this warning. I love it, though. Not the graphic details, but how it makes the reader feel like they are in the room, or at least experiencing the same horror that the characters are witnessing. Slaughter really brings everything to life. It’s not one of her darkest works, though. I’ve read some other books that delve much deeper into the dark world of bad things. But I don’t feel like this pales in comparison, it’s just something a bit different.
This was written in my favourite format, the present and the past telling two different stories that ultimately tie together. At first it wasn’t entirely clear how, and even though you get there pretty quickly, it doesn’t derail the story or the interest in how it all unraveled.
I liked the characters too, for the most part, though I did find Andy (in the present) and Jane (in the past) to be a bit too whiny sometimes, that didn’t mean I didn’t like them or care about their fate. In fact, I really got wrapped up in the characters, specifically those of the past. There’s something I find really intriguing about a group of privileged, rich, white kids who end up getting up to no good. It’s kind of another cliche, but one that I usually find sort of fascinating.
This is a book I can’t say much about without giving things away, but I enjoyed the suspense and the twists and the ultimate ending. I thought it was well written and exactly what I was hoping for, I was not disappointed.
today! august 21, 2018