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Pieces of her : a novel
2018
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Characters
Andrea (Female), Learns her mother has a secret identity;
Genre
Fiction
Mystery
Suspense
Topics
Past lives
Mothers and daughters
Search for truth
Violence
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  Library Journal Review

The latest stand-alone thriller from Edgar Award nominee Slaughter (Cop Town; The Good Daughter) introduces Andrea Cooper, a college grad living in New York City, working three part-time jobs and sitting on a mound of college debt. When her mother, Laura, is diagnosed with breast cancer, Andrea returns to the beach town of Belle Isle to care for her. While visiting a local mall, Andrea and Laura get caught up in a fatal shooting, revealing a side to Laura that Andrea has never before witnessed. Twenty-four hours later, Laura is in the hospital, wounded by an intruder who has spent 30 years trying to track her down. As secrets are uncovered and exposed, Andrea starts to wonder if everything she thought she knew about her life has been a fabrication. VERDICT With an intrigue- and suspense-filled plot, Slaughter's well-crafted, tense, and exhilarating story will keep readers on the edge of their seats. [See Prepub Alert, 1/22/18.]-Joni Gheen, Lady J's Bookish Nook, McConnelsville, OH © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

At the start of this gripping standalone from bestseller Slaughter (The Good Daughter), down-in-the-dumps Andrea "Andy" Oliver and her mother, Laura, a gifted speech therapist, meet for lunch at the Rise-n-Dine in her hometown of Belle Isle, Ga., to celebrate Andy's 31st birthday. When a gunman opens fire in the diner and kills two women, Laura confronts the man and shows remarkable courage in putting an end to his spree. In the ensuing media frenzy, Andy realizes how little she knows about her mother, who turns out to have been involved in some shady activities in the late 1980s, as revealed in flashbacks. As Andy tries to track down the pieces of her mother's past, her curiosity puts others in danger. Readers will be fascinated by Laura's backstory if sometimes frustrated by timid Andy's woes. The plot takes a while to build momentum, but once it does, it speeds to the satisfying payoff. Slaughter reinforces her place at the top of the thriller pack. Author tour. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Assoc. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
<p>COMING TO NETFLIX!</p> <p>Mother. Hero. Liar. Killer. How can you tell when all you have is...</p> <p>PIECES OF HER</p> <p>What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?</p> <p>Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she's spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she's never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she's never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don't we?</p> <p>But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she's been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she's been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.</p> <p>The police want answers and Laura's innocence is on the line, but she won't speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother's past. And if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . .</p>
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