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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>The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with an electrifying novel of devastating secrets and hidden lives that probes the fraught relationship between daughters and mothers and the lengths we go to protect those we love.</p> <p> What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? </p> <p>Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows Laura has spent nearly her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle, Georgia; she knows Laura's never wanted anything more than to lead a quiet, normal life in this conventional community; she knows Laura's a kind and beloved speech pathologist who helps others; she knows Laura's never kept a secret in her life. Andrea knows that Laura is everything she isn't-confident, settled, sure of herself. Feeling listless, with no direction, Andrea, unlike Laura, struggles to find her way.</p> <p>But Andrea's certainty is upended when a visit to the mall is shattered by an act of horrifying violence that reveals a completely different side of Laura-a cool woman who calmly faces down a murderer. It turns out that before Andrea's mother was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she's been hiding from the woman she once was, 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 assailant was a mentally troubled, teenaged scion of Georgia law enforcement royalty, and now the police want answers about what really happened in those terrifying moments at the mall. Though she's being scrutinized at every level of the criminal justice system and her innocence is on the line, Laura refuses to speak to anyone, including her own daughter. She pushes Andrea away, insisting it's time for her to stand alone and make a life for herself.</p> <p>To save her mother, Andrea embarks on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother's past. Andrea knows that if she can't uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for her mother ... or her.</p> <p>Filled with intriguing turns, surprising revelations, and a compelling cast of characters, Pieces of Her is Slaughter's most electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful novel yet.</p>
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