The Resource Pieces of her : a novel, Karin Slaughter

Pieces of her : a novel, Karin Slaughter

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Pieces of her : a novel
Title
Pieces of her
Title remainder
a novel
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Karin Slaughter
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Language
eng
Summary
Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows Laura spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she has never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she's never kept a secret in her life. 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 for nearly thirty years Laura has been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. Now she's been exposed, the police want answers, and Andrea is on a desperate journey following her mother's past. -- adapted from publisher info
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  • /* Starred Review */ Slaughter moves in a new direction with this story of a woman whose past catches up with her. Mousy Laura Cooper lives a quiet life in Georgia with her twentysomething daughter, Andrea. One morning, the women are in a restaurant when a man bursts in and starts shooting. Laura leaps up and kills the man, leaving Andrea (and the whole world, thanks to another diner’s cellphone video) wondering where the hell Laura’s ninja-like skills came from. When Andrea witnesses a stranger threatening Laura in their home the next day, Laura forces Andrea out of town to keep her safe. That backfires as Andrea becomes determined to uncover her mom’s past, which is a doozy of a tale. Slaughter reveals the story bit by bit in chapters that leap from 1986 to the present, leading the reader from Oslo to San Francisco to Texas and back to Georgia. Her talent for writing convincingly flawed yet sympathetic characters is in high relief here, as she juggles the mystery of Laura, past and present. Readers will find themselves totally immersed in the suspenseful, alternating story lines and won’t want either of them to end.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This departure from Slaughter’s more-gruesome stand-alone thrillers and popular series mysteries will more than satisfy her many fans. -- Vnuk, Rebecca (Reviewed 5/1/2018) (Booklist, vol 114, number 17, p31)
  • 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.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 05/28/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 22, p)
  • In Slaughter's forthcoming stand-alone, Andrea Cooper discovers a new side to her mother, Laura, after a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence. Embarking on a desperate journey, she must follow the bread crumbs of her mother's past before time runs out. VERDICT Readers will be immediately invested in late bloomer Andy's journey to uncover the shocking backstory of her pillar-of-the-community mother, then root for her as she belatedly finds her own place in the world. (LJ 6/1/18) --Staff (Reviewed 06/01/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 10, p87)
  • A plain-Jane daughter's 31st birthday celebration explodes into a nightmare within a nightmare in Slaughter's latest stand-alone. Andrea Oliver's always felt inferior to her parents. Her father, Gordon Oliver, is a trusts and estates attorney; her mother, Dr. Laura Oliver, is a speech therapist. Andy herself has never aspired to any career goal higher than serving as an assistant to someone important. Even when she left Belle Isle, Georgia, for the Big Apple, she got nowhere, and she was only too eager to return home when her mother announced three years ago that she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer. As the two women mark Andy's birthday by sharing lunch in a mall cafe, a crazed shooter opens fire on a mother-and-daughter pair who've stopped to greet Laura, and Andy's life changes in an instant. Or rather two instants, the first when the shots ring out and the second when Laura, after inviting the killer to shoot her next, coolly and dispassionately dispatches him. It takes the dazed Andy hours to realize that her mother's not at all who she seems to be, and by the time she's ready to accept the fact that Laura Oliver is a woman with a past, that past is already racing to catch up with both mother and daughter. Cutting back and forth between Andy's harrowing flight to nowhere after Laura pushes her out of her home and a backstory 30 years earlier involving the Army of the Changing World, a cell of amateur terrorists determined to strike a mortal blow against greedy capitalists and, it eventually turns out, each other as well, Slaughter (The Good Daughter, 2017, etc.) never abates her trademark intensity, and fans will feel that the story is pumping adrenalin directly into their bloodstreams. Long before the end, though, the impostures, secret identities, hidden motives, and double-crosses will have piled up past the point of no return, leaving the tale to run on adrenalin alone. Reading anything by Slaughter is like riding a particularly scary amusement park ride. Reading this one is like booking a season ticket on a ride that never lets you off. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2018)
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10685216
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1971-
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Slaughter, Karin
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.L275
LC item number
P54 2018
Literary form
novels
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  • Mothers and daughters
  • Violence
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Family secrets
  • Family secrets
  • Violence
  • Violence
  • Identity (Psychology)
  • Family secrets
  • Mothers and daughters
Target audience
adult
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Pieces of her : a novel, Karin Slaughter
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1021415294
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
470 pages
Isbn
9780062895196
Lccn
2018032169
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1021415294
Label
Pieces of her : a novel, Karin Slaughter
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1021415294
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
470 pages
Isbn
9780062895196
Lccn
2018032169
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1021415294

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