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Publisher's Summary

“It’s Slaughter’s prodigious gifts of characterization that make her stand out among thriller writers.”—Washington Post

From the New York Times bestselling author of PIECES OF HER, comes an electrifying thriller featuring newly minted US Marshal Andrea Oliver as she investigates a cold case with links to her father’s past. 

A small town hides a big secret…

Who killed Emily Vaughn?

A girl with a secret…

Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for the prom. For an athlete, who is smart, pretty and well-liked, this night should be the highlight of her high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, that secret will be silenced forever. 

An unsolved murder…

Forty years later, Emily’s murder remains a mystery. Her tight-knit group of friends closed ranks; her respected, wealthy family retreated inwards; the small town moved on from her grisly attack. But all that’s about to change.

One final chance to uncover a killer…

US Marshal Andrea Oliver arrives in Longbill Beach on her first assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But, in reality, Andrea is there to find justice for Emily. The killer is still out there–and Andrea must discover the truth before she gets silenced, too… 

©2022 Karin Slaughter (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Girl, Forgotten Great Book

This is a cold case with links to Andrea's imprisoned birth father, the psychopath Clayton Morrow, aka Nicholas Harp, who is up for parole in 6 months, she plans to secretly investigate the cold case in which he is a suspect. Her first assignment as a Marshal is to help protect a judge, Esther Vaughn, Emily's mother, who has been receiving credible death threats. Her partner and mentor is the experienced Marshal Leonard 'Catfish' Bible, whose relationship with his boss and wife, Deputy Chief Cecilia Compton provide some much needed comic moments in what is otherwise an extremely dark narrative that takes us back to the past. This includes Emily embarking on a Columbo like investigation of the night of which she has no memory, in which she was given an acid tab and left to handle the devastating life altering repercussions, with no idea of how she got pregnant or by whom.

In the present, Andrea looks into Emily's clique of 'friends', Clay, Blake, Nardo and Ricky, all revoltingly nasty pieces of work. She and Catfish come across a harrowing young woman's suicide on a fava bean farm owned by Wexler, running a cult with female 'volunteers' that resemble walking corpses. This is a compulsive read, loaded with suspense and tension, that had me gripped from beginning to end. The author does a wonderful job in depicting a green and apprehensive Andrea slowly coming to terms with her new role as a US Marshal, ably trained and supported by Catfish with his rules. This crime thriller will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and other crime and mystery readers too.

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  • 07-16-22

loved this sequel to Pieces of her

I loved this sequel; I couldn't wait to finish it and i hope it becomes a sereis. I really enjoy books with dual time periods, and seeing how far things have come and the reality that it is still not far enough. The narration seemed a bit stilted and computerised at times and took me out of the story, especially the word vehicle, not sure if it's intentional for clarity? still loved the book and woul 100% recommend

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  • Christine
  • 09-08-22

Great 2nd installment

Enjoyed this as much as the first one.
Obviously there will be a third one, I will be watching for it!

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  • Kerri
  • 09-08-22

Very good

I love the reader doing this story. I love going backwards and forward to the different years and knowing both sides

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  • Louise
  • 08-27-22

Action packed

This book cleverly weaves a couple of strong plot lines into the one story, tying up loose ends with skill, if with no great surprises.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-22

Couldn’t stop listening…late nights😀

Kept me interested all the way through. Was surprised, never picked it! Fully recommend this book.

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  • Oakily Dokily Sunbury
  • 08-19-22

Excellent sequel to Pieces of Her

I loved this sequel to “Pieces Of Her.”
I couldn’t guess what would happen next. The narration was fantastic. Karen Slaughter keeps getting better and better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

Brilliant as always

Slaughter never fails to deliver a brilliant story. Intriguing from the start, couldn’t stop listening. Narrator also excellent. Thank you!

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  • Kathleen Johnston
  • 08-09-22

Cannot wait for the next book …

I really enjoyed this book and the narrater was excellent. I cannot wait for the next book!

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  • Paullette
  • 07-26-22

Great listen.

Once again a journey that kept me engaged with characters I loved, hated and wanted to scream at.

Did the ending leave am opening for a book 2?