adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT
adbl_ms_membershipImage_includedwith_altText_B076FLV3HT

1 audiobook of your choice.
Stream or download thousands of included titles.
$14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $27.97

Buy for $27.97

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

The number-one international best-selling 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.

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all? Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows Laura has spent nearly her whole life in the small beach 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.

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 30 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.

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. 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.

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.

©2018 Karin Slaughter (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Once listeners start Karin Slaughter's new mystery, stopping won't be an option. From the first words, Kathleen Early's narration snares us in a labyrinthine web of lies, deceits, betrayals, and truths that span decades.... Slaughter's clever plotting and Early's high-voltage performance will keep listeners glued to their listening devices." (AudioFile)

What listeners say about Pieces of Her

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5,745
  • 4 Stars
    2,631
  • 3 Stars
    1,160
  • 2 Stars
    358
  • 1 Stars
    252
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    6,559
  • 4 Stars
    1,945
  • 3 Stars
    572
  • 2 Stars
    130
  • 1 Stars
    85
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5,113
  • 4 Stars
    2,279
  • 3 Stars
    1,127
  • 2 Stars
    431
  • 1 Stars
    307

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

OUTSTANDING BOOK!!

This is a fabulous book! If you've read the publisher's summary you're half way there. Andrea (Andy) and her mother (Laura) are out in an upscale mall eating when a young man comes in shooting. After killing two and injuring another he turns his weapon on Andy. Laura steps in and disarms the man and then with no thought to her own safety and injured, she kills him.
This book is written very different than Slaughter's other books. It is told from two different timeframes and it's not clear to begin with but eventually becomes clear who is common to both. And Why.
It's when the two timelines finally come together that this book really takes off.
The character of Andy goes through a metamorphosis from beginning to end. When the story begins Andy is unambitious, never finished college or really chased a dream. By the middle of the book, well you begin to see a new person emerging.
Laura is the protective mother who will go to any length to keep her child safe.
The characters are so very well fleshed out. They are believable down to the smallest detail of their lives.
Kathleen Early does an outstanding job narrating. This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS.
If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
Thank You.

500 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

I wanted to like this one...

I have enjoyed a good number of Karin Slaughter books, and expect to again in the future. This one just didn't work for me. The characters didn't really develop reasonably, some just caricatures, and the story wasn't compelling. I'm sure the author had a kernel of a good idea, but it wasn't successful in my opinion. I don't even know why I finished it - long car ride, or I would have abandoned it. When I finally checked out some of the other non-positive reviews I saw similar comments. Still a fan of the author, but not this book.

83 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Death by Listening

I wished I would have stopped listening but I just kept hoping it would get better. The narrator did a good job with what she had to work with. I feel terrible for writing a bad review but I listened to the entire thing and dreaded that it kept droaning. This is the longest it has taken me to listen to a book and I can never get that time back.

81 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Feel’s Like a Ninth Grade English Writing Assignment

I’ve never listened to this author before and I never will again. Her writing seems geared toward young adult readers as opposed to adults. The author continuously uses these trite descriptions that become very tedious after awhile. The main character is supposedly a 31 year old woman who seriously behaves like she has some type of mental incapacity. Her parents treat her like she is 10 years old. Maybe that’s her main problem....controlling, overprotective parents. Her mother is described like this old marm turned black ninja. She’s only 55....the way they describe her, she sounds like she’s 70. I am only a few hours in, so maybe it’s not a fair assessment of the book, but I am honestly dreading continuing on. It’s one of the worst books I’ve ever listened to (or read for that matter). It’s as juvenile as a toddler with a diaper full of poo (these are the kind of descriptions you can look forward to if you read this book).

12 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Horrible!

I don’t usually write reviews but this book was terrible. I wanted to like it. It has past and present stories going on and is terribly boring and drags on and on! Narrator is good, story...boring!

102 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

This was bad.

Several times I wanted to just throw this book out. But, I trudged through until the very end. Andy was so aimless, lazy and just stupid I had a hard time believing any human could reach age 31 and be that useless. Laura, who had raised this useless person had to have been the worst mother ever!
Even at the end I was still disgusted by Laura's self centered disregard for other people's lives.
Very disappointed with this book. I can't believe Karen Slaughter could write such tripe.

98 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Disappointed

I've read many of Karin Slaughter's books, and have really enjoyed them all. This one, however, missed its mark with me. Laura (in flashbacks) and Andrea (in present day) were just too unlikable for too much of the book. Spineless, overly dependent, sometimes plain stupid...anyway, it irritated me. Kathleen Early always does an amazing job, and her voice kept me going until the end, which irritated me also. How could mom could still be under Nick's spell after all of his cruelties and abuse? Ick.

69 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

Usually a fan, but

I couldnt stand being inside the head of such an immature, clueless person...for so long! ...continuously ruminating about every single decision. Like another reviewer, i wanted to slap her in frustration. Very disappointed on this one and had to return it.

134 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

16 hours wasted

I rarely write reviews but this book aggravated me so much I need to vent. This storyline had some potential but the main characters (mostly the 31-year-old daughter, Andrea) were written to be so stupid, helpless and immature that it ruined the entire book for me. The amount of times Andrea responded with a stuttered, "Uhhhhhhh" grated on my nerves! And the way she either couldn't make a decision, second guessed herself, or always made the wrong decisions when she did actually make them, it made me dislike her intensely before the first hour into the book. A Daily Deal (80% off) purchase has to be really awful for me to return it but I am returning this one. I'd rather have my 16 hours back but, since that's not possible, I at least want my few dollars back. I should've looked at more reviews before purchasing this. That's a lesson learned because the warnings were there. I would not recommend this book to anyone. There have been some books that I didn't like at the beginning but then they redeemed themselves by the end, this was unfortunately not one of those. However, there were many reviews from people who disliked this particular book for the same reasons as me but loved other books by this author so I'd give her another try. Hopefully her other characters aren't as frustrating as in this book.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Excruciatingly Bad

I feel compelled to write this review so no one else wastes their time listening to this terrible book. What could have been a riveting story is ruined by two idiotic, spineless characters. In fact, every time either one of them was in danger, I kept wishing they would get killed so I wouldn’t have to be subjected to their weak and whiny indecisiveness anymore. The character of Andy was particularly annoying. For a police dispatcher she showed a distinct lack of common sense. In every scene when she was asked a tough question she would just stand there like an idiot. Her mother was exactly the same. I guess weakness is hereditary. The narrator was good and tried her best with truly awful material. Bottom line—-skip this book.

8 people found this helpful