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 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?
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.
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. . . (From Goodreads)
Thank you William Morrow Books #Partner and TLC Book Tours for gifting me a finished copy, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars.
I love Karin Slaughter, “Pretty Girls”, and “The Good Daughter” are two of my favorite books, So when I saw this coming out, I knew I had to have it, thankfully I was able to get a review copy. This was a pretty decent sized book, I was slightly intimidated by the size of it. I was hoping to open the book, and fall in love and be able to breeze through the almost 500 pages. Unfortunately for me, that did not happen. While I enjoyed this one, it doesn’t do the same for me that the other two books I mentioned did.
This is also a difficult review to write, because parts that I wasn’t a fan of, are parts that would be spoilers if I discussed them with you guys. I try not to compare the same authors books against each other, but this book just felt so different from her other ones. It wasn’t as intense, and it wasn’t as graphic, which is great for some readers. I do love an intense, heavy book, I find them to be truly absorbing. I really did enjoy this one, and I appreciated the story that was being told, and I really, loved Laura, and her past. It took this book from an okay read, to a great read! It took me to around 300 pages to get truly wrapped up in the plot, and to finally see which direction it was heading. I love Slaughters creativity when it comes to her plots, and her characters, each book I’ve read is something fresh, and new. I also like her strategically placed plot twists. So major kudos’ to her for that.
While it was definitely not my favorite book, I still enjoyed reading it. For those who have always wanted to read a Karin Slaughter book, I would suggest this one. It’s less graphic, and less twisted than her other ones. So if you’ve wanted to read one, but were too scared, pick this one up. It will give you great insight to Karin’s incredible writing talents. I love the dark, graphic, gruesome stories she tells! She really is the master at writing thrillers, And I am super excited to meet her tomorrow night!!!