- Genre: Thriller
- Pages: 480
- Buy: Amazon
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’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; 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 Saturday afternoon 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 will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs 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. . . .
As you know, three weeks is a long time for me to read a book.
I had never read and Karin Slaughter book before, and it’s fair to say that this is not what I expected. I expected a fast-paced thriller with a new twist on every other page. What I got was an in depth character study on what it means to be a woman in an ever-changing world.
Neither of the main characters were easily like-able, but they were incredibly realistic. They both made choices that made me want to strangle them for their idiocy, honestly. They also both broke my heart a couple of times, Laura in particular.
Overall, it’s a good read. Just prepare for a long ride with this one. This is not one of those novels that is long, but feels short because of tight pacing. It is long. It feels long.