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Pieces of Her – Karin Slaughter

Mothers and daughters, violence, identity, family secrets, mystery, detective, police procedural, suspense, fiction.

Rating 7/10

Andrea is at a local diner, having dinner with her mother, and having a long day already. Suddenly a man comes in and shoots at some people that sit in a booth next to hers. The attacker sees Andrea and her mother and tries to shoot them. Laura, Andrea’s mother, tries to come between her daughter and the shooter telling her daughter to run away and for the shooter to shoot at herself. The shooter sees Andrea’s work uniform and begs for Andrea to use her gun, but Andrea is frozen in spot. She watches her calm mother take out the shooter. After that ordeal, her mother gave her instructions to move out and let Laura be alone. Andrea becomes so confused and tries to understand what had gone wrong as well as trying to understand why her mother was skilled in what she did to the shooter. A day later, Andrea sees a hooded man circling around her mother’s house and goes inside. Being extra precautions Andrea follows behind and hopes her mother isn’t home. Unfortunately, her mother was home and the intruder were about to do some serious harm to her mother. Andrea did what she could only do was protect her mother by calling the police and knocking the man out. Her mother tells her to take the makeup bag, gave specific instructions, and run away to never come back until her mother calls her to tell her so. When Andrea comes across the storage unit and sees a past that Laura never told her daughter about. Andrea is left to try to put the pieces of what happened to her mother and the truth of her mother on her own while on the run.

This novel was alright and was decently paced. I never had read anything like this before and I had my doubts that this novel as going to be good. I was a little wrong but the novel like I said before was decent. There was no cliché besides the whole hidden identity, but the author had kept it refreshed and gave the novel some depth. There are timeline switches going from the point of view of Andrea in the modern timeline and her mother’s perspective. That has clear and distinct to the switching perspectives that add onto the storyline to create clarity of the plot. I found this novel to be as good as the reviews this book had. I hope to read more of this author soon once this quarantine is over and social distancing is gone. I miss going to the library.  

Really Loved This Novel!!

The Greek Persuasion – Kimberly K. Robeson

Coming of age, LGBTQ+, women, mothers, grandmothers, romance, Greek mythology, empowerment, self-discovery, Greek islands

Rating 15/10

Thair Mylopoulos-Wright grew up with the preconceived notion that we all have our other half, Plato’s Symposium, Origin of Love. That there were round beings with four legs and four arms, two faces each having a pair of eyes, a mouth, and a nose. These beings were powerful that sought to be in the heavens, and Zeus saw that as a threat so he took a flaming sword to cut them in half, as a reminder and a lesson of what they should have appreciated. After a breakup with her long-term lover, James, she goes to Kythnos, Greece to write about her grandmother’s past as well as her mother’s past also. As Thair questions if there is such a thing as true love, she discusses with her mother about her mother’s lovers and her grandmother as well, and deeply examines herself. Thair goes down the rabbit hole of trying to find her Other Half and then taking a break from finding love to heal herself. To find herself again, she returns to Greece once more. What will Thair find while she is in Greece?

I really loved the usage of Greek mythology and I found myself in love with Thair in more ways than one. Thair’s story makes me wonder about myself and the types of love there are. As I was reading this, I didn’t see this as a typical romance story. It is above and beyond unique and very representative in thoughts of sexuality and partners. Thair does have a lust love but she is looking for romantic unconditional love as well. I really enjoyed reading this novel. Love isn’t something planned, in this case, love happened and happened hard. I highly recommend giving this a read whether one is looking for a novel about Greek mythology or simply pleasure reading for the romance. This book had made me laugh, cry, go ooh and aw. I hope possibly this author can make a sequel. It deserves a sequel for sure in my opinion.