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Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Have you read Pieces of Her? Apparently lots of people have, because it is or soon will adapted for Netflix. If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. The audiobook is excellent, too.

Pieces of Her

It’s the story of a mother and daughter. The narrative, told from Andrea’s perspective, begins with a brutal attack in a diner. Andrea’s mother Laura saves her life, but then everything begins to unravel, including what Andrea thinks she knows about her mother.

As with all of Slaughter’s books, the plot is full of twists and turns, and the writing is seamless. What I found most compelling about this story, though, was Andrea. I’ve had conversations with several friends who read it about whether or not Andrea is neurotypical. My take was that Andrea is an adult with autism. Her obsession with detail and difficulty with too much input has led to her sheltered life: she lives in an apartment over her mother’s garage; her parents still give her simple, direct commands as if she were much younger than she is; she takes all the input from her environment in a very straightforward manner. She was the most interesting part of this story to me, though how she puts the pieces together kept me turning pages when I should have been asleep.

Have you read it? It’s been months since I read it, and I’m still thinking about it. What do you think? Is Andrea neurotypical or not?

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