ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: YA Paranormal Mystery
Format: ARC (Received copy for an honest review)
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Recommended Reading: AGE+ 16
(contains some strong language and sexual situations)
Contains No Spoilers
OVERALL THOUGHTS: This non-linear style story, riddled with flashbacks that give the reader just a little piece (hence the name) of this complicated protagonists history was interesting; however confusing and a little convoluted at times. But the story was too engrossing to let that minor annoyance become a fatal flaw. I loved this book. The story was original, the characters were deep and dynamic and even though it didn’t always play well, I loved that this author took a chance and stepped out of the formula.
[note color=”#edcec0″]SYNOPSIS: The spine-tingling horror of Stephen King meets an eerie mystery worthy of Sara Shepard’s Pretty Little Liars series in Kate Karyus Quinn’s haunting debut.
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished.
A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon.
Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese’s fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
THE LOWDOWN: After reading the blurb I was immediately drawn to this story. At first this tale seems to be about a girl with amnesia who was kidnapped and has to find her way back to reality. But as the story unfolds we realize that there is something entirely more sinister at play. That this small town girl searching for herself might not actually have amnesia and may not even be who everyone thinks she is. The first chapter had me slightly confused about what was happening and it took a couple subchapters (yes there are mini chapters within the big ones) to really get into the story, but once I fell, I fell hard. I sat on my couch for an entire day reading this book front to back and wasn’t disappointed.
The protagonist is detached, her narrative never really connecting to the world around her. She was, however, very deep and as the story unfolds she morphs into someone who feels more powerfully than that detached girl who started the journey ever felt she could be. She finds love in every corner of her foreign world and she doesn’t want to let it go. I loved her strength because she wasn’t a whiny teenager who second guesses everyone and everything. Yes, she makes irrational decisions but they are ultimately based on the greater good and I found it refreshing to follow along.
There was also a love story… well several actually. Some were sweet and others obsessive and scary, but I loved them all the same. Nothing was crass and every moment was critical to the story, or it fit perfectly in this off centered story. Nearly every chapter had my heart-rate racing, my emotions reeling and my interest piqued. I found myself yelling and begging for more when I reached the final pages and that is what makes any book worthwhile.
The only thing that had me flustered were the flashbacks, the pieces and chunks of memories that weaved in out of the tale. Some were understandable, but some were so confusing I had to read them more than once. Let me explain without giving anything away. There are several backstories that span nearly 40 years and nearly all of them were from another girls POV. It wasn’t that the stories within the stories were convoluted, it was the losing a sense of “who”. My brain, perhaps, doesn’t work that fast or fastidiously, but I found myself having to really dig deep to figure out the placement of characters in that time and place and it was frustrating. Making a mental timeline can become tasking. Not because I don’t like to think, but it temporarily removed me from the pacing of the story. There was even one passage that had a recollection inside a memory and that one really through me for a loop. But this story was solid that, in the end, it didn’t really matter, because I got it eventually. It came together nicely and the end was extremely satisfying.
FINAL THOUGHTS: A smart, deep, interesting non-linear tale that touched me and resonated far beyond the final pages of this well told story. Read it? Absolutely!
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