Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Talk: ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Annaliese has been returned home after her disappearance a year earlier. The last time anyone saw her she had wandered into the back yard of a high school party shortly after losing her virginity. Covered in blood and screaming, her last moments were caught on videotape.... then she was gone.

Her return brings questions with answers she doesn't have. She has no memory of the past year, and can't explain how she ended up hundreds of miles away from home. Only too happy to have their daughter returned to them, her parents don't push for answers. Annaliese knows she should be glad to be home. She should be responding to these adults who clearly love and care for her. But she won't allow herself to be lulled into the escape of avoiding her convictions. The DNA might be right, but somehow, she knows she is not the real Annaliese Gordon.

Annaliese's memory slips back to her piece by little piece, revealing images that only reinforce her belief that something has gone terribly wrong. She's haunted by the faces of other missing girls, the image of a bloody razor, and detailed re-living of events she could have never been present at. Now, being threatened by a perfect stranger who claims to know her, Annaliese must piece together who she is and what happened to her in order to break a vicious cycle hungry for a new victim.

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