Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

March 27, 2014 book review 6

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

Released: June 11, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 419

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.

ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE is one of those books I’ve been dying to read for months, but for whatever reason I just haven’t had a chance to. That all changed last week. I told myself that week was the week I would dive into this creepy world of a girl who has been missing for over a year and has no idea what happened or who she is.

After stumbling out of the woods, a year after going missing, Annaliese’s parents come rescue her and bring her back home. Everyone has a lot of questions, mainly what happened, who kidnapped you, are you okay? Annaliese knows absolutely nothing. She doesn’t even remember her name. The parents are foreign to her, her home is foreign to her, and the expectations put on her are just too much. As piece by piece of her memory starts to come back, Annaliese realizes that she may not be Annaliese at all. Somehow, she may be a completely different person that has taken over Annaliese’s body and life.

I’ve seen a lot of people talk about DNF this book because they couldn’t stomach some of the gory images that flood Annaliese’s memory when she starts to get it back. I could tell by the cover and the description of the book that I was going to be getting some of that, so it really didn’t bother me at all. Just know that before starting, some images may be disturbing. For me, though, all of it made absolute sense. The twisted truth to who Annaliese is, why she went missing for over a year, and what will happen to her in the future only made sense because of her creepy past. I don’t want to give anything away so you’ll just have to trust me. The mystery is *gasp* worthy but makes complete sense. It’s amazing what people are willing to do in exchange for something they’ve always wanted.

This is my first time reading a book with a main character who has lost their memory. The first quarter of the book was really confusing because of this. Annaliese was getting random flashbacks from before but none of it made any sense to me until she started piecing together the puzzle. I had no idea what was going and what happened, but that’s the beauty of a book like this, you’re not supposed to know. Annaliese is just as confused as the reader, making the story all about uncovering the truth together. One of my favorite secondary characters is Dex, Annaliese’s neighbor. He has some strange abilities that make him very understanding of what Annaliese is/has been going through. When you’ve lost all your memory and are starting to find out things about yourself that are less than stellar, it’s super important to have someone there for you no matter what. Dex is that person for Annaliese. No matter what she throws at him, he listens, never judges, and is determined to help her out. I absolutely loved that.

As the novel and plot progress, the stakes and consequences of Annaliese’s past become more dire and life changing. Even though you finally learn how she got here today, you want things to work out in the end. You go through such a trying time in her life that you come to appreciate her and want only the best. As the plot thickens toward the end, you’ll be on the edge of your seat flying through page after page to find out what happens. While somewhat confusing and haphazard at the beginning, ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE turned out to be a really enjoyable and thought provoking novel! It’ll leave you thinking about some of the choices in your own life you’ve made and what you’re willing to do for something you want.

4 Thought Clouds


6 Responses to “Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn”

  1. Cait

    Ohhhh my gosh. I think I need to read this. I didn’t know it was THAT much horror. (I like horror…um, that sounds warped, but I just…okay, I’m stopping.) The cover made me think it was just another angst teen romancy-thriller. I need to see if my library has this…

    • Christine P

      hahaha you make me laugh! But yes, this book does have it’s gruesome moments! Nooo, definitely not an angsty teen romance. There is a little budding relationship but it’s totally not the focus of the story, which I loved!

    • Christine P

      Yeah, you definitely have to have the stomach for things like that. I think that’s why so many people had to stop reading. The beginning had its moments.

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