Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
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 the perfect title for this book. This is a book that will keep you on your toes, keep you guessing, and mess with your head. Holy crap, did I ever enjoy it! It has a lot to offer, especially if you are looking for something a little different.
Annaliese has been missing for a year but only remembers the past five days of her life. She doesn’t know who she is, where she came from, or what happened to her. The thing is, Annaliese isn’t exactly Annaliese anymore; she’s someone else but doesn’t know who. What I loved about this is the reader is basically in the same boat as Anna. We are on the ride with her, figuring everything out and putting the puzzle pieces of her life together as she does.
Anna was an interesting character, and I liked how we got to know her as she got to know herself. I loved discovering how the secondary characters fit into her life, and how they all had their own secrets. Dex was the mysterious outcast neighbor that no one wanted Annaliese to be around. I was not expecting his secret to be what it was, but it added a nice little twist. I liked Gwen, her overly talkative best friend. Eric, the creepy little redheaded freak, only gets worse as the story proceeds. Even the parents are hiding something. I really liked the relationship/feelings that developed with Anna and “the parents” and her observations of them.
The supernatural elements were intriguing, especially the big one surrounding Anna. I wasn’t exactly sure which direction it was going to go in for awhile, but even as it became more clear, there were things that kept me guessing. No, you’re not going to get every little detail answered, but that’s part of the beauty of it.
I absolutely love how Another Little Piece is written. The story isn’t perfectly laid out for you, it might take a little extra effort for some people to follow along, but my goodness, it’s worth it. The story is told from Anna’s POV, and incorporates quite a few flashbacks throughout the book as memories surface. When I first started it, my reaction was “wait, what the …?” But it didn’t take long at all to figure out how the author was telling the story, and then it immediately became “oh, hell yeah!” She did a wonderful job with it, especially considering it’s her debut novel.
I have a hard time completely lumping this in the horror genre though, and would label it more as a thrilling supernatural mystery. That’s a genre, right? I don’t consider this to be scary, but some aspects are creepy in a very cool way.
Another Little Piece held my attention the entire time, and won’t be a book I’ll easily forget. I will most definitely be reading any future books by this author.