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.
Review: Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn is not for the faint of heart. If Pretty Little Liars has you on the edge of your seat, prepare to be gasping for breath with this one.
Kate Karyus Quinn knows how to write a horror novel. What makes horror novels, and horror movies, for the matter, scary? Here’s your answer: the unknown. And Another Little Piece is all about the unknown. When readers enter not just Annaliese’s world but her mind, they enter a mind that has no idea who it is, no idea where it was for the past year, and no idea who it was before it disappeared. Quinn’s structure also adds to the unknown. Whereas chapters usually ground a reader, Quinn fills her chapters with subchapters that jump to different time periods. This jars the reader, making him or her feel just as lost as Annaliese at times.
Forcing the reader to feel what Annaliese feels is particularly important to this novel. Authors usually pull readers into their characters by making their characters relatable. Annaliese is not a relatable character. She is certain that she is not a normal teenager girl. She believes she lives other girls’ lives for three years before she is forced to take another girl’s life in order to survive herself. Many people in the story view Annaliese as crazy, and they might be right to do so, but Quinn keeps her readers from accepting the crazy explanation and moving. She keeps us turning the pages, desperate for more information on exactly who—or what—Annaliese is. And when that information is finally revealed, albeit with not all questions answered, readers will be shocked. This is a book that readers simply cannot predict the ending to.
I do have to include a warning here, though. This book is gruesome. If you don’t want to read about a girl cutting out another girl’s heart in startling detail, then you should probably venture back into the much safer territory of contemporary YA. Although I enjoyed changing it up a bit with Another Little Piece, that’s where I’ll be headed.
Reviewed by: Stephanie