Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn.
After a particularly horrific scene at a party, Annaliese disappears for a year. When she reappears at home, she is a very different girl. She knows in fact, that she is really a different girl in Annaliese’s body. And she knows she can’t stay in this body.
The mystery quickly becomes multi-faceted, with “another little piece” given to us slowly (agonizingly so.) Flashbacks become really annoying, even if you know the story is supposed to be revealed gradually. Anna wants to learn about her family and the boy at the party, (and the boy next door who “sees” death) but alternately remembers a razor and a mentor who seems a cross between demon and overlord.
With a slow start, the story overtakes your imagination and your knowledge of mythology, becoming a thriller you can’t put down. Unpleasant, yes- vivid to the point of disturbing violence, this is not for the squeamish. Finding a motive for Anna’s choices is difficult and a weak plotline. We understand that Anna is confused at the beginning, but she is not towards the end. However, Quinn ties it all together, letting our hearts slow down a bit.
Some sexual situations and body parts; lots of violence and cussing.
For grades 10 up who are fans of mystery horror