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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Review - Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

She’s the person you think you know best…

But what if you don’t actually know her at all?

Andy Oliver thinks she knows everything about her mother Laura.

Until, in a moment of terrible danger, Laura steps forward into the line of fire.

Now, Andy must embark on a desperate race against time to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past.

Before they both run out of time…

This was very different to any of Karin Slaughter's previous novels that I've read. I really liked it.

Like her previous stand-alone, The Good Daughter, Pieces of Her abandons the police procedural (or medical examiner procedural?) in favour of telling the story from the perspectives of the victims. 

It opens with a fairly horrific inciting incident, a shooting in a coffee shop. This seems to be fairly par for the course with these books, though in the current political climate reading about any mass public shooting like this can be tough.

Then the book goes down a wonderful, mystery thriller route. Andy needs to make sense of her mother's past to understand what's happening to her in the present, and she needs to do that while on the run from mysterious assassins. The story unfolds at a great pace, with the mysteries slowly becoming clear, mixed with flash back scenes that show us Andy's mother as a young woman. It's not like the murder mystery I was expecting, but it pulled me along on a thrilling ride.


Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter is out now, published by HarperCollins UK

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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