Another Little Piece is the debut novel by Kate Karyus Quinn. It’s dark, disturbing, and twisted, so, needless to say, your YA Fiction Examiner quite enjoyed it.
One year ago, 16-year-old Anneliese Rose Gordon disappeared. A few weeks before her 18th birthday, she wakes up in a cabin hundreds of miles from home with no idea how she got there. But what Anneliese does know is that she’s not really Anneliese. And this isn’t the first time her possessor has taken over someone else’s body. She’s not sure who she is or how she came in possession of a Anneliese, but she does know none of her previous victims ever saw their 18th birthday. As she slips into Anneliese’s former life, meets her old friends and encounters new ones, she starts to put the pieces of both their pasts together. But will she learn enough to keep Anneliese from being her next casualty?
Another Little Piece boasts a sizable cast of characters; some are tied to Anneliese, some to her possessor. Much of the story is told in flashbacks; some from the perspective of Anneliese, some from her possessor’s former victims. The narrative favors poetic imagery and metaphors over concrete details, and the supernatural entity that possesses Anneliese is never fully explained. All this has the potential to make a book messy and muddled, but Quinn pulls off the delicate balancing act rather well. The flashbacks are surprisingly un-jarring, thanks to obvious clues like chapter breaks, tense switches, and details in the characters or setting. Although it does get a bit confusing at times, especially toward the end, the story is not that difficult to follow.
This isn’t a book for readers who have to have a clear, linear narrative, and everything explained to them. But if you enjoy supernatural thrillers, Another Little Piece is a great read.
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