Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter – The Book vs. The Show


Read This:

Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter

Watch This:

Pieces of Her limited series on Netflix

Why We Made this Selection and Background Knowledge

Claire: No actual background info. I just saw it at Costco, saw the Netflix sticker, read the back, and thought it would be something we both would like!

Before you say which you liked better, did you read the book or listen to the audiobook… because it matters.

Claire: Audiobook. Shoutout to Kathleen Early’s amazing narration. Five stars.

Julie: Read the book.

Overall Opinion of the Book

Claire: I really liked the book. I loved that there were multiple points where I was caught off guard, but there were also a few predictable parts. I hardly reread books, but I would this one. I’d probably actually break out the physical book for it.

Julie: I really liked the book and only really saw one small plot hole – Paula letting Andy leave her house/being a professor but being really dumb. I sort of wish Paula had softened and become a hero. Also, she’s killing people for papers that just prove fraud. Doesn’t seem worth it.

Overall Opinion of the Show

Claire: I was impressed with the casting of Andi and Laura. I thought they really resembled each other, looks-wise. I could really see Andi looking like Laura in 20 years.

There was only one time in the show I was really shocked like my mouth dropped open shocked. At the end of episode 7. I was not expecting that at all.

Not great chemistry between most of the actors.

There were a lot of things like little details I was upset they left out of the show.

  • No Alabama hat.
  • No groping the lucky rabbit’s foot.
  • I was expecting the truck Andy stole to not be brand new.
  • No cane.
  • The storage unit number.
  • Maine vs. Idaho.

Julie: The acting is really bad. But, the soundtrack is great. There are a lot of details left out or not expanded on that I think would maybe not make sense to people who hadn’t read the book first (like the flashbacks and the nickel.)

I did like that we got to see what was going on with Laura and Gordon while Andy is on the run, we didn’t get that in the book.

Which did you like Better? Book or Show

Claire: The book

Julie: The book


  1. Was the outcome the same in both the show and the book? Yes
  2. Was the main character/primary narrator the same in the show and the book? Yes
  3. Was the primary conflict the same in the show and the book? Yes
  4. Would you read the book again or recommend it to a friend? Julie: Yes, Claire: Yes
  5. Would you watch the show/movie again or recommend it to a friend? Julie: No, Claire: No

Overall Rating: 4/5 starts.

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