Title: Another Little Piece
Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
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.
Before reading this book, make sure you have a few effective breathing exercises in your arsenal. Trust me, you’ll need it.
I honestly can’t decide if this book or Liz Coley’s Pretty Girl-13 is the most intense book I’ve read this year. They’re intense for similar reasons: the writing is amazing, and the fear/suspense level is on HIGH basically the entire time. Obviously the major difference is that Pretty Girl-13 is set in real-life, while Another Little Piece is a genuine horror, but they both left me disturbed and haunted (in a very good way).
This year, I discovered a new love of horror films. This has also transferred to my reading habits, and I will happily read any YA marked as horror. Another great horror debut this year was The Murmurings, which you should definitely check out if you liked this book, and vice versa.
Another Little Piece is super intense and super creepy, and was even better than I thought it would be. I loved the way the story was told, such as how in the beginning the creature/Annaliese starts out talking about herself in the third person, and how she consistently refers to Annaliese’s parents as “the parents.” There were just a lot of little details that made the dark atmosphere of the book even scarier. Quinn also did an excellent job of making Anna/Annaliese seem real, which also intensified the creep factor.
I also liked the fact that the story unraveled somewhat slowly while still keeping a high amount of tension throughout. I was genuinely on the edge of my seat the entire time, and got more and more excited every time Quinn gave us another piece of the puzzle.
This is definitely a book that will keep you up all night, and when you’re done, you’ll want to leave the light on when you finally go to sleep.
P. S. If this became a horror film, I would totally dig that.