Author: Kate Karyus Quinn
Published: June 2013
Source: publishers via edelweiss
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.
Weird, different, haunting. For a debut this is so impressive. It's memorable and different; it leaves an impression. From the beginning chapter to the end, you're easily held captive but eh way this new author spins and uses words.
I love thoughtful horror and that is the brand that is being sold so skillfully here. It's not overt or too gorey, though Quinn isn't going to be accused of sanitizing her novel, either. Another Little Piece is creative and smart in how it uses violence and that makes it all the more effective in the long run.
This is not a book for answers or finality. It's akin to Imaginary Girls and other magical realism novels in that the author's aim is to make you believe, not to make you doubt. Very much recommended for fans who like a different kind of horror and gore.