Release: June 11, 2013
Annaliese Rose Gordon went missing almost a year ago, and now that she has returned, nothing is quite the same. Despite parents who shower her with awkward welcomes, she cannot fit cleanly into their family. Maybe she feels this way because her memories from before her disappearance fled without a trace. But maybe the cause of her insecurity is something dark and dangerous, even deadly.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.
Readers can gather this much from the first few pages of Another Little Piece, but not much more. Quinn drops readers into her tale with as little background knowledge as possible and feeds them tiny scraps of Annaliese's horrifying past, clearing the smoke surrounding the story bit by bit. This book becomes even better when one enters it without reading the synopsis and can adjust blindly, trying to assemble a handful of barely-there hints. The resulting suspense hooks and addicts readers, keeping them captivated through the most savage of scenes.
Flashbacks do arrive though, forming a shattered storyline of past and present that Quinn paces perfectly. The author inserts scenes from days gone by at the precise moments and frequency to keep readers anticipating the next one, and best of all, she splices scenes together in a way that contrasts Annaliese's current life with past situations. The protagonist's history brims with enough blood and gore to make readers gag, but the terrifying atmosphere intensifies when compared with Annaliese's other struggles, like untangling relationships with her parents and an attractive boy. By placing deadly conflicts side-by-side with relatable issues, Quinn emphasizes the horror of the main character's position and the way her past affects her day-to-day life.
The twisted mystery and the grotesque clues leading to a resolution create a creepy and dark atmosphere, the kind that has readers shivering in dark rooms and eyeing everyone with suspicion. Reading Quinn's debut alone at night will not ease this minds of those who frighten easily, and the story will still follow readers into pitch black bedrooms no matter when they read it. Days after leaving its world, this novel continues thriving in the back of readers' minds, pouncing forward to scare them whenever it sees a sliver of opportunity.
With its bloody thrills and vibrant terrors, Another Little Piece will not work for everyone, but for some it will provide crave-worthy excitement. For anyone who can stomach wonderfully repulsive fiction, I recommend jumping into this story and not looking back. Quinn has proven her ability to craft a bone-chilling horror novel, and although her book’s carnage may at times repel readers, those who enter its gruesome and electrifying world are destined to return, hungry for more.