Pieces of Me, Kate McLaughlin

A conceptual images with a girl with her head in her hands. her hair weaves out to another head, with red, yellow, and blue colors weaved throughout the image.

About the Book

When eighteen-year-old Dylan wakes up, she’s in an apartment she doesn’t recognize. The other people there seem to know her, but she doesn’t know them – not even the pretty, chiseled boy who tells her his name is Connor. A voice inside her head keeps saying that everything is okay, but Dylan can’t help but freak out. Especially when she borrows Connor’s phone to call home and realizes she’s been missing for three days.

Dylan has lost time before, but never like this.

Soon after, Dylan is diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and must grapple not only with the many people currently crammed inside her head, but that a secret from her past so terrible she’s blocked it out has put them there. Her only distraction is a budding new relationship with Connor. But as she gets closer to finding out the truth, Dylan wonders: will it heal her or fracture her further?

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Releasing April 18th


My Thoughts

I always appreciate it when an author writes about mental health, especially an author I enjoy. McLaughlin did as well of a job as an author could do that doesn’t have DID. The research that went into writing this is evident throughout the story.

The book would benefit from a bit of editing before release day. The timing of when Dylan quit drinking is all over the place, going from last year to 6 months ago, which would put it in April, considering it’s October. Also, her half-sister Bella goes from being a step-sister to a half-sister. So it definitely needs a little bit of tweaking, which is an easy enough fix as my copy is an ARC.

Mental health is so often misdiagnosed. You can run through a few diagnoses before getting the correct one. We don’t see any signs of BPD in Dylan, so I wonder if that was a misdiagnosis, especially considering everything that comes to light throughout the story. Dylan has gone through so much and still has a long road ahead of her. But she has the strength to see it through. Overall, this is an interesting, thought-provoking read. Many thanks to St. Martin’s for sending this over.


2 thoughts on “Pieces of Me, Kate McLaughlin

  1. It was so fascinating, wasn’t it? There are some clinical (as well as technical) issues, but I could ignore those since it is just so compelling. I wasn’t sure which way she was going to go with this one since it’s such a controversial diagnosis but I loved the way it’s handled.

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    1. Exactly. It was easy not to be too nitpick about certain aspects because the book made up for it. I’m looking forward to your review!


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