Netflix announced today that Toni Collette will star in the thriller Pieces of Her, an eight-episode series adapted from Karin Slaughter’s best-selling book (buy at Amazon).
In the series, when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall with her mother suddenly explodes into violence, an adrift young woman’s conception of her mother is forever changed.
As figures from her mother’s past start to resurface, she is forced to go on the run and on that journey, begins to piece together the truth of her mother’s previous identity and uncovers secrets of her childhood.
Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men) will direct the first two episodes. She is also executive producing. The writer, showrunner, and executive producer is Charlotte Stoudt (Homeland, House of Cards). Also executive producing is Bruna Papandrea (Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, Wild) of Made Up Stories.
Founded and run by Bruna Papandrea, Made Up Stories is a development, production and finance company committed to creating content with compelling female figures squarely at the center and enabling female directors, writers, actors, and fellow producers to tell the stories they want to tell.
Casey Haver, Jeanne Snow, and Steve Hutensky will shepherd the project for the company.
Internationally-renowned crime author Karin Slaughter’s books have been published in 37 languages and sold over 35 million copies around the world. She has written over 18 novels including New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter.
The Pieces of Her book is officially described as follows:
“What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all?
Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?
But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.
The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them…”