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Take Me Apart

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,420 ratings  ·  416 reviews
A young archivist's obsession with her subject's mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity, in a riveting debut novel of psychological suspense.

When the famed photographer Miranda Brand died mysteriously at the height of her career, it sent shock waves through Callinas, California. Decades later, old wounds are reopened when her son, Theo, hires ex-
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by MCD
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Lala BooksandLala
May 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Kat told me to
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
i know this just came out last month but y’all better not keep sleeping on this book!!!!

more of a literary psychological drama than a traditional thriller, this is a book that explores the pressures of art, marriage, and motherhood. it connects two women through their struggles, intertwining their lives in a way that completely grabbed my attention and i would highly recommend!

cw: suicide, discussions about loss of a loved one & grief, mentions of self harm, domestic violence, rape/sexual assaul
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
It was not the thriller that I was looking forward to read but it’s promising, effective, well-written psychological drama/ mystery.

So you may be asking why I gave Switzerland treatment to this book by giving 3 stars: Well, I have complex feelings about narration.
Some parts of the book belongs to Miranda’s story deserved 4 to 5 stars because it was complex, surprising, exhilarating, moving, strong parts of the novel but when I go to present, abuse story and #metoo movement parts do not seem ge
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book didn’t start off well for me. The writing grated on me. At times, it bordered on cheesy and at others, came across as just plain melodramatic.
Kate has lost her job as a journalist in New York, the victim of sexual harassment. She takes a new job in California as an archivist cataloguing the work of Miranda Brand, a famous, now dead photographer. It’s not an easy job, as everything has been thrown in one room, including trash. And Theo, Miranda’s son, is the typical cryptic boss - secr
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
Miranda Brand was a famous artist / photographer that dies mysteriously during the height of her career. After her husband dies her son Theo is tasked with clearing out their estate. Miranda was not one for organization and her office resembles that of a hoarder so he hires Kate Aiken to archive his mothers work.

While Theo is handsome he is also mysterious and menacing in his own way but Kate can't help but to be attracted to him. After leaving her job in NYC due to inappropriate behavior by a
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
I could not pull myself away from Sara Sligar’s debut, Take Me Apart. I probably sound like a broken record every time I laud a slow-burn suspense novel like this, but it really was that good. Her writing is both expressive and smart, with characters that are so distinctly human that they probably resemble actual people you know. There’s so many things I loved about this book; this review is probably just going to be me listing them out for you here.

This is the first thriller I’ve read in a whi
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a nuanced addition to the psychological thriller subgenre. Don’t go into it expecting a typical twisty thriller. This is much more of an examination of mental health of the archivist as well as the famous, deceased artist whose life she is trying to piece together from the remnants of her life. Deceit, betrayal, the subjugation of women, and motherhood among many other issues come into play.
Anna Luce
DNF 50%

Take Me Apart...ya basic.

While I really dislike abandoning books halfway through, I just can't do it anymore. So far everything about Take Me Apart is 'basic': been there, done that.
✔ a dual storyline following two women
✔ the woman in the 'now' becomes increasingly obsessed by the dead/missing/older woman
✔ there is a handsome guy who might be dangerous (he usually has olive skin, dark hair, and smells mysteriously sexy)
✔ one of the women is running away from her past
✔ the other woman al
Angie Kim
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
TAKE ME APART is a stunning debut. In gorgeous prose, Sara Sligar creates a haunting and decidedly feminist literary thriller that explores mental illness, violence, and the nature of obsession. I loved this novel so much that I blew off all my responsibilities, turned off my phone, and blistered through the whole thing in one sitting. Unforgettable and thought-provoking, TAKE ME APART has my highest recommendation.
Set in the fictional Northern California town of Callinas (Bolinas?), near the fog-shrouded edge of the continent where the cliffs drop off into the sea at Point Reyes, “Take Me Apart” is a psychological portrait of Kate Aitken, who is literally falling apart. Once an up and coming NYC-based journalist, Kate’s life fell apart after she accused a superior of sexual harassment. In the fall out, she suffered depression.

Now, she is starting a new life -at least temporarily- in the hills north of th
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: suspense
“Take Me Apart” is an interesting suspense novel. I wouldn’t categorize it as a thriller because the pace is too slow and brooding.

It’s a character driven story, told in third person. The character Kate Aitken begins the story flying from NYC to Northern California. Kate is running from her last job where there was a questionable dismissal. She will be living with her probing Aunt and Uncle while she works as an art archivist creating order of a famous artist’s works and collections.

The artist,
Jessica Woodbury
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. You can read TAKE ME APART as a mystery. I don't think it's the ideal reading, but you certainly can. Kate has left her life as a journalist in New York after she was the victim of workplace sexual harassment. She is unsteady and at sea, trying to keep her bipolar disorder in check as she rebuilds her life. She has moved in with her Aunt and Uncle in California where she has taken on a temporary job as an archivist for Theo, the son of Miranda Brand, a famous feminist photographer and ...more
Elizabeth George
Always ignore the stars and instead read the review. I thought this was a terrific novel. It's a combination of thriller, epistolary novel, love story, and detective story. It's beautifully written with a terrific sense of place: north of San Francisco on the coast in a slightly larger version of (what seems to be) Bolinas than actually exists. The novel tells two stories simultaneously: the life journey of a hugely successful and famous avant-garde photographer, her artist husband, and their tr ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Men aren’t afraid of misinterpretation. It’s not dangerous to them. Women, we know bad things can happen when someone misreads you.”

So glad I got an early copy of this book, because now I have a couple months of lead time to scream about how great it is!

I've been eagerly awaiting Sara Sligar's debut, because it includes all my favorite things: difficult women, brooding men, and of course, archival records. TAKE ME APART is my favorite kind of thriller: subtle and psychological rather than a
Jordy’s Book Club
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
QUICK TAKE: elegantly-written mystery about an archivist who tries to piece together the life and tragic death of an enigmatic artist. The character dynamics are interesting, and the feminist/mental illness plotline is thought-provoking and a bit maddening. Definitely worth putting on your #tbr (though keep in mind it is a slow burn read).
Luana Filgueiras
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to @fsgbooks and @sarasligar for this ARC. 🧡PUB DAY: April 28th,2020

I’m going to be honest and admit I acted a little crazy 😜 just to get this arc. When I saw this on Netgalley and read the synopsis I knew I had to read it. Realizing I couldn’t request this specific one due to my location, I messaged the author, emailed the publisher, and commented on a random picture on the publisher’s IG about how much I needed this.

As it turns out, I’d do it all over again for this book because it w
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would describe Take Me Apart as a slow burn mystery that delves into the world of these two women. It tackles topics such as mental illness, the powerlessness women feel from men, the expectations of women by society, and domestic abuse.

As a woman who has a mental illness, I felt I was able to strongly connect to these two women and the struggles they face in a society that has an expected image of how a woman should act. A lot of what Sligar touches upon is what many women have experienced t
Venessa ✨
Take Me Apart was one of those books that truly had me scratching my head like "what is the point?" We're following Kate, who recently lost a high profile job for reasons unknown (to be revealed as the book goes on), so she moves in with her aunt across the country and starts a new job archiving all the files and works of two famous artists (now both dead) under the supervision of their son, Theo. Everyone believes that one of the artists, Miranda, killed herself, but Kate is determined to prove ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ambitious debut of psychological fiction, that can theoretically be sold as a thriller, but isn’t really one. Once upon a time there lived a talented photographer named Miranda who found fame and fortune with her art. She found love with a fellow artist, had a baby and lived happily ever…no, wrong, the music screechingly comes to an abrupt end. Because, of course, what sort of a book would that make. No, this is an entirely different story, albeit based on the same basic facts. And there’s th ...more
Mary Keane
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written page turner with deep insights into feminism, past and present. Loved it.
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death, possible suicide, spousal abuse, marital rape, graphic sexual assault, gaslighting, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis

When I requested this from Netgalley, I wasn't sure what I got into. It sounded like a mystery, but also not much like one at the same time. And, that's how this book was. It's told in two separate parts, one from Kate's perspective set in the present and the other from Miranda's perspect
Diana Iozzia
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Take Me Apart"
Written by Sara Sligar
Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

"Take Me Apart" is an artistic and surprising thriller, which sets itself apart from others in the same genre. This exciting debut by Sara Sligar opens many new possibilities for the psychological thriller genre. Twisting upon the ever-present fear of distrust for those who care for you, Sligar's characters are tantalizing.

This story feels familiar, but in a nostalgic retelling method. The plot revolves around a main character, Kate,
switterbug (Betsey)
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
TAKE ME APART is Women’s Fiction that covers serious issues about the power disparity between men and women, as well as the emotional toll of trauma and healing. Sliger conveyed her themes and placed the plot within the context of art and also intimacy. The structure isn’t inventive but the pieces interlock well enough. There are pique flashes now and then in this chiefly predictable story.

Modern day journalist, Kate Aitken, is fired from her NYC job, an ambitious career destroyed by formidable
Emma Eisenberg
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Smart, evocative, truly doing new things with the form and a fantastic central character
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
This debut novel of psychological suspense will definitely get your pages turning. The story follows a young woman (Kate) hired to archive the personal papers, art, and effects of an artist who died by suicide. [TW for those who need to take care.] When Kate reports for her job she meets the artist’s son (Theo) who is tall, muscular, and good looking. Ok, we can all guess where this is going but the author makes both main characters somewhat unreliable. The suspense/mystery is how the artist act ...more
Laura Peden
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I’m finding this a difficult review to write, both because I loved it this book so much and also because I don’t want to give anything away. If you enjoy strong but flawed women, compelling mysteries, clever feminist snark, and reconstructing a life and death from old photos, documents and diaries then this could be the story for you. I should to give a warning for mental illness, suicide, self-harm, mental and physical abuse, gas lighting, sexual harassment, post-partum depression and threateni ...more
Heather Fineisen
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A slow, layered read about a fictional famed photographer,Miranda Barnes and the archivist hired to sort through her papers for the brooding, handsome son with secrets. Sligar captures the essence of the artwork and her descriptions evoke a thoughtful regard for the fiction catalog. A secret diary provides revelations in the alternate chapters that tell Miranda' s story. Touches on mental illness, domestic violence and professional ethics.

Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
Karima chermiti
Trigger Warning: Loss of a loved one, Rape and abuse / sexual assault, Suicide, talk of self-harm, postpartum psychosis, Depression, gaslighting, bipolar disorder, Domestic violence

How do you talk to other people, afterward? After the worst, I mean. After your brain swells you up and spits you out, a saliva lump of a human being. How do you communicate with people who spent that entire time in charge of their own mind?

If you’re looking for an addictive thriller with twists you won’t
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is something special. A novel told in alternating chapters, part epistolary part narrative, it is an examination of cult of personality, art, and the pressures of marriage, motherhood, and mental wellness.

Kate is an archivist going through the less-than-organized files of famous artist Miranda Brand’s life so that her son, her one remaining relative, can sell it. The story is layered: it’s Miranda’s story it’s Kate’s, exploring both of their lives inside and out—who they are and who pe
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