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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Review: Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from MIRA Publishing, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new book comes out next week, and is a great entry into the Thriller genre!

Missing Pieces cover


Sarah Quinlan's husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate, Iowa, where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalized in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded. 

Upon arriving in Penny Gate, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago—barely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia's accident begin to surface, Sarah realizes that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack's past. But the farther in she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.


What do you do when you think of your husband as your best friend, but when you go to his hometown, you find out everything you thought you knew about him was a lie? The author does a great job in showing how Sarah deals with her shock and how she has to keep proving facts to herself, so that she can get her head around them. For the reader, you can guess about halfway through, what really happened in young Jack's life, but there are a few red herrings, so that there is still a surprise at the end, that tidies everything into a nice package, and what seemed like loose thoughts, suddenly make perfect sense. The book can be a bit slow in the beginning, as the Sarah and Jack are not characters that immediately grab the reader, but the situation does, and if you stay with the book, you get an interesting family drama thriller! So be sure to check this one out!

About the Author:

Heather Gudenkauf is an Edgar Award nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.  Heather lives in Iowa with her husband and children. In her free time Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and running. Check out her website for more!

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