Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
Genre: contemporary thriller
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.
The premise of this book sounded awesome. That was till I discovered it was third person. I try – I really do try to get into books that are written in third person and I struggle. I feel like my mother is trying to tell me about her favourite soap and my eyes glaze over and I just don’t feel like I can get into the characters groove with them.
So I fought on, and I’m glad I did. This was like unwrapping a pass the parcel – each chapter unveiling another piece of the puzzle. I could guess from the few nuggets left like breadcrumbs and it wasn’t till I got to the end that my suspicions were confirmed. Love when books make me feel like a detective.
We are taken into a dysfunctional relationship between Sarah and Jack as the threads start to unravel but this is a tale where the person you are meant to trust the most, turns out to be the person you can’t trust at all.
If you are looking for something a little intriguing, a little bit Cluedo, then this is the book for you.
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers for my honest opinion, getting this book for free did not sway my opinion in any way.
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