Missing Pieces

by Heather Gudenkauf

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LoveReading View on Missing Pieces

An intriguing, easy reading family drama with secrets buried deeply at its heart. After 25 years of marriage, Sarah finds herself travelling to Iowa with her husband Jack after his aunt Julia is hospitalised. But soon after they arrive Sarah begins to realise how little she knows about her husband’s family. As investigations begin into Julia’s accident an incident from the past rises up to haunt the family and Sarah finds herself on the edge of a frightening reality. Heather Gudenkauf sews discord in ‘Missing Pieces’, as she sets in motion events and relationships that jar and bicker with each other and yet these fuel the story. There are occasional moments where you may need to set your disbelief aside, in order to enjoy this fast moving story that contains a mystery waiting to be solved.

Missing Pieces Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf returns with a chilling page-turner about a woman chasing clues into a decades-old mystery that could have shattering repercussions. Everyone has secrets...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 town where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalised in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded. 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 realises that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the rabbit hole of Jack's past, but the farther she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a hard reality she may not be prepared for.

Missing Pieces Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Megan Abbott - 'One of the best Mysteries I have read in a long time.... I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a thrilling and gripping mystery.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was a simmering pot from the very beginning, there is a real sense of unease while reading this book and the plot and characters are superb...Truly great!'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'A great book, one to curl up with on any evening.'
  • Judith Waring - 'This is a very easy book to read and one that I got into immediately.'
  • Liz Bloomer - 'A page turner of a book! A story of complicated family history which erupts 20 years later when another tragedy occurs. Gripping!'
  • Victoria Whish - 'Small town thriller provides plenty of twists and turns. Sarah and husband Jack return to his hometown following a family emergency and find their marriage under threat as secrets resurface.'
  • Vanessa Wild - 'An enjoyable psychological mystery which kept me turning the pages until the end.'
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'I am a great fan of Heather Gudenkauf...What I liked about this story is that quite a lot goes on in Penny Falls, Lowa with quite a few family secrets.'
  • Jane Brown - 'Missing Pieces, will not disappoint – multifaceted mystery you cannot put down and one which the reader tries so many times to work out just whodunit. It is a puzzle with intrigue.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'Secrets buried in the past refuse to stay buried forever...an atmospheric novel, with a cast of interesting characters. I thought the twists and turns were good and it kept me guessing right to the end.'
  • Charlotte Donovan - 'So gripping it will have you on the edge of your seat! Amazingly good and also incredibly touching. A story about a woman just wanting to get to know the man she calls her husband more. 10/10 from me!'
  • Michelle McKernan - 'I really enjoyed this.  It’s pacy with believable characters and I hadn’t got a clue about who had done it, which I love.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - "Investigative journalist seeking to establish the facts when she discovers her husband is not who she thought he was. Could have been good but ‘a,b,c’ style of writing spoilt it for me."

Missing Pieces Press Reviews

Praise for Heather Gudenkauf:

'This gripping tale will keep you up all night' - Heat

'An action packed thriller... Gudenkauf's best book yet!' - Mary Kubica

'Fans of Jodi Picoult will devour this great thriller' - Red Magazine

'This tense tale keeps you hooked right up to the last page' - My Weekly

'A great thriller' - Radio Times 'A real page-turner' - Woman's Own

'Tension builds as family secrets tumble from the closet' - Woman & Home

'A gripping thriller' - Inside Soap

'Deeply moving and lyrical...it will haunt you all summer' - Company

'A powerhouse of a debut novel' - Tess Gerritsen

'Totally gripping' - Marie Claire

'Heart-pounding and compelling' - Diane Chamberlain

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781848454972
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781848454095
Publication date: 10/03/2016
Publisher: Mira an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848454972
Publication date: 12th January 2017
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence. Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment, Heather tended to use books as a retreat and escape the world around her. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.   Author photo © Joey Wallis

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