REVIEW – Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson

Missing Pieces

Expected publication: June 21, 2018 by Agora Books


“How can you repair something broken if pieces are missing?”

Wow! What an emotional roller-coaster. This was a great read and one that will likely stay with me for a long time.

With two daughters and a new baby on the way, Linda and Tom Sadler should have been on top of the world. Unfortunately, a tragic loss devastates the family.

Twenty-five years later the Sadler family still lives with the blame, guilt, and grief that has kept them all stuck in place.

Part one of the book starts 21 days after the tragedy in 1985. The second half of the book starts  9610 days after the tragedy (twenty –five years later) in 2011. The story is told from alternating points of view which I found easy to follow. Interspersed throughout the book are letters that help tell the story of what this family has gone through.

“What if the one thing that kept you together was breaking you apart?”

Will breaking the silence of what happened all those years ago finally help the family to forgive and heal?

Honest, painful, and realistic. “Missing Pieces” was a heartbreaking and emotional read.  Once or twice, I had to stop reading …but only for a moment as I was anxious to continue on with the story. I really liked how the author pulled everything together (although at times I was reading with tears in my eyes). Thankfully, I didn’t have anywhere I needed to be as once I started this novel I didn’t want to put it down. I ended up reading it in just one sitting.

“Missing Pieces” is Laura Pearson’s debut novel and what a great debut it was. Powerful and raw but also tender. I was completely immersed in the Sadler family and all they had been through.

In my opinion, this was an excellent novel with a great plot and well-developed and memorable characters. I can’t wait to read more from this talented author.

I’d like to thank Ipso Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.


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