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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf- 4 1/2 *

Title: Missing Pieces
Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Rating: * * * * 1/2
Publishers: MIRA
(Feb 2, 2016)
Hardback: 288 pages
ISBN: 978-0778318651
FTC Disclosure: ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley

A woman uncovers earth-shattering secrets about her husband's family in this chilling page-turner from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf 

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.

I finished this book more than a month ago but held off on writing a review as it was rather thought provoking. I kept wondering how I'd have felt if the man I'd been married to for 20 years had hidden the  
secrets that Jack did from Sarah. While I can see that you might not want to discuss your Mom's murder in depth, even with your wife, ultimately I don't think you could ever feel the love and trust again that was destroyed by the opening of this can of worms. 
The mystery and suspense was overwhelming and kept me up all night flipping pages till finally (only a few short pages from the end) I realized the who and why.  I'm not real sure I bought the actions and help of the sheriff's secretary (it's a small town but still, I don't know) but the story sure kept me clutching the book so tight I thought my fingers were going to break my Kindle. It was kind of like driving on ice. I couldn't let go in case of a spin out and crash. I'm sure I sighed a breathe of release once it was over and had to get out of bed for awhile before going to sleep. Definitely, going to check out more books by Gudenkauf in the hopes there  are more mysteries of this caliber on her 

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