Author: Heather Gudenkauf
Publication date: February 1st 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Thrillers, Suspense
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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.
The call, like many of its kind, had come in the early hours of the morning, waking Jack and Sarah from a dead sleep. Jack’s hand had snaked from beneath the covers, fumbling for the phone. He grunted a sleepy hello, listened for a moment, then sat up suddenly alert.
“Is it the girls?” Sarah asked as she turned on the bedside lamp. They had dropped the girls off at the University of Montana just a few weeks earlier and Sarah’s worst fear was receiving an early-morning call like this. Jack shook his head and Sarah breathed a sigh of relief.
“It’s Julia,” Jack said after hanging up, his voice thick with emotion. “She had a fall. I need to go home.”
Although I can’t say that I walked away loving Heather Gudenkaul’s Missing Pieces, I will say that it was a compelling read. Heather’s writing style was not exactly to my taste but I must admit that the lack of flowery language made this a quick and fast paced read.
I never fully connected to any of characters. Sarah just seemed one dimensional and Jack was a complete mystery although that may be expected due to the lack of a backstory since most of his history was part of the mystery.
That said…I really wanted to know what the heck was going on here. Why was Jack keeping all of these secrets? I couldn’t imagine being with someone for 20 years and keeping the secrets that were kept within this marriage.
Missing Pieces is a book that makes you ask lots of questions. What exactly the difference is between a secret and a lie?When are secrets or lies ok if they’re told with good intentions? And at what point do they become a betrayal?
And ultimately, at what point is lack of faith in your partner a betrayal of the marriage?