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Hardcover  » Missing Pieces Kindle í 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 3.25 starsThis was just OK for me One of those non thinker books that didn t hold many surprises but there was enough there to keep me reading.I know exactly when the author lost me from taking this bookseriouslyIt s a pet peeve of mine when authors take extreme liberties that are so non believable to the reader I do understand that at times its needed to help get the story moving forward, but sometimes it is just too much.In this case, it was the average civilian convinces someone 3.25 starsThis was just OK for me One of those non thinker books that didn t hold many surprises but there was enough there to keep me reading.I know exactly when the author lost me from taking this bookseriouslyIt s a pet peeve of mine when authors take extreme liberties that are so non believable to the reader I do understand that at times its needed to help get the story moving forward, but sometimes it is just too much.In this case, it was the average civilian convinces someone like a clerk to give them access to important documents or files that they have no right to look at.It boggles my mind how much this happens in stories In real life I really want to know who are these people that are so trusting to strangers that they will let them look at toxicology reports, or criminal investigation interviews and files This can t be happening in the real world, can it There were some shining moments though and I applaud the author for giving us a strong female protagonist Her reactions to her husband s omissions were very credible Instead of sweeping it under the rug, she confronts him head on and doesn t let him off the hook And even though I had identified the antagonist early on, I didn t know the why , so that also kept me turning the pages.My thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review Heather Gudenkauf has written quite a few novels and I think I ve read all of them or at least the majority of them I have really enjoyed all of them especially Little Mercies which is my favorite Unfortunately for some reason I didn t enjoy Missing Pieces nearly as much as her previous novels.The story is told from Sarah Quinlan s point of view Sarah and her husband Jack have returned to his hometown of Penny Gate, Iowa because his aunt Julia has had an accident and is now in the hospital H Heather Gudenkauf has written quite a few novels and I think I ve read all of them or at least the majority of them I have really enjoyed all of them especially Little Mercies which is my favorite Unfortunately for some reason I didn t enjoy Missing Pieces nearly as much as her previous novels.The story is told from Sarah Quinlan s point of view Sarah and her husband Jack have returned to his hometown of Penny Gate, Iowa because his aunt Julia has had an accident and is now in the hospital His Aunt raised him and his sister, Amy after their mother died years before when Jack was just fifteen However, Jack hasn t told Sarah the truth in regards to his mother s death and his family s past TheSarah learns about Jack s past, thequestions she has She starts to investigate things on her own and as she does she starts to wonder if she knows her husband at all.I am having a hard time pin pointing what exactly bothered me about this book I felt like the plot was decent but I didn t care as much about the characters as I normally would I just felt like some of them weren t as developed as they could or should have been I had a hard time believing that Sarah and Jack had been married for twenty odd years and even had two university aged children They just didn t seem to have that close of a relationship or the chemistry that people who have been together for a long time seem to have I did like Sarah for the most part but some of her actions had me rolling my eyes A few of her choices as well as some other characters choices felt a bit too unrealistic I know this a fiction book but normally I m still able to understand a little of why a main character does what they do That sounds so cryptic but I don t want to spoil anything Now that I ve said all of that I do have to say that the last couple of chapters is what pushed this from a two to a three star read I was positive that I knew who did what and why But while part of what happened had crossed my mind as a possibility, I was pretty shocked by the rest of it I also felt that the ending was tied together fairly well in a way that made sense I just wish I had felt that way about the first three quarters of the book However, this is only my opinion and there will probably be many who will love this book As we always say that s the beauty of Goodreads I have really enjoyed many of the authors previous books and while this is far from my favorite, I still look forward to reading Heather Gudenkauf s next book Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this advanced copy in exchange for my honest review A Traveling Sister read with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay, Jan, Holly and Linda sister s mom 3.5 This book has been sitting on my kindle shelf for nearly a year now After Norma s gentle nudge, it was finally time to click on and change the status to currently reading Or it may have just sat there for another year Sarah returns to her husband Jacks hometown after his aunt has a tragic accident, leaving her in the hospital clinging to life Soon, past secrets and long buried lies come to light A Traveling Sister read with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay, Jan, Holly and Linda sister s mom 3.5 This book has been sitting on my kindle shelf for nearly a year now After Norma s gentle nudge, it was finally time to click on and change the status to currently reading Or it may have just sat there for another year Sarah returns to her husband Jacks hometown after his aunt has a tragic accident, leaving her in the hospital clinging to life Soon, past secrets and long buried lies come to light, leaving Sarah questioning the man she married Who exactly is he And what is he truly capable of Now it s up to her to dig beyond years of deceit and discover what s been buried out of view Don t ask questions if you don t want the answers I had some difficulty with the main character Sarah She seemed to be sleepwalking through her marriage of 20 years Conveniently waking up at the 11th hour trying to piece together a 20 year old murder and hopefully discover her husband s long held deceptions.No huge twists or surprises Pretty much guessed the ending we all did But regardless, I still enjoyed.This is a very light mystery that reads extremely fast A nice break from all the dark thrillers I have been reading lately.For our full traveling sister review please visit Norma and Brenda s fantastic book blog Traveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Lindsay, Kaceey, JanB, Linda Sisters Mom and HollyWe love how everyone experiences the same book in such differing ways and we really value each other s opinions So with that being said this gets 5 Stars for this sister reading experience So we were split on our feelings and ratings on this one for some of us we rate 3.5 to 4 stars for others it gets a rating of 2 to 2.5 stars So for the purpose of this review we have a combined rating Traveling Sisters Group Read Review by Brenda, Norma, Lindsay, Kaceey, JanB, Linda Sisters Mom and HollyWe love how everyone experiences the same book in such differing ways and we really value each other s opinions So with that being said this gets 5 Stars for this sister reading experience So we were split on our feelings and ratings on this one for some of us we rate 3.5 to 4 stars for others it gets a rating of 2 to 2.5 stars So for the purpose of this review we have a combined rating of 3 stars We really enjoyed gathering the missing pieces from this story with our group of sisters and wow were we ever split on our feelings towards this one It made for some fun laugh out loud moments and interesting book talk among us A term from Holly that we will now be using as a sister term This book also inspired another new sister term and we also gave a title to Lindsay the believability police We sure had the believability police out on full force while we were reading this one Striking up quite the conservation for us.HEATHER GUDENKAUF has taken a different direction here with her who dunnit plotline with MISSING PIECES from her usual stories that centre around children and family dynamics It still had a lot of family dynamics to it which kept the conversation going and had some of us questioning the believability to the story The story was told from our main characters point of view Sarah who swings from a quiet supportive wife to a suspicious one with many thoughts and questions sparking quite the conversation with us We follow along with Sarah as she tells us the story and we gather clues by her thoughts through the many questions she asks herself This became repetitive and unnecessary for some of us and just didn t work for them For others it did work and appreciated the lightness of being told instead of being showed and it was a nice break from some of the heavier thrillers that they have read All of our suspicions were all over the place with this one as the mystery shifted a few times Kaceey had us laughing out loud with her comment my radar is pointing in direction today anyway In the end we pretty much suspected everyone with a few of us picking out the suspect quite early on For some of us the setting to MISSING PIECES stood out and the creepy old house was like a character and added to the atmosphere of the story for them, giving them an ominous feel For others it brought nothing to the story Of course the ending had us split with some rushing through it just to get it done, some disappointed, and for others they were completely satisfied So if you are looking for a quick and easy read with no real guess work and lots of questions we would recommend this book to you All of our Traveling Sisters Group Reviews can be found on our sister blog

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