Missing Pieces

Missing PiecesMissing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
Published by MIRA on February 2nd 2016
Pages: 288
ISBN: 0778318656
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How well do you know someone?

Sarah and Jack Quinlan receive news that Jack’s Aunt, Julia, has had an accident and is in the hospital. They fly to Jack’s hometown of Penny Gate, Iowa. A town that Jack has hardly ever visited during their 20 years of their marriage. There Sarah meets her husband’s family members – some are family whom she has never met.

During the course of their stay, it becomes clear that Julia’s accident was not an accident after all. All signs point to Jack’s troubled sister, Amy. Family secrets come to light. Sarah learns that Jack’s parents did not die in an accident as he told her. She learns that her husband’s Mother was murdered in their basement and his missing father is considered to be the main suspect. Could there be a connection between his Mother’s murder and his Aunt’s accident?

As family secrets, which are mainly Jack’s secrets, come to light, Sarah becomes painfully aware that her husband has not been honest about his past. She learns that he has been lying to her for years. There are a lot of “missing pieces” in his story. Unfortunately, the missing pieces are filled in by his family members and not her husband, which makes it harder for Sarah to trust her husband.

As Sarah tries to piece together clues and dig through evidence it is clear that someone wants to stop her. But who? And why? Why has her husband been lying all of these years? Who has been sending her eerie messages?

I enjoyed this book. For a couple that has been married for 20 years, Jack and Sarah did not feel like a long married couple. That’s about my only issue with the book. I did like having to put on my very own detective hat to figure out the mystery in this book. This is a modern day whodunit. I did guess the identity of the killer around half way through but I was wrong about the motive.

Overall a very enjoyable read. Good book for people who enjoy reading mysteries.


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