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Publisher's Note:  

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.

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.



Missing Pieces

by Heather Gudenkauf

Review Date:
02/01/2016

Recommended Age:
21+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:
*********

Violence / Gore Rating:
*******

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*****

Overall Review:  

Calling all Gillian Flynn fanatics! Are you looking for a book to fill the void that literature of late has left? Have you been looking for the next big mystery to hit the shelves? Wait no longer. Missing Pieces is every bit as wonderfully creepy and mysterious as any of the books Gillian Flynn has written. I could hardly put this book down, and even now, days later, I am still thinking about it.

Why has this book stuck with me? One, the characters and their situation was quite believable, and made me wonder what my family could be hiding. Two, Mrs. Gudenkauf wrote in such a persuasive way that I could believe the events she set out could have actually happened, even here in Iowa, where the book is supposed to take place. Three, it has stuck with me because I want to be able to tell people just how good this book is.

My favorite character in Missing Pieces was Sarah Quinlan, the protagonist and narrator. I liked her best, probably because I knew the most about her compared to the other characters. There was also the bold and quiet dispatcher, whom I also liked. I silently applauded her for helping Sarah in her time of need. Though at times characters jumped to conclusions and assumed the worst, I also liked how Heather Gudenkauf pulled everything together at the end so nicely. This book is a must read for any mystery fan!

Review of an Advance Reader Copy


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  20 religious exclamations; 29 mild obscenities; 1 religious profanity; 4 derogatory names; 4 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 6 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  A character is hit from behind with an object in a brief scene, and blacks out; a minor is mentioned to have had a bike accident; an elderly character falls and later the place of the fall is mentioned to have been cleaned up, some blood is mentioned; a character has a seizure in the hospital, has a DNR order and passes away in one brief scene; a character scratches a nurse accidentally and draws blood; a newspaper article containing a story about a character being found bludgeoned to death is read; a murder is mentioned to have occurred; a woman is found dead by her son, some brief detail about the dead body, blood, and bloody items are mentioned; a character imagines finding a character that is dead in one brief creepy scene; a woman hits her husband in anger; a minor threatens an adult with a shovel; a minor is mentioned to have had several verbally threatening fights with his parents; a possible suicide attempt is mentioned to occur; a tool covered with blood is found and described in brief detail, including possible ways of how it could have been used to attack a human; a crime scene is briefly described, a bloody rag, facial expressions of the deceased, and assumption of how death occurred are described; blood spatters are discovered; several pages of details including how a character died, what she looked like, a bloody rag, and blood possibly pooling on floor is described in some detail; a car chase occurs and one character is forced off the road, no casualties but some injuries occur; a dead body is found in a cistern; poisoning is questioned and implied; a character attacks innocent characters and attempts to kill them with a gun, shots are fired and one character is injured in one brief scene.

Sex/Nudity:  Adults kiss; a woman is mentioned to be only wearing a shirt, another woman wonders if the woman was having sex; an affair is alluded to; minors are mentioned to have maybe been sexually active.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Death of a loved one, cancer, divorce, murder.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Adults drink; alcoholism referred to; minors sneak wine coolers; prescription drugs abuse is mentioned; a minor is mentioned to be known to deal drugs; a woman smokes a cigarette; drinking and driving is mentioned to occur.



Reviewed By Lydia
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