*originally published on 03/01/2016
MISSING PIECES Written by Heather Gudenkauf
2016; 288 Pages (Mira)
Genre: suspense, mystery, fiction
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)
Sarah Quinlan and her husband, Jack are going back to his hometown, Penny Gate – that she has never visited and he has not returned to in 30 years – after his aunt Julia is hospitalized for a bad fall. As soon as Sarah arrives in Penny Gate she can senses that Jack has bigger secrets than she thought. When Julia dies and Amy, Jack’s troubled sister, is the main suspect Sarah starts to dig into the past. When Jack resists Sarah’s help and asking questions about his life, Sarah does not understand why or who is telling the truth.
Jack’s parents did not die in a car accident like he said. His mother was murdered and he was the one to find her body. When they cannot find Jack’s father for question the police and town assume that John is the killer. Yet, Sarah finds some other disturbing secrets about her husband. Can she be sleeping next to a murderer? And, is she next?
This novel had a great premise and the opening chapter hooked me right away. I also applaud Gudenkauf for keeping the novel short and to the point. I liked Gudenkeauf’s writing but I felt that the book was too easy to figure out too soon. And, once you have figured out the killer you don’t really want to continue reading. I think the biggest problem was that she put most of the characters on the suspect list but two and from there you could figure it out. I was totally buying that character as the killer BUT then when she reveals her motivation behind it came out of left field a bit. Events and consequences seemed to be forced at times. The bad news: if you are an avid mystery fan you may not like figuring out the end too soon. The good news: I would still try out more of Heather Gudenkauf’s books because the writing is there!