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Author: Laura Pearson
Genre/category: General Fiction
Release date: 21st Jun 2018
Where can I buy it? Pre-order here
Missing Pieces follows the Sadler family – Mum Linda, Dad Tom, and their daughters – in the immediate aftermath of a terrible tragedy, one that eventually tears the family apart.
I wish I could tell you more about the plot, but I think it’s better to not give anything away. I’ll talk about the general themes, though – chiefly, the theme of grief and loss. The pure pain that Linda feels is almost uncomfortable to read. This is a book that does not shy away from grief; in fact, it stares grief full in the face. Quite a few times, the beautiful writing about loss took my breath away, and made me cry. I do feel that I wouldn’t have been able to read it had I been in a vulnerable place myself – but then again, I think as a society we are uncomfortable with death, and we don’t like to face up to it, but books like this help to shed light on it.
The book is split into two sections – the first few weeks and months after the tragedy, and then 25 years later, where we see one of the daughters, Bea, attempting to uncover what exactly happened all those years ago, and why her family won’t give her the answers to her questions.
The theme of identity shines through Bea’s character, who feels that a large part of her history is missing, and that she cannot move into a new chapter of her life without it being resolved. All the family members struggle with this – reconciling the past with who they have become, and working out how to accept what happened and move into the future, hopefully repairing their relationships in the process.
Missing Pieces is a gripping read, partly because the main details of the incident itself are kept from you, with little hints here and there as to what happened. You feel as though you are going on a journey with Bea as she tries to uncover the truth.
I loved the writing style, too – it was easy to get into, but beautifully descriptive.
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