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Missing Pieces A Traveling Sister read with Norma Brenda Lindsay Jan Holly and Linda sister’s mom 35This 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 yearSarah 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 uestioning 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 viewDon't ask uestions 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 deceptionsNo huge twists or surprises Pretty much guessed the ending we all did But regardless I still enjoyedThis is a very light mystery that reads extremely fast A nice break from all the dark thrillers I have been reading latelyFor our full traveling sister review please visit Norma and Brenda's fantastic book blog Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf is a 2016 MIRA publication I checked this book out in order to participate in a group read but I didn’t get around to it in time But since I’ve enjoyed several other books by this author I decided to keep it and read it solo How well do you really know your husband? Sarah is about to find out how well she knows Jack her husband of twenty years when they are called back to Jack’s hometown after his aunt suffers a critical injury Jack left Penny Gate Iowa a couple of decades ago met Sarah married and then raised twin daughters He never talked about his past or returned to Penny Gate until now But once they arrive in Penny Gate it doesn’t take long for Sarah to discover that not only has Jack failed to relay very pertinent information to her about his past he has outright lied to her The she learns about her husband the she is convinced he might be dangerous Could her husband be a cold blooded killer? Could she be his next victim?Oh dear This book was pretty much a hot mess The plotting pacing and dialogue is terrible with an abrupt and cheesy conclusion Sarah who was not in law enforcement could explain to us about the motives of the sheriff and his techniues At other times she was TSTL doing things like taking two pain pills at the same time after drinking vodka while in the presence of someone she thought might be a killer Sarah wasn’t the only one who made highly uestionable or implausible decisions in the story At times I didn’t know if I should roll my eyes or laugh Okay this sounds pretty harsh and I don’t enjoy book bashing so suffice it to say this story is not the best representation of this author’s work HG is a NYT bestseller a seasoned author with a reputable publisher but even the best authors can have a one off for whatever reason so I’ll chalk it up to a rushed deadline or something and move forward on to the next 2 stars 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 35 to 4 stars for others it gets a rating of 2 to 25 stars  So for the purpose of this review we have a combined rating of 3 starsWe 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 uite the conservation for usHEATHER 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 uestioning the believability to the story  The story was told from our main characters point of view Sarah who swings from a uiet supportive wife to a suspicious one with many thoughts and uestions sparking uite 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 uestions 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 uite 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 uick and easy read with no real guess work and lots of uestions we would recommend this book to you   All of our Traveling Sisters Group Reviews can be found on our sister blog I would like to thank Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review If I could sum up this entire book in one word it would be this meh While the plot was enough to keep me from giving up it wasn't anything spectacular as I figured out all the answers before the halfway mark For such a short book it felt like something was missing but simultaneously felt too wordy and repetitive at times Constantly something would be revealed in real time and then Sarah would rehash it all over again as thinking out loud Every Single Time The characters were ok; I think I had a hard time getting past how shallow these decades long relationships seemed and how all conversation seemed well awkward It seemed the author couldn't decide if she wanted this story to be domestic drama or psychological thriller and never committed fully to either I have read the rest of her books and while I've never felt her writing style was my favorite I've always enjoyed her books enough to read the next This one seemed to not live up to her other works While not a horrible read it just seemed a bit bland and predictable This was one that I had planned on purchasing to share with my sister in law but I'm relieved I didn't spend the money 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 uinlan'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 uinlans is what it seems Caught in a flurry of unanswered uestions 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 I never was able to get on an even keel with this story The premise sounded interesting but in the execution it ended up coming across as hammy No real depth to the characters and the relationship between Sarah and Jack was paper thin These two have been married for over twenty years raised two daughters yet the dialogue between them was as awkward as a couple on their first bad date view spoilerI found it absurd that Margaret the police dispatcher would risk her job by handing over all the case files and interview tapes to Sarah Margaret and Sarah had met for the first time only the day before hide spoiler I couldn't decide between 35 or 4 starsThis was my first Heather Gudenkauf novel and my first traveling sister group read with Brenda Norma Kaceey Lindsay and Jan and Linda sisters mom We had a lot of fun and great discussion comparing notes on this one Everyone has a fun side and uniue style which added to my readingI think I liked it than the others I found it to be a uick and well paced book that I enjoyed It had just enough action and suspense to keep me turning the pages without being boredSarah has been married to Jack for 20 years and she thinks she knows him well but he has secrets The kind of secrets that can devastate destroy and shatter a marriage Can she trust him or is she in danger? Jack's home back in Penny Gate has been referred to as a house of horrors by Jack's sister Amy Why? What kind of secrets does this house of horrors possess?Jack hasn't returned home for many years because he is haunted by the death of his mother and the mystery that surrounds what happened to her He has never told Sarah about his involvement or the accusations he faced Was he involved or falsely accused? The story is a who dunnit and Sarah plays the self appointed detective She treads carefully and uestions everything and everyone Who can she trust? After all her life and marriage are at stake here There were several characters that had motives and I worked hard trying to put all the pieces together Just creepy enough and it did surprise meIf you enjoy a fast and entertaining who dunnit set in a gloomy town with a decrepit house this one might be for youHere is the link to follow along in all the Traveling Sister blog reviews 2 stars This was a Traveling Sister Read with Brenda Norma Kaceey Holly Linda sisters' mom and JanB It was very interesting to read with this wonderful group of women because this book worked for about half of us and didn't work for the other half I loved discussing everyone's reactions and seeing how this book affected many of us so differentlyUnfortunately I fell into the category of not liking this book I simply couldn't connect with any of the characters or the storyline I had a good idea who the bad guy was fairly early on which rarely happens for me My main issue was the believability factor So many scenes circumstances and characters actions were very far fetched for me I have read one other book by Gudenkauf Little Mercies and really liked it As much as I would not recommend Missing Pieces I would still be interested in reading other books by Gudenkauf because I really did enjoy Little MerciesTo find our full Traveling Sister Read Review please visit Norma and Brenda's fabulous book blog at When Jack uinlan received the phone call to say his Aunt Julia had been in an accident at her home and was in hospital in a serious condition Jack knew he needed to go to her Julia and her husband Hal had been his surrogate parents since his own parents had died and although he hadn’t been home in over twenty years he felt the pull to return Jack’s wife of twenty years Sarah decided to accompany her husband as their two girls were old enough to remain at homeBut their arrival after two flights to the small town of Penny Gate was the beginning of a nightmare for Sarah To her horror she discovered she had no idea who her husband really was – who she had been married to for so long; loved for so long As the secrets and lies were slowly revealed Sarah had no idea if she could trust Jack any longer – in fact she had no idea who she could trust Then as things became even worse Sarah suddenly realised she was in danger – what on earth was going on? Who really were the uinlan’s? Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf is another gripping psychological thriller by this author which I thoroughly enjoyed I found it fast paced and very hard to put down The twists and turns; the red herrings – all so well done And the reveal at the end totally surprised me I had no idea Highly recommended 325 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 readingI know exactly when the author lost me from taking this book seriouslyIt'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 muchIn 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 pagesMy thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

About the Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Heather is the NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE and NOT A SOUND

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