Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Missing Pieces

Summary from Goodreads:

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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This was my first Heather Gudenkauf book and the prologue had me HOOKED. I like something with a spooky/suspense-y side- and this worked.

Since I loved the prologue- what did I think about the rest of the book?

Well, at times, I did want to pinch Sarah and tell her “Nancy Drew- listen, you have someone sending you cryptic messages, you are in a town full of people you don’t know, and your husband has been lying to you. Buy a clue and get the heck outta dodge!”

I was back and forth on Jack. Was he a bad guy? A good guy? Did he just not know how to communicate with Sarah?

There seemed to be a red herring thrown out from basically the beginning. It didn’t look good for the person- but I felt it was too early for the writer to tip her hand (I was right!)

And omg- when the reveal happened- well, it gave me a little chill- because you knew this person was a person who could get away with things like murder.


Bottom line: It’s a short read- less than 300 pages. It’s got a good mystery, some characters that you will like (and some you will dislike!)


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*

*Missing Pieces is a February Futuristic Friday selection by T @ Traveling With T. Looking for books to read? Check out the Futuristic Friday selections!*


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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8 thoughts on “Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

  1. Sounds great T, I’ll try it, although its my first by her too. I do have one called Those Things Happen bought at a charity shop, although I’ve not got to it – the usual problem! Keep on blogging, you’re one of my favourite US bloggers, although I suspect I’ve only scratched the surface!


  2. I feel like the only person in the world that didn’t like this book. I thought Sarah wayyyy over-reacted in the very beginning, the red herring was way too obvious, and the ending was predictable (I saw the killer coming a bajillion miles away). Plus, the motive for the killings just seemed so, ehhhhhh. IDK but I could not get in to it at all.

    But, it seems like everyone other than me loved it so what do I know? Maybe I’m just not a mystery reader.

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