Review: Missing Pieces

How well do you know your husband?

missing pieces


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.

Length: 288 Pages

Publisher: MIRA

Release Date: February 2, 2016

About the Author

Heather Gudenkauf

Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence, These Things Hidden and One Breath Away. She lives in Iowa with her family.




Though an entertaining read, I felt Missing Pieces was…well… missing something. We spend much of the novel inside Sarah’s head (the wife), and yet I didn’t feel connected to her, or anyone else for that matter. Sarah is constantly asking herself questions, which seems to be purposely leading the reader in the direction Heather Gudenkauf wants you to go. For me, it was distracting and repetitive.

That being said, there were certainly scenes where my heart quickened, I held my breath, and I was nervous to read on. I found the end of the book particularly well-written and exciting.

As a disclaimer, this is the third thriller I have read in the last couple months that has revolved around the husband being the potential bad guy, so this may have distorted my reading of Missing Pieces.

But overall, I am giving it 3 out of 5 Stars

Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT)

Language: 3

Some language sprinkled throughout, including a few uses of the F-word

Violence: 3

Graphic descriptions of dead bodies, and a couple physical attacks

Sexual: None


Missing Pieces will be available digitally, as well as paper-back, hardback, and audio cd. Pre-order by clicking the image below.

Happy Reading!