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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Esme's world drastically changes when disaster strikes. Her father Tom and mother Linda are having a hard time coping with their loss. Esme feels like her mother blames her. Linda has checked out of their lives. She's heavily pregnant and doesn't want to have another baby. She only thinks and cares about what she's lost. Nobody talks about what happened, which creates an oppressive environment filled with secrets, guilt and anger. The consequences are devastating, how will the family deal with such a big loss?

Even many years later Esme and her father can't express their feelings to each other. The baby Linda didn't want is all grown up. Bea has many questions about what the family was like before she was born, but there's nobody who wants to give her the answers she so desperately seeks. How can she be a good mother if there are so many missing pieces from her own history? To have a future together and to find love again the family has to find a way to move forward, will Bea's pregnancy be what they need to glue the shattered parts of themselves together again?

Missing Pieces is a beautiful heartbreaking story. I shed quite a few tears while reading this amazing emotional novel. One terrible moment wrecks an entire family. There are so many unspoken words, unprocessed feelings and communication issues. Laura Pearson has thoroughly explored the struggles of each family member. Tom, Linda, Esme and Bea all have their flaws, they are far from perfect, they can't cope and they do things they normally wouldn't have done because they don't know what to do with their sadness. The result is a story filled with so many emotions it's about to explode. I was impressed by each layer of this fantastic poignant book.

Laura Pearson has a terrific descriptive wring style. She skillfully makes connections, openly shares her main characters' most private thoughts and she laces her story with an abundance of honesty, empathy and forgiveness. This gives Missing Pieces a perfect rawness that had a strong effect on me. I could literally feel the anger, the hurt and the pain and was stunned by how real it all felt. Missing Pieces is intense, thought-provoking and agonizing. Laura Pearson carefully divides tension, she balances emotions in a great way and she knows how to captivate her readers. She ends her story with a wonderful message and plenty of hope, showing her readers there's always light in the darkness, even in the most daunting situations. Missing Pieces is a story that packs a punch and will stay with me for a very long time.


If you love emotional stories about family you don't want to miss Missing Pieces.

About Laura Pearson

Laura Pearson has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She lives in Leicestershire with her husband and their two children. Missing Pieces is her first novel.


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  1. Missing Pieces sounds like a beautifully written, heartbreaking story about bereavement, infidelity and motherhood.

  2. lovely story, would love to dig in xx

  3. It seems an interesting story!

  4. Oh my gosh, Suze, this is really emotional and thought-provoking.

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