What if the one thing that kept you together was breaking you apart?
All Linda wants to do is sleep. She won’t look at her husband. She can’t stand her daughter. And she doesn’t want to have this baby. Having this baby means moving on, and she just wants to go back to before. Before their family was torn apart, before the blame was placed.
Alienated by their own guilt and struggling to cope, the Sadler family unravels. They grow up, grow apart, never talking about their terrible secret.
That is until Linda’s daughter finds out she’s pregnant. Before she brings another Sadler into the world, Bea needs to know what happened twenty-five years ago. What did they keep from her? What happened that couldn’t be fixed?
A devastating mistake, a lifetime of consequences. How can you repair something broken if pieces are missing?
Missing Pieces is the debut novel novel from Laura Pearson, you wouldn't know that though. It is highly accomplished and managed to pull at my heart. Every copy should come with a packet or tissues or even a giant box. This book managed to capture my mind and break my heart in equal measure, it is absolutely spectacular.
Concentrating on The Sadler family, Missing Pieces is an exploration of grief, bereavement and family dynamics. A portrayal of how a single event can change everything and the all encompassing effects that can reverberate a family and tear it apart. I am not going to tell you more at the point as this would be to spoil a moving reading experience for you.
There is mystery involved and as a reader I was utterly captivated and completely entwined between the pages and emotionally invested beyond belief. Laura Pearson writes sublimely, the complexity of the story driven by a sparsity of the writing. There is nothing wasted or superfluous here.
Laura Pearson has written her characters with a great insight and managed to give them depth and brought them absolutely to life. It really is utterly mesmerising.
A story of what happens when everything blows apart and the hows and whens of putting it back together again.
About the Author:
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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