Title: Missing Pieces
Author: Laura Pearson
Release Date: 21st June 2018
‘A stunningly assured debut that explores the ripples of a terrible family tragedy on the surviving fragile members. Beautifully written and surprisingly life-affirming.’ — Sarah Pinborough
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?
‘I’ve not stopped thinking about Missing Pieces… it’s such a good book. Heartbreaking and hopeful.’ — Amanda Berriman
‘A gripping, devastating, heart-stealing read.’ — Tamsin Grey
‘A convincing, patient portrait of loss – beautifully written.’ — Fiona Mitchell
‘Elegant, honest and breathtakingly beautiful, Missing Pieces is an impressive and raw portrayal of how one tragedy affects an entire family.’ — Christina McDonald
‘I couldn’t put it down.’ — Betsy, bookreviewsbybetsy
‘It had me totally gripped throughout.’ — Shirley, NetGalley Reviewer
‘The writing is delicate and honest.’ — Hannah, Working Life
‘Utterly mesmerising and emotional.’ — Christina, NetGalley Reviewer
‘The writing in the book was real and true.’ — Patty, Books, Thoughts, and Adventures
‘I loved this book… Heart-wrenching to read, but beautiful.’ — Johanna, NetGalley Reviewer
‘All the elements of a good drama, with a twist…. The author has left me wanting more.’ — Marissa, NetGalley Reviewer
‘Emotionally raw; breathtakingly beautiful… A book you won’t soon forget.’ — LeTresa, NetGalley Reviewer
‘I would put Laura in the same category as Jodi Picoult, she’s just that good… an author to watch.’ — Audrelyn, NetGalley Reviewer
‘A beautifully crafted debut novel.’ — Rachael, Smart Lit Reviews
‘One of the most moving books of the year.’ — Lucille, NetGalley Reviewer
Missing Pieces is an emotionally raw debut by Laura Pearson. Be prepared for your heart strings to be stretched to their limit, Laura delves into the aftermath of an unfortunate accident which results in the death of a child, the grief, the destruction of the family dynamics and the sense of guilt all borne by each surviving family member.
Laura has written sensitively about tough subjects, the death of a child, mental health, suicide, an extra marital affair all encompassing the intense grief which will either pull a family together or shatter the very foundations, all because of a split second decision.
A family of four become three, Phoebe the youngest child of Linda and Tom Sadler, sister to Esme has died in a tragic accident, Linda is pregnant with their third child and due to stress, grief and anxiety Bea is born prematurely. A newborn, a child’s death, and the one daughter left behind, no one talks, Phoebe is gone, Linda is disconnected, Esme is withdrawn and Tom is struggling.
A fractured family, Missing Pieces. Piece by piece the walls crumble and fall but the passing of time heals the rifts, the Missing Pieces connect, each learns to forgive but never to forget.
The narrative and characters flowed with ease, each persona was brought forth in a vivid picture in my mind allowing me to feel the sense of raw emotion. I felt as if I walked hand in hand with them, shrouded in their lives, seeing what they could see, thinking what they were thought, re-living their past, involved in their present and looking to their future.
Laura dealt me a blow straight through the heart with Missing Pieces, I fumbled through pages, blinded by tears, hoping and praying the family could forgive themselves, re-connect and accept that the split second decisions they each made were just that, a fleeting thought, an unintentional act.
A debut which will draw empathy to the fore front, influence your behaviour, thoughts and leave you in a puddle of tears.
My thanks go to Lucy Irvine, Laura Pearson and Agora Books for the advanced readers copy of Missing Pieces, it was a delight to be able to read Laura’s debut and be part of the Blog Tour. This review is my personal, honest and unbiased opinion on Missing Pieces. I look forward to reading many more books from Laura and I wish you all the best in your future writings.
Laura Pearson lives in Leicestershire with her husband and their two children. Missing Pieces is her first novel.