And Linda felt like getting inside it, curling up with her daughter and going to sleep.
But the coffin was too small.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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?
MY THOUGHTS: 5 stars for this emotionally raw and completely absorbing debut novel by Laura Pearson.
I am lost for words to describe this book which drew me in, enveloped me to the point where I was constantly thinking about the characters, worrying about them like they were my own. I fell in love.
I am inclined to be dismissive when I read glowing reports of a book from its publisher. After all, that’s their job, to make you want to read the book. But in this case, they have put into words exactly what I want to say and so I am going to quote from the publisher’s letter at the beginning of Missing Pieces because I can’t say it any better or with any more heart.
‘(The) book that you can’t put down at night, the book you tell everyone about – the book you tell anyone about.
This is that book.
When Kate (the publisher) read it, she was enamored. She read it in one go. She cried on the tube. Arriving in a jumbled flurry of manuscript pages, it was all Why Didn’t I Read This Sooner?! and This Bit? Yes. That Bit? So Good.
This book will make you think about family and the unfathomable grief of losing someone you love. It will make you ugly cry. (No judgement.) It will make you think long and hard about who you want to be, the life you’re living, and the relationships you cherish. It will make you happy cry. (You do you.) And it will make you want to read anything you can get your hands on by Laura Pearson.
And trust us, there’s more. . .’
And like a child in a sweet shop, all I can say to that is ‘more please.’
Thank you to Ipso Books via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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