Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf: Book Review

Missing pieces

Disclaimer: I received the Kindle version of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
The plot seemed very interesting but am not sure that the author was able to pull this one off. I thought I had read another of author Gudenkuaf’s books but in checking I realized one of her books is still on my TBR list.
This whodunit novel is all about secrets particularly the ones that Jack Quinlan is keeping from his wife Sarah. They have been married for 20 years and Jack has never gone home to his small town in Iowa. His mother was murdered and his father was no where to be found after the murder so he became the suspect who was never caught.Almost immediately upon returning to the town due to his aunt’s illness (she and her husband raised Jack and his sister Amy),the secrets start revealing themselves. Wife Sarah is shocked that Jack has kept his mother’s murder a secret from her. Then as more secrets are revealed Sarah begins to no longer trust Jack. The mystery thickens from there and many other characters are introduced including an old sweetheart of Jack’s. The town is typical small town atmosphere where everyone knows everyone.
While this is a pretty good story in that you are kept guessing about all the characters, it does seem unrealistic.(fiction can take some liberties but when it goes over the top, a story can just seem unbelievable.. I would imagine most authors struggle with this) Sarah becomes so involved in the murder you would think she was a detective on a cold case. Her journalistic skills come in handy but it still seems far fetched that this mother would at times put her self at such risk rather then calling police. What drove me crazy was all the questions that kept popping into her head regarding her husband and the decades old murder. It got annoying after awhile.
But that didn’t stop me from finishing the book as it did hold your interest and I kept going back and forth as to who the murderer was. The writing was OK but I felt the dialogue needed some improvement. All in all this would be a good beach read.
I would like to try another of Gudenkauf’s novels as she has gotten some good reviews for her other published works. This is a 2.5 to 3 stars

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