Book Review: Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf


Set in a rural town in Iowa, this murder mystery is a must read. Jack hasn’t been back to his hometown of Penny Gate for more than 20 years. After hearing about his aunt’s accident, him and his wife, Sarah leave their home in Montana to return to the place where Jack grew up. Jack’s past and family are mysteries to Sarah. She doesn’t know much and  she soon finds out that what little information she does know, isn’t even true. What happened to Jack’s parents all of those years ago? What kind of information could Jack possibly be hiding?

There’s nothing like a good thriller to warm you up on a chilly, winter day. Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf will keep you on the edge of your seat and make your blood boil. In this who-done-it novel, everyone is under suspicion. When Sarah flies to Penny Gate with her husband, she has no idea that she is about to learn about unsolved murder cases and ex-girlfriends, among other things. With so many characters, it really could be anyone.

I thoroughly enjoyed Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf.  This mystery is creepy, suspenseful, and creative. Unsolved mysteries are fun to read because you are engaged the entire time. The author really kept me questioning everyone in this novel. As clues are discovered, I kept changing my mind on who was guilty. Trying to put the pieces together in my mind was challenging and entertaining.

I think Missing Pieces did lack some character development. Since there are so many characters, it is hard to learn much about everyone, even the main character, Sarah. I wasn’t rooting for a particular person to be innocent or guilty. I just didn’t feel that connection with the characters.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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