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Missing Pieces By Laura Pearson

Missing Pieces‘Missing Pieces’ is the first book by Laura Pearson.

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 an intensely sad but beautifully written story about the loss of a child and how another one can never quite fill the void.

The story is written in two parts and is seen through the perspective of Linda, the mum, Tom, the husband and sisters Bea and Esme. It flows in past and present tense and gives the reader an understanding of the family and the difficulties they are facing from the loss of a child. Linda is heartbroken when her daughter dies and never seems able to move on, even with her older daughter Bea and baby Esme, she is unable to get over her loss and it’s up to Tom to try to hold the family together whilst the two sisters try to carry on with their lives, one knowing the sister that passed away and the other one living in her shadow.

This story is a wonderfully moving tale that will certainly tug at the heartstrings. The different perspectives of the story, is insightful as it shows how the tragedy is affecting each person differently.

The story battles many issues, death, mental illness plus the pressure of living in a dead person’s shadow, there doesn’t seem to be many topics that the book doesn’t cover.

Laura’s writing is clear and descriptive, creating vivid scenes of emotion and turmoil throughout. A heartbreaking story of bereavement and loss, ‘Missing Pieces’ is a triumph of a debut.

You can buy Missing Pieces from Amazon and is available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and Google Play.

Heather Gudenkauf Book Tour – Missing Pieces

Heather GudenkaufOn the book tour for Heather Gudenkauf’s new book, ‘Missing Pieces’, Heather gives her top tips for writing a thriller.

Every author has a unique process for writing. Here are my basic rules to write a literary suspense novel:

Location, location, location.
Actually the writer’s location doesn’t matter a bit – it’s where everyone else in the family is that is important. I’ve been known to lug my laptop from room to room trying to find a secluded spot to work on my current project. I’ve resorted to taping do not disturb signs to doors, hiding out in the woods behind my house, and even leaving the state to do my writing. You would think that just waiting until the dead of night when everyone was asleep would be the most effective time for a suspense writer to create. It’s dark, the only sounds are creaky, whispery moans with periodic coyote howls and owl hoots. Not for me ~ too scary.
 
Sustenance.
Food and beverage is a must when preparing for a marathon session of writing. As for food, nibbly snacks like trail mix, grapes, or M&Ms are best. Avoid any food that requires a spoon, a fork or two hands as it impedes the writing process. However, it can be done. My drink of choice is a big (huge really) Diet Coke with lots of ice and a skinny straw – the size of the straw does make a difference. When you’ve written yourself into a corner or a particular character is giving you fits, alcohol is perfectly acceptable. Just be careful with this or in twenty years you may find yourself writing your tragic memoir from a detox center or jail, whichever comes first.
 
Ambience.
Your personal comfort is paramount when writing. Some people need complete silence in order for the creative gods to smile down on them. Not me, I need some noise. Right now I’m listening to a lot of Avett Brothers set at a rather high volume. If it is too quiet I can hear my family beyond the locked door asking me to fix them something to eat.
 
Missing PiecesAfter these first three basic needs are met, it’s time to get down to the business of writing your novel.

The Premise.
The premise for your literary suspense novel needs to be, well, suspenseful. Like most writers, I’m a collector of possible topics for my novels. I scan newspaper headlines, listen to talk radio, and pay special attention at social gatherings for possible storylines (just kidding, friends). Interestingly, as a writer of suspenseful, domestic dramas, I am constantly asked by well-meaning people about the awful childhood I must have experienced. I guess it would add an air of mysteriousness to me if that was the case, but I’m proud (and relieved) to have had a blissfully uneventful childhood with two great parents. However, it is perfectly okay to infuse life experiences into the creation of your suspense novel. For example, the premise of my new release, Missing Pieces, a woman travels to her husband’s hometown and learns that he isn’t quite the man she thought she married. Now, in my own personal life, I know my husband. In fact, we live in the town he grew up in. There’s no way he’s keeping any secrets from me. I could tell if he was. Really.
 
The Characters.
The characters in your literary suspense novel need to capture the hearts and minds of your readers. Develop characters that your readers instantly care about. Once readers become invested in what happens to those who inhabit your books, they will stick around to the very end. Sarah from Missing Pieces is a regular working mother and wife who is faced with the horrifying reality that her husband may have been involved in a murder. Since her husband is less than forthcoming, Sarah has to do her own investigating and is shocked by what she learns.

You can buy Missing Pieces from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.