Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry
Genre: psychological thriller
Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.
Just a quick thing before I get started with my thoughts, I read the book about 2 weeks before I wrote this review so some things aren’t as fresh in my memory but this means that what I talk about is the things that stuck for the past 2 weeks.
I was not prepared when I started this book. I was asked by the author if I would like to read and review an advanced copy of the book, and I didn’t take a second look at it when I said yes until I finally settled down and read it.
With that said, this book blew me away. As you can probably see, a book of this genre is not what I normally read everyday, and I kinda like this genre… It was really good and the concept was really great. It’s similar to the plots of TV shows with many twists and turns, although there were some parts you can predict.
Celeste is a mother, and with her broken background, she is determined to do what it takes to keep the biggest secret of her life from her husband, until her daughter’s life is on the line.
I have to say though, the middle part of the book where everything just falls apart and then Celeste runs away wasn’t the best, plot-wise because it all seemed like it was just a crazy thought she was having and none of it was actually happening.
The ending made me cry. It was just so sad to see what had become of Celeste and what she lost because of this secret, and the people she trusted most turn on her. It was really sad and I want to talk more about it but I don’t want to give any spoilers so...imma leave it at that :)
One thing that was hard for me to do was to connect with it. A good book usually has some sort of connection to me, and since I’m just a teen, a lot of the ‘bigger world problems’ were stuff that I just simply didn’t care about, because it’s not something that I have to deal with. Take for example, one of the opening scenes, where all the moms are out at dinner and talking/complaining about their kids and stuff. A mom reading this book may be able to connect with the book because it’s a thought they all have, but having never experienced something like that, there wasn’t that much there for me. There was also some cringing moments.
The author really took risks when writing this book and covered a lot of topics that would be considered scary by most authors. They are very mature and real issues out there, and I think that Lucinda does a very well job covering them without a problem.
Overall, I give the book a 7/10 (4/5 stars). The book was very well written, and I enjoyed most of it. It is definitely a mature book, with a lot of things that can mess with your head but I enjoyed it. The plot in the second part revealed some things that confused me with the storyline, but that’s the only part that confused me. If you haven’t tried your hand at a psychological novel, this is one that you should try to begin with. It’s good, and not as hard hitting as some other ones, while still giving you the full gut-wrenching experience.
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