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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    A Haunting Book That WILL Grab Your Heart

    Sure, my brother and I don’t always get along, but that doesn’t mean I want him kidnapped! Katie is forced to grow up FAST when her younger brother is snatched, right from her grasp, at a crowded train station. Her family starts to deteriorate as each member deals with his or her grief in their own way. Katie learns to open up to those closest to her and slowly voices her fears about that day: that it was all her fault. With her friends beside her, Katie comes to terms with the events of that terrible day and starts to move on…

    This book is technically considered Women’s Adult Fiction but, since a HUGE part of the book deals with Katie growing up and her challenges in high school, I decided to give it a whirl. Honestly, it is one of my better decisions. Scattered Pieces is wonderful! The writing is descriptive, alluring, and haunting. When little Jimmy goes missing, I can FEEL the panic and the terror that overwhelms Katie. The despair that envelops her family is like a cloud, thick and tangible. Throughout Scattered Pieces, I see Katie and her best friend Marilyn grow and change. Katie chooses a career in psychology, while Marilyn chases dreams of acting and modeling. Lynn has a way of letting me see the world and events from Katie’s perspective.

    I think Alice Lynn’s background really adds to Scattered Pieces -- she has a degree in psychology. What does this mean? It means that she actually knows what she’s talking about. I feel this adds greatly to Scattered Pieces because Lynn doesn’t just say Katie’s mom is sinking into depression, she shows the mental and physical symptoms as well.

    The only thing I don’t like about this book is its sad subject matter. A little boy being kidnapped is sad. No way around it. That said, the rest of the book is about how Katie and her family deal with the tragedy and how they let it change them. This heart-wrenching book is very realistic and definitely connects me emotionally to the characters!

    The cover:

    Puzzle pieces. Those little things are known for getting lost under couches and mysteriously disappearing, leaving the puzzle incomplete. How fitting, then, that the puzzle pieces with Katie’s family members on them don’t fit together. They are separated. This cover is a wonderful choice for Scattered Pieces!

    I give this book 5 out of 5 stars: I LOVED IT!

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    You Definitely want to read this book!

    So let me just get this out of the way..... wow Wow WOW!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I couldn't put it down and read if all in about 24 hours. That ought to tell you something! So this book is about a girl, who goes with her family to meet her father returning from war. While they are waiting in the train station, her little brother gets loose from her hand in a split second and is gone without a trace. A brother who is only 4 years old. A son who his father has never even gotten to meet. A mothers child, who at the loss of him, shatters her heart and leaves her lost and wondering herself.

    This book isn't only about the loss of little Jimmy, but its how his family struggles with that loss, mainly his sister Katie. This is her life, growing up without him. Wondering where he is, or who he would be. Trying to make a place for herself in a world where his loss leaves a dark mist over everything. I really don't want to give too much away because it would totally ruin this for you. Please just trust me when I saw YOU WANT TO READ THIS! Seriously!

    Katie's life is hard, but she is strong and pushes ahead. She gives everything she can to make a life for herself. She tries so hard to live a life with some normalcy. Can you imagine being a young girl and loosing your brother? How would you cope with the wondering, the not knowing? How would you handle to reporters and the papers, even your friends asking questions? I expect that I wouldn't make it through life nearly as well as Katie. I don't know that I would have the strength to make myself push through school and accell academically. Not only does she make it through elementary and high school, she goes through college and even graduate school. Always searching for answers to unanswered questions, trying to find a way to understand it. Trying to figure out what would make a person do such a thing.

    Will she ever get the answers that she is looking for? Will be be able to open herself up to the prospects of being in a relationship, getting married and possibly even having a child of her own after living with the fear that the loss of her brother was her fault? Will her brothers kidnapper ever be brought to justice? Well, I guess you will just have to read and find out for yourself!

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    A Prolific writer!

    “Scattered Pieces” by Alice Lynn is a story composed of masterly intertwined lives that hold the reader from beginning to the end of the book. Alice Lynn has written a novel that could easily be visualized into a movie screen, as drama, mystery and romance are clearly drawn across the pages by her masterful writing. I have read “Wrenn” and “Volunteer for Glory” by Alice Lynn and now “Scattered Pieces” only confirms what I have felt all along, she is truly a literary genius. I encourage the reader, to read all three books and savior the uniqueness of each novel. Veronica Esagui, Author

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    A gripping story. Good luck putting it down.

    What an incredible read! Alice Lynn wastes no time and dives right into the heart of the storyline from page 1. She captures perfectly the essence of the 1940's era with her easy-flowing writing style and flawless descriptions. She has a definite aptitude for storytelling. Her story maintains a smooth, romantic, yet haunting, ambiance all the way through. Although this book is listed under women's fiction, it's reminiscent of the young adult genre as it chronicles the main character's life from childhood to young adult. The story is told through the eyes of Katie Harris, who is 6 years old at the beginning of the story. Katie, her mother and 4 year old brother, James, are at the train station, along with so many others, waiting to welcome home their father and husband who has returned home from the war in Europe. Katie's mother instructs her to wait on a bench with Jimmy and to keep hold of him, as she weaves through the crowd in search of her husband. As little Katie is distracted by the activity of the crowd, Jimmy manages to twist out of her grip and disappear without a trace. Katie's father, who was shipped out a couple of months before Jimmy was born, will never meet his son. One of the most moving passages, is Katie's description of the family's resulting anguish: "As I reconstruct the past, I realize that words cannot adequately describe the disintegration of a family whose child is taken. Death due to disease or accident is heart breaking. But losing a child is its own cataclysm. Uncertainty wrestles with wild hope, and gives way to despair. Guilt, prayer, and anger live under a thin surface." Katie is quickly befriended by Marilyn, who is a bright spot in this book, for me. Marilyn is the kind of best friend anyone would want. She is unwavering in her love, loyalty and acceptance of Katie from childhood into adulthood. The two friends compliment each other beautifully. While Marilyn is gorgeous, popular and charismatic, Katie is pragmatic, reserved and an academic. Their bond is unbreakable and something to be admired. Marilyn's brother, Tom, is 4 years their senior and a bright spot as well. Instead of being the older, obnoxious, belittling brother he could be, Tom is charming, athletic, artistic, handsome and considerate. Who wouldn't crush on that?? Like Katie, I never stood a chance. I really admire Katie, she's a survivor and a good person. A strong leading character, who doesn't search for the easy way out of things. You can't read this book without becoming emotionally attached to her, willing her to succeed in all her endeavors. I appreciate her strength of character as she faces her fears and tries to better understand her parents (and herself) through furthering her education. Instead of continuing to bury feelings, she seeks to unearth them and give them validation. As she begins her career, more questions and mystery arise. Could someone she knows have information about the disappearance of her brother? Loved this story. Scattered Pieces is now listed among my favorite books. I couldn't help but be impressed with how intelligently written it is. An inspiring story of survival with strong elements of mystery and hope and romance. I would recommend it for all readers 16 and over.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Wonderful book!

    I couldn't put it downn! I started reading it one afternoon and finished it less than 24 hours later. Such a good story! I'm a retired social worker/current filmmaker and I am selective in what books I read. This book has everything I look for in a novel. The characters came alive and the ending made sense. It is deeply psychological, but also an easy read. That's a hard combination! Wonderful book!

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  • Posted December 4, 2011

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    Great thrill ride! Loved it!

    Alice's voice has once again blown me away. A haunting tale of how tragedy can affect the lives of so many and for so long. Scattered Pieces was an excellent psychological thrill ride that will have you lost in another world and turning the pages faster and faster until the very end. Loved it!

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

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    Pager turner until the very end!

    Alice's voice has once again blown me away. A haunting tale of how tragedy can affect the lives of so many and for so long. Scattered Pieces was an excellent psychological thrill ride that will have you lost in another world and turning the pages faster and faster until the very end. Loved it!

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Captivating from the first page!

    So well written that I was a little sad as I was drawing near the end. Then BAM! A new twist and I was satiated until Ms.Linn's next book on my list is opened. The author's words offer clarity and strong emotional empathy that takes the reader on a wonderful journey into one woman's life. Psychology majors, this one is for you. Mystery buffs and women of any age will enjoy Scattered Pieces.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Putting the Pieces Together Again

    There are times when a single event can change a person's life forever. If it occurs in their latter years, the impact, though not lessened, finds fewer days upon which to cast its shadow. Scattered Pieces begins on May 15, 1946 when eight-year-old Katie Harris feels her younger brother Jimmy's fingers slip from hers in a crowded train station. He disappears. What follows in this nimbly penned novel is not as much an examination of the case, as a study of the effect of one split second on the lives of Katie and her family and friends. It is a book that I tried numerous times to put down at the end of a chapter only to find myself involved, concerned, and curious enough to keep turning pages. Lynn does a solid job of introducing complex psychological concepts and uses a well mixed and believable group of characters to portray human quarks and foibles akin to those we see in our own tribes. I was moved throughout the book by the depth of Katie's emotional struggles as she tried to maneuver through her life with the weight of her enormous and painfully human guilt. Scattered Pieces has it all, crime fiction, psychological drama, romance, mystery, and even some fairly comprehensive explanations of painting styles. Add this to your 'to read' list, but make sure you have the time to do just that!

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