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Posted November 27, 2012
I struggled reading this book because of it's content. Such a tradgey when it involves the parents. I almost felt Kyle's pain and frustration. The saddest part was what he feared most finally came true, but I think that in some small part of his mind he was mentally prepared when he heard the jury's verdict of guilty.
Good read and will recommend, only if you like reading (a little on the gory side) type of murder mystery.
Posted August 1, 2012
"Missing Pieces" is a mystery suitable for the older teen, although stricter parents might object on grounds of language or content. Although there is a mystery that the protagonist, Kyle, sets out to solve, I found the psychological and sociological subtext to the story at least as compelling as the mystery. How Kyle and his younger sister Kelly deal with the disappearance of their mother, how the relationship between parent and child is often illogical when viewed from the outside, and the dynamics of a small town, all add significantly to the story. The defense mechanism that Kyle and Kelly have which allows them to envision a happy ending where, at least to me, it was obvious there was no plausible way for that to happen, actually helped drive the story rather than ruin its credibility. My only significant complaint about "Missing Pieces" are the courtroom scenes near the end, which didn’t ring true for me.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **