Missing Pieces: The gripping and unputdownable Sunday Times bestseller 2021
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Feeling she has not spent enough time with her aspiring writer brother, Johnny, Beks makes the fateful decision to join him on a trip to the remote and uninhabited Crow Island, only to find themselves targeted by killers. She has no idea why anyone would want to kill them, although she has more than enough time to ruminate over this mystery, as it looks as if Johnny has been murdered and she is left behind, injured and assumed to have died. Desperately missing her daughters, she is tested to her limits, trapped on this forested island during the freezing winter, alone with no hope of rescue for 6 months. In New York, the tenacious Detective Frank Travis is close to retirement, working on the case of the missing artist, Louise Mason, but has got nowhere. However, he has never let go of anyone, and he is to acquire 2 further strange missing person cases. What connects Louise with Beks? Rebekah Murphy's marriage seems like the perfect marriage until she finds another mobile phone in her husband's car. After confessing that he has been having an affair the marriage falls apart and he moves out. Meanwhile Detective Frank Travis is looking for missing Louise Mason who disappeared three months ago without trace. Frank is due to retire next week and knows that he is Louise’s only hope of being found. Are these two cases connected and will Frank be able to solve them before it is too late.
MISSING PIECES - TIM WEAVER | Bestselling author
This novel by Tim Weaver is like a jigsaw puzzle. There are so many strands to the plot that must be fitted together to understand what is happening to Rebekah. The story is told from different standpoints and in different time zones. Mostly, it is clear where and when the story is taking place, but at times it was a little confusing. I think the author portrayed Rebekah’s emotional state well as she learned to cope with her situation. I enjoyed his portrayal of this resilient and brave woman. This book opens strongly and keeps your attention throughout the whole island setting. The heroine is alone, and the narrative with this sole character is excellently portrayed. However, once certain things resolve, [avoiding spoilers, here!] the pace slows right down, which covers roughly the final quarter of the book. Such a shame, as the initial 3/4 held me gripped and not wanting to put the book down. By the time I'd read to about 80%, I grew bored and impatient. I kept going because I wanted the answers to what had happened and why. The perseverance paid off-sort of. None of the reasons felt that compelling or realistic to me. So much carnage and destruction based on a slim 'what if' scenario? Sorry, but that just did not work for me. Even if Rebekah can manage to survive the winter, in the spring, when the ferries resume, two men will arrive to kill her, although she has no idea why.
Louise Mason, Johnny's ex girlfriend disappeared without a trace just before Johnny and "Bek' go to Crow Island. Johnny is the main suspect of her disappearance, so when they then both go missing detective Frank Travis is assigned to the case, but he is due to retire within the next week. He wants to solve the case before he retires and he knows that he is Louise’s only hope of being found alive or dead. NEW CONNELLY AND REACHER: RESURRECTION WALK By Michael Connelly and THE SECRET By Lee and Andrew Child
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We flit between present day Rebekah and her struggles, to past happenings in her life that gives us context to her current circumstances. We also see chapters from the perspective of Detective Travis searching for a missing artist. With two seemingly disparate protagonists, Missing Pieces had me intrigued from the offset, and I wanted to read on to find out how the pairs lives would converge and why. Rebekah Murphy has been missing for five months. She knows too much. She knows she's alone on an abandoned island with a killer on her trail. She knows that to get home, she must live to understand why this is happening. She knows someone tried to kill her for a secret. Detective Frank Travis doesn't know enough. He doesn't know where to find Louise Mason. He doesn't know how or why she vanished into thin air three months ago. What neither Rebekah or Detective Travis realise is that each hold a missing piece of the same puzzle. Musím přiznat, že jsem se do čtení musela trošku nutit. Celý děj mi přišel poměrně táhlý. Thriller je pro mne synonymem napětí, které jsem však při čtení necítila snad ani jednou. A pokud je tohle “nová hvězda moderního thrilleru”, tak opouštím svět thrillerů a začínám číst sladké romanťárny. Missing Pieces is not part of Weaver’s David Raker series, but is a stand alone novel about a New York woman, Rebekah Murphy, who becomes stranded on the fictional Crow Island, which is one hundred miles off the American coast and left uninhabited over the winter months. She goes to the island with her brother Jonny out of a sense of obligation, and also to forget about her crumbling marriage for awhile. But when she gets there something goes wrong, and the book opens with her frantically trying to find Jonny and get off the island. Meanwhile detective Frank Travis is trying to find a missing woman, Louise Mason, who vanished into thin air three months ago. With only a few weeks left before he retires, Frank is determined to find out what happened to Louise. Bek" goes on a night out with an old university friend and finds herself in the morning in another man's bed, but not remembering how she got there. Daniel Foley seems like a nice guy and tells her a bit about himself, but 'Bek" feels guilty and doesn't see him again.So, in summary, the passive writing and extraneous telling need weeding out. As do the jumps between scenes and characters that happen with no warning. The final quarter of the book needs tightening up and shortening, and overall could do with a lot less character confessions, guesses, and monologues to speed up the pace. Things take a turn for the worse once they arrive at Crow Island and as the island is due to shut down for the winter the next day it all seems a bit eerie and very quiet. They must get the last ferry off the island at 5.00pm, or there is no other transport to get from the An outstanding book, absolutely superb. The solution reminded me of a Russian Doll, where you take one apart to find another one still to be opened' 5***** Reader Review I liked main character, and she came alive for me. The setting and description were done well too. Here are some lines I loved: Rebekah is running, running for her life, she is hurt - she is desperate and other than that we don't really know what is going on, that is the opening chapter. We flip to the before and learn about Rebekah, her life and what takes her eventually to the Island, where she is now present day. The chapters flip between Rebekah trying to survive and then, the past as we run up to the present. Someone wants Rebekah dead, she is stranded on an Island alone and can't imagine why anyone would want to hurt her let alone kill her. Rebekah wasn't alone when she arrived so where is her brother and where is the person she is running from?