Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson @LauraPAuthor @AgoraBooksLDN #blogtour #MissingPieces

Delighted to host a stop on the blog tour for Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson today! My thanks to Lucy Irvine at Agora Books for the invitation to join and the wonderful review copy!


Author : Laura Pearson
Title : Missing Pieces
Pages : 277
Publisher : Agora Books
Publication date : June 21, 2018


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?


Good grief. I am broken. Absolutely in bits.

The lovely ladies at Agora Books were kind enough to include the most thoughtful care package with this review copy, intent on dealing with your emotions while reading the debut novel by Laura Pearson. Now, I consider myself quite tough as boots so I laughed in the face of the “might make you ugly cry” warning. However, after reading just a few pages I already panicked, realising the tissues that were provided would not be sufficient at all.

Missing Pieces is written in two parts. Part one is set in the 1980’s. A time when Tom and his wife Linda are supposed to be happily awaiting the birth of their new baby. But something has happened and Linda is not the woman she used to be. She can’t stand her daughter, won’t even look at her husband and really, really doesn’t want this baby to be born at all.

Part two is set decades later, when daughter Bea discovers she’s pregnant. This prompts her to try and find out what happened all those years ago because the secrets and the guilt have affected this entire family. Even Bea, who has no memories of those days at all. And no, I’m not telling you why this family was torn apart. You don’t have to wait long to find out and I’m sure, like me and the Sadler family, you too will feel the impact to your very core.

This is an absolutely heartbreaking and devastating story about family, love, loss, grief and guilt. The Sadler family are highly realistic and believable characters and there is no hardship at all in becoming invested in them and feeling utterly bereft right alongside them. It’s hard to talk about them without giving anything away. My heart broke for Linda as she struggled to cope. Tom, who has his own issues to deal with, somehow manages to keep going, to take care of his family and despite showing he’s not at all perfect, he is the most wonderful father and the stories he tells his children managed to put a smile on my face, which was much needed!

Missing Pieces is beautifully written, highly moving and emotional. Even when I couldn’t see properly as the tears streamed down my face rivalling the force of the Niagara Falls, I couldn’t put this novel down. It is raw, it is devastating (yes, I’m aware I’ve used that word before but it is!) and yet, it’s wonderful and I absolutely loved it!

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know this family and even more so, to discover what an amazing new talent Laura Pearson is.

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads


Laura Pearson lives in Leicestershire with her husband and their two children. Missing Pieces is her first novel.

Author link : Twitter




  15 comments for “Missing Pieces by Laura Pearson @LauraPAuthor @AgoraBooksLDN #blogtour #MissingPieces

  1. tracyshephard
    June 23, 2018 at 9:48 am

    fab post.. this is on my reading list

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 23, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Wow! Compelling review. I have to check this out x


  3. June 23, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Wow fantastic review!


  4. June 23, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Fabulous review, I’ve bought this and can wait to read! 💖📚👍


  5. June 23, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Excellent review!! Definitely makes me want to read it. Going on my tbr right now.


  6. Yvo
    June 23, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Oh boy this does sound like a true tearjerker! Fab review.


  7. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark
    June 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    Beautiful review Eva! I love that they sent you tissue with the book! I have this one and I need to bump it up to read it sooner than later now! Thanks!💕


  8. June 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    This covers two of my fave topics, 80s and family secrets. Sounds pretty intense. I have this on my watchlist for sure.
    Awesome review!


  9. June 24, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Aww, brilliant review, so heartfelt! I love books with a strong emotional impact!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. ChrissiReads
    June 24, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    This book sounds amazing! I may have to add it to my TBR!

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 24, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Make sure you line up something light and fluffy for afterwards 😄


  11. June 24, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    You make me want to read it. At the same time, I’m afraid to read it, because I’m sure it’ll make me more than a little teary.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 24, 2018 at 8:55 pm

      It probably will. I don’t cry easily but this one really got me!


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