Missing Pieces Mass Market Paperback – Nov 30 2004
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From School Library Journal
YA?Fielding's novelistic version of "Ten Stupid Things Women Do to Mess Up Their Lives" is almost a send-up of topics heard on advice shows. The heroine, a professional family counselor, has the hots for her old high school flame even though she is happily married to a wonderful, caring guy. She refuses to see that her mother is becoming senile and her teenage daughter is rebelling; in addition, her airhead sister marries an imprisoned serial killer to whom she becomes attracted while attending his trial. Once the tabloids move on from this sensational story, Sis helps her killer husband escape from prison only to become his ultimate victim. The desire to wring all of the characters' silly necks is strong, but the author does it first, while at the same time pointing out their motivations for being so foolish. Despite possible disgust with these women's behavior, readers will find that Fielding's writing keeps them turning the pages, and good sense prevails in the end.?Judy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Kate Sinclair has problems: her sister is marrying a man accused of serial murder, she can't handle her rebellious daughter or addled mother, and a slick talker on whom she had a crush in high school has just reappeared. It's enough to send Kate to the therapist's couch?if she weren't already a therapist. Expect hard-hitting promotion for this new novel from the author of See Jane Run (LJ 3/15/91).
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Kate is a shrew to her poor, long suffering husband. She acts stupid and irrational. Why did he put up with her? She treats her daughter Sara like dirt. She makes that monkey Michelle sound like perfection, when Michelle is really just a nasty little girl. No wonder people didn't like her either. She has to be the big boss with her sister and run the show all the darn time. Katie was just a dictator, a tyrant and a lying hypocritcal fool.
The way she installed her Alzheimer's mother in Sara's room was mean. Why didn't Monkey Michelle ever make sacrifices? She was such a lying little con artist.
Kate was not a character one could like. Her sister was. However, I did have trouble with the ironically named "Colin Friendly," the jailed murderer Kate's sister is so enamored with. The name was a gross misnomer and the character was a stereotypical villian.
Kate was not a competent psychiatrist. Even Lucy with her cardboard booth would have been a better choice. The fictional Lucy only charged a nickel for her "services" and as far as we know, never divulged anything her "clients" said in confidence.
I did not find much mystery in the book about what was going to happen; and, even tho we are dealing throughout with a gruesome serial killer, I did not find it a serious thriller. You might want to read the book to find out why.
The book is loosely written as a soap opera diary, and for me it is too realistic about the day-to-day problems we encounter in real life. The book describes problems with Kate's children (not especially interesting children), problems with alzheimers of a parent, whether to have an affair or not, etc.
I like a book that I can escape into that takes me away from the here and now and lets me experience someone else's interesting life. Kate Sinclair, the main protagonist, with so many personal problems which she does not handle well, is a therapist who I believe should probably have her professional license pulled.
In reading this book, Kate's family problems (and even her patients' problems) are fairly common and realistic problems. So common, that I could not help but find myself considering my life experiences as it went along. Only briefly at the very end of the book was any there any mystery about the outcome of the book. Little surprise for me.
I rate it 4 stars because not only did I finish it (always good for 3 stars), I found the book was good enough that I kept reading, and looking for the mystery & thriller, even while I was aware it would not be there for me.
If you like well-written lifelike "Soap Opera" with little thriller or mystery, this book is for you.
I know Joy Fielding can do better in the mystery and thriller department from past books I've read.
Kate's husband Larry is a gentle, self-effacing man who lets her ride roughshod all over him. I didn't like the way Kate tried to pick a fight with him over nothing. She said their daughter Sara's teacher called and when Larry understandably wanted to know what she [the teacher] had to say, Kate lambastes him for assuming the teacher is a woman. Turns out the teacher is female and Kate does not let up on Larry for the rest of the evening. She is a shrew and an impossible plague. Larry wisely did not take her bait. He was an adult to her tantrumming child.
Michelle is a phony. I hate her. I hated the way Kate played favorites and treated Sara like Cinderella. She moves her mother into Sara's room, beats Sara instead of telling her that she knows Sara sneaked off to her aunt's wedding and waves Michelle in her face like a funky flag. Michelle is a goody 2 shoes and a phony creep. I hate her. Too bad Kate didn't catch onto her sooner. Michelle is about as trustworthy as a fox in a chicken house or a truck full of rats. She's devious and has a heart of stone and is always calculating some way to worm her way into somebody's heart and use them to her advantage. Michelle should be flushed away. Sara is a rebel, but that is part of her age. She is railing against the favoritism shown to stinky Michelle and she feels her aunt is the only person who cares about her. I didn't care much for Kate, but she was OK when she acted like an adult from time to time instead of trying to pick arguments with people.
Most recent customer reviews
This book as ok. Very hard to get through. Found it quite boring until the end. Wish it had more suspense.Published on March 18 2013 by A
I disagree with someone else's opinion that the story is too absurd. Yes, the main character's family is anything but stable... Read morePublished on Dec 7 2007 by Babbara
The premise for this book is so absurd I can hardly believe there was a story to go with it. After reading Fielding's 5 star GRAND AVENUE, I wanted to read everything she has... Read morePublished on April 23 2002 by Denise Holmes
Although this story was a tad implausible, it held my interest. Psychiatrist Kate Sinclair is a master at helping strangers straighten out their issues, but she has quite a few on... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2000 by BeatleBangs1964
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. Held my attention to the very end. Sure, the lead character is a therapist, but she is also human. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2000 by Paula Emeigh
Missing Pieces is a light and predictable suspense novel. The characters are mostly stereotypes. We have Kate, the family therapist, whose own family is falling apart and who is... Read morePublished on July 3 2000 by HH
When I was looking for some good books of suspense on my usual bookshop, I never imagined I was going to buy the best suspense book I've ever read. Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2000 by Marco Aurelio
The story itself wasn't as interesting as its title was. It is mainly about a family therapist, Kate Sinclair, who struggles with her defiant teenage daughter, her stepsister who... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2000