- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Seal Books (Nov. 30 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0770429661
- ISBN-13: 978-0770429669
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,984,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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
Therapist Kate Sinclair expertly deals with her Palm Beach clients, but her own family is flying apart. Her delusional half-sister Jo Lynn, who marries and divorces abusers, is now obsessed with Colin Friendly, an accused serial rapist-killer. Sara, Kate's wily and buxom daughter, escalates teen rebellion to new heights, seeking the unstable Jo Lynn for support, and Kate's husband of 24 years retreats into avoidance. When Robert, an old flame, turns up the heat by offering Kate her own therapy show on one of his radio stations, her prim assisted-living mother wigs out. Kate worries that if she keeps giving pieces of herself away, there won't be anything left. The suspense intensifies when Colin escapes from prison and threatens Sara. Best-selling author Fielding (Don't Cry Now, LJ 3/15/95) conjures up three-dimensional characters with fresh, rapier-like dialog. Although her spirited humor flags occasionally from credibility-straining exaggeration, devoted fans will gobble up the story and savor the tasty imagery: "sleep was curled around her voice, like a kitten in a basket." Enthusiastically recommended for library patrons.
-?Molly Gorman, San Marino, Cal.
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.
The novel starts as Jo Lynn, who's been married several times to abusive men, decides she wants to marry a man on trial for the murder of thirteen women. She decides to marry him after seeing his picture in the paper and deciding he was good-looking. To Kate's dismay, Jo Lynn also manages to drag Kate's rebellious daughter into the situation. At the same time, Kate's mother starts showing signs of Alzheimer's disease and Kate has to deal with that with no help from Jo Lynn and little help from her distant husband. Kate's old boyfriend also shows up in town and starts making advances.
There are several little character interactions that keep the book going. Kate's got a lot on her mind, so the book doesn't spend a lot of time on one problem before looking at a different problem. The characters, though stereotypical, are three-dimensional and interesting. The plot line isn't outstanding but it isn't bad either. Everything leads up to a predictable (and satisfying) conclusion.
I would recommend this book to someone who didn't want to read anything heavy, just something light that they wouldn't have to think about after finishing it.
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.
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