I have received a free e-copy of the book Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry to review.
Here is the book blurb.
Growing up abandoned by her father and raised by a single mother, Celeste was determined to create the perfect family, but even perfect families have secrets. Celeste’s days are filled with a rewarding career, a devoted husband, and her four-year-old daughter. Only Celeste knows the precarious house of cards her family is built upon until the day her daughter falls critically ill. Celeste’s world quickly spirals out of control as her secret threatens to destroy her marriage, family, reputation, and sanity. She’ll go to any lengths to protect her family—take any risk, break any law—anything except tell the truth.
Missing Parts carries readers to the darkest corners of the human psyche. It’s a book that must be discussed once it’s finished because of all the heart-wrenching questions it poses about the fierce bonds uniting families and the deceit that can rip them apart.
Straightaway in chapter 1 we get to know that Celeste has a long-time secret from her husband David which she refers to as “That Night”. Shortly afterwards her 4 year old daughter Rori gets critically ill as her kidneys start failing. The doctors diagnose a rare kidney disease which is inherited from both parents. But only Celeste carries the gene, not David. The doctors want to do a blood test on the biological father as a possible kidney match. Celeste’s world is caving in.
With everything out of control and unable to cope, Celeste goes on the run for many months. All she sees is images of blood and David’s hate. She has no idea whether her actions have also denied her daughter’s recovery. We get snippets relating to the secret, but it is not until towards the end of the book that we get to fully understand what happened on “That Night”. I’m not going to say anything else but there is plenty more to come in this gripping tale, which even revisits Celeste’s memories of her childhood.
Missing Parts is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback or £2.45 in Kindle format. A great gripping read with plenty of twists. Highly recommended. I’m now waiting for Lucinda’s next novel Phantom Limb to be published.
The author, Dr. Lucinda Berry’s background is as unique as her story. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, specializing in trauma. She is the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. She uses her experience to create compelling tales that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.