Today I'm pleased to be part of the blog tour for Heather Gudenkauf's new book Missing Pieces! Here, she talks about her inspiration for the book, and I'll be reviewing it ASAP! Happy reading!
I’ve long been intrigued by news accounts documenting the shock and surprise loved ones experience when they learn that a loved one wasn’t quite the person they thought they were. I trusted him implicitly, says the woman whose husband has a secret family. She was always a reliable, hardworking employee, says the boss of the woman who embezzled thousands. While I was writing my novel, even in my hometown, there was the case of a purportedly normal family man who was accused of shooting a family member over fifteen times. Police arrived to find him sitting in a chair in his living room, with a bag of ammunition and gun cleaning supplies sitting next to him. “You think you know your neighbors, but you don't. You just never know," commented a woman who lived next-door to him. How could you be so wrong about the person sleeping next to you, sitting next to you or living next door to you?
In MISSING PIECES, years after her husband left his hometown and tragic childhood behind, a middle of the night phone call propels Sarah and Jack back to the past that he has long avoided. Sarah is determined to be there for her husband of two decades and the father of her twin daughters and to be a supportive loving wife. But when the stark reality of Jack’s childhood begins to come to light Sarah has to make a decision. She has to decide whether to ignore the nagging doubts about her husband or to dig for the truth knowing that whatever she uncovers could mean the end of her marriage and possibly cost Sarah her life.