Missing Pieces - Tim Weaver

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

Rebekah Murphy knows too much . . .
She knows she's alone on an abandoned island with a killer on her trail.
She knows that to get home, she must live to understand why this is happening.
She knows someone tried to kill her for a secret.
What she doesn't know is what that secret is . . .
Detective Frank Travis doesn't know enough . . .
He doesn't know where to find Louise Mason.
He doesn't know how and why she vanished into thin air three months ago.
He doesn't know the identity of the man last seen talking to her.
What he does know is that he retires in one week - and if he doesn't find out where Louise went, no one will . . .
What neither Rebekah nor Detective Travis realize is that each holds a missing piece from the same puzzle - and it will cost them everything to finally solve it . . .

My Thoughts:

This was different, engaging and utterly thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat, reading this, and my heart was leaping out of my chest most of the time in fear. I thought it would take me ages to read this with it being a bit of a beast at 512 pages long. However, I literally devoured it. I just couldn’t put it down; I shirked all my responsibilities for a few days to get this read.
I know a lot of people will say that the various time jumps could be confusing. However, I really enjoyed them; the sections were concise and fast-paced. You were jumping all over the place, but at the same time, the reality was unfolding at the same pace. It did get confusing at some points as the book’s formatting hadn’t been completed (as I read it as an ARC), so there were times when a new paragraph hadn’t been started, yet we were in a different time and place. However, this didn’t ruin my reading experience, and I’m sure this will be sorted for the final proof.
The story was really different from anything I’ve read before, and I loved imagining Crow Island. I don’t think I could quite get my head around the size of it. It was only when Rebekah says she ran a loop of 26 miles that I really fathom its enormity.
There are small cliff hangers at the end of some sections, really making you rush through the book so you could be back in that time frame and learn more.
I had no idea why anything was happening or how all the different threads would come together. They do. Everything is tied up at the end, and even though it is quite overcomplicated, it does all settle down to a full conclusion. I was a little disappointed in the reasoning behind everything; I think I wanted something a little more sinister as compensation for what Rebekah had endured. However, I did enjoy the book as a whole. The characters are very well developed and interesting. Rebekah’s strength never ceased to amaze me.
I’ve only read one other book by Tim Weaver, book 10 in his David Raker series, and I’ve not had the chance yet to go back to the beginning. So I was really excited that he had brought out a stand-alone novel that I could request on NetGalley. It gave me the chance to experience this fantastic author once again. I highly recommend this book, and I really must find the time to start the Raker series from the beginning!

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Missing Pieces
by Tim Weaver
Date Started
15th February 2021
Date Finished
17th February 2021
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