Verdict: FAMILY PIECES is a beautifully crafted, tender story about human nature, relationships and piecing together your family.
There are two protagonists in this engrossing, touching story about family and secrets. First up is twenty-one-year-old Karsen Wood, whose fairytale world is falling apart.
She is reeling after the sudden death of her mother and she has also broken up with the guy of her dreams. On her visit home to attend the funeral, Karsen discovers that the charm on her mother’s necklace – a puzzle piece – designed to lock into place with other family members, does not fit into the charm belonging to her father, as though there is another piece missing. As Karsen sets out to solve the mystery, she stumbles upon some astonishing information while finding out that history sometimes has a way of repeating itself.
Addison Reynolds, the second protagonist, is a high-powered CEO of one of the world’s top fashion magazine. Reynolds’ adoptive mother is undergoing cancer treatment, which opens up a pondering about her past.
Author Misa Rush has worked magic with what could have been a cookie cutter plot. Rush works the well-organized plot from the angle of two protagonists, moving back and forth between the two, slowing weaving together the two lives and all their loose ends, and throwing in some twists that tweak all the emotions from grief and rage to fear and joy.
The narrative is straightforward and basic, but Rush’s diverse range of characters are well developed, their personalities, relationships with one another and quests are palpable and make for an absorbing, fast-paced read.
FAMILY PIECES is a beautifully crafted, tender story about human nature, relationships and piecing together your family.
Reviewed by Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader