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This is an alternate Cover Edition for ISBN 13: 9781537794037.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 herThis is an alternate Cover Edition for ISBN 13: 9781537794037.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....

Title : Missing Parts
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Missing Parts Reviews

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    2018-11-22 00:31

    This was an OK read with plenty for me to be interested in and keep me wanting to read and explore more.In some cases it became a bit disjointed. Like I had been reading two books at once and tried to merge them.On the whole, a good plot.Guessable, but worth your time.I was gifted this book

  • Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
    2018-11-21 00:21

    "Now was the time for me to freak out, but I still felt nothing. Dr. Koven had just told me my daughter was suffering from a medical problem that had the potential to kill her, and I was numb. Maybe I was in shock. People responded to bad news differently all the time. I was sure any minute the emotional impact of the news would hit me. It had to. Until then, my job was to be there for David and Rori.".....Celeste has spent her life creating it to be just the way she wants. She's married, with a daughter. She has a career. She has mom friends that meet for dinner and gossip. David stays home to care for Rori, since Celeste is at work. He handles the play dates. She also has a secret she refers to as, "That Night." Celeste seems to have a pretty good life. Celeste grew up without her dad and wants more for her own child. She"ll do anything to protect the life she has created. Everything is about to be on the line when Rori becomes extremely sick. Celeste's reaction to the illness creates friction between her and her husband, David. There were things about Celeste's character I found unusual as a parent, but not necessarily unique to moms world wide. Many can have children, not everyone should. There's a complicated connection sometimes. It's created a chasm in her marriage.Is 4 year old Rori going to die? Will their marriage get through this trial? What lengths will Celeste go to protect her family? What happens when the details of "That Night" are finally revealed?The story had some shocking surprises! Definitely a psychological thriller you will enjoy. What is wrong with Celeste? I developed some empathy for her along the way. What has she done? Celeste has some "Missing Parts,"and those she love will suffer for it. Thank you Lucinda Berry, Rise Press Publishing.

  • Amy
    2018-12-02 17:40

    Full review on www.novelgossip.comI knew this one was right up my alley as soon as I read the blurb. A mother with secrets that’s willing to do anything to keep them quiet? I’m in! While I had a few minor issues with this one, overall I was pleased.Celeste is a wife and mother living a normal life in Los Angeles until her daughter gets seriously ill. It’s apparent right away that there is something off about Celeste and that’s she’s hiding something. Admittedly I figured out the bones of her secret fairly quickly, but there were details that were still surprising. After her secret is revealed, everything starts to crumble for her. At the end of Part One of this book, I was rather shocked. It was reminiscent of My Girl by Jack Jordan, but it didn’t have quite the same gut punch to the twist. It was still unexpected and appreciated though.Part two went in a direction that I wasn’t anticipating after the twist in part one. Celeste’s true character is shown and it wasn’t pretty. She’s extremely hard to like and she’s unreliable, but I don’t mind that at all. I’ve read plenty of books with unlikable narrators and enjoyed them and the same can be said here. This is a hard one to review because any details I would like to share regarding character development and plot structure would ruin it for everyone.Yes, I guessed some twists, but I wasn’t very disappointed and I think it’s because I was enjoying the ride so much. This is a read it in one sitting type of book and that’s exactly what I did. Berry’s potential as a writer is very clear and I would definitely pick up anything else she writes in the future. She’s a psychologist herself and I think this provided some fascinating insight and impacted the way she wrote this in a fantastic way.

  • BookNerdsBrainDump
    2018-12-08 21:40

    Short Take: I see what you (almost) did there…..**Note - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**I have been known to dip out of my preferred genres on occasion. Maybe I should spend more time reading Serious Literature, and less time with works that are scary or gory or fast-paced. I think that my tastes are skewed to the point where I might not be the best judge of what is “good”. And the whole time I was reading “Missing Parts”, I just couldn’t get past my own prejudices. I do want to say, up front, that Ms. Berry attempts to tackle some real, difficult, and timely issues with this book. Societal expectations of mothers are horrifically unfair even to the best of them, and for some women, difficulty in bonding with their children is a genuine issue that most people pretend doesn’t exist. So I have to commend the author for being willing to tackle some very uncomfortable truths.That said, this book was described to me as a thriller, similar to Gone Girl (we know how I feel about that particular comparison, right?), twisty, fast-paced, and so on. And I just didn’t see any of that. What I saw was “one terrible woman’s journey of self-discovery in which she learns nothing.”Celeste has a great life in LA - she’s a force to be reckoned with at work, has a perfect partner in stay-at-home dad David, a great group of supportive friends, and a four year old daughter. It’s quite picturesque. That is, until her daughter becomes deathly ill, and the secret that Celeste has been holding onto for years threatens everything in her life.On the surface, this sounds pretty good. The problem is that Celeste is, quite simply, terrible. We are assured repeatedly that she is very strong, and has always kept everything together, but in virtually every scene of the book, she’s having some kind of breakdown - crying, weeping, sobbing, tears streaming, eyes wet, and whatever other synonym for blubbering you can name. She also throws up frequently, complete with descriptions of the color & consistency. There’s even a bonus fainting spell.Celeste is pathologically selfish to a degree I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. A big chunk of the book is long, melodramatic, drawn-out exposition of her life, and I swear, the only part of her entire life in which she was happy is when she & her husband were first married, and she was 100% the center of attention in their little family. (I should add, everyone is miserable in all the flashbacks as well.) We’re talking about a person who joins AA, not because she has a drinking problem (not even remotely) but because hearing other people talk about the terrible things they’ve done makes her feel better about herself. Because it’s totally OK to use people in recovery as props, right? Seriously… who DOES that? There is a big reveal towards the end that should probably make her more sympathetic, but because a lot of it was telegraphed heavily early on, it didn’t have nearly as much impact. Knowing the Big Secret, without it being actually addressed for most of the book, rendered it almost meaningless. Had it been completely revealed up front, it might have made the rest of the story slightly more relatable. And that’s my other major issue - for all the pages in this book, there just isn’t much story. In fact, the main issues of the book (her child’s illness, possibly a terrible crime) are barely touched on for most of it. There’s a lot of exposition, and more navel-gazing than anything else. Celeste’s only thought for anyone, and I mean ANYONE else is “Gee, I hope they don’t think I’m a bad person!” There’s not one other person whose feelings are ever even considered, other than for the possibility that they might see Celeste as not-perfect.Sociopaths can be fun to watch, and narcissists can be fun to hate. But there’s hard to find much fun in someone who is just so empty of everything but self-pity.The Nerd’s Rating: TWO HAPPY NEURONS (and some anti-depressants. Please.)

  • Kendra
    2018-11-20 21:34

    Wow. What an emotional rollercoaster. I devoured this in one sitting.Oh. My. God.This book left me reeling for days! Days, I tell you!Celeste is a firecracker. She thinks she has it all until one incident blows her apart. She's strong, but she's weak. She's full of secrets, and she will definitely go to desperate lengths to keep them hidden. In my bout of PPD, I could relate to Celeste as she questions her ability to be a mother. But lots of moms do. I know we're not alone in that. This made Celeste relatable; however, there were other parts of her character I did question. All of the other characters were pretty much the same way. I could relate to each of them in one way or another. That usually doesn't happen, so that was wonderful.Dr. Lucinda Berry knows how to keep a reader on their toes! Some of the writing was super in-depth, which did contribute to the story. Other parts left out just enough to keep your imagination running.I must say, though, I did have certain parts of this figured out. Basically early on in the book. BUT. This book took me into twists and turns that I didn't see coming! So while I did guess (correctly) one of the main parts, the rest blew me away! Outstanding job with this one!

  • RutyB
    2018-11-18 20:22

    'Missing Parts' is an intriguing, catching and quite excellent story about how one decision can alter your whole life. This is one of those books you cannot put down and drags you into its pages only to release you once you finish.Celeste has built a life with the perfect family she couldn't have as a child. However, all her world crumbles when her daughter falls ill with a terrible disease. Little by little, we discover that there are secrets that could change everything. I have to say that I love the writing style, the author wrote a solid book with a strong background and thought of every detail. Celeste is a great character, I liked her despite her choices (whether you agree with her or not) because she is as human as any of us. Each chapter brings a new surprise and it's hard to stop reading. I really liked how dynamic the story is despite the dark tone of the story. There were minor things that were predictable but it still is a really good story.I highly recommend this book, if you like thrillers, mysteries and a bit of family drama, you should read this one. *** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. ***

  • SerialReader
    2018-11-22 00:48

    Missing Parts is a compelling reading.The rich cast of characters -each one well developed, deep and complex- delivers a deeply moving story about love, family and that one secret that will rip everybody apart.Well written and fast paced, it's perfect for a book club because people will take different things away from it and it will lead to meaningful conversations about mom/baby bonding, rape, role changing and family dimamics.

  • Lynn Perry
    2018-11-19 18:32

    Missing Parts: Missing Credible, Intereting Plot; Missing Sympathetic/Likeable Protaganist; Missing Any Reason To Recommend Reading ItHaving read 2 other books by this author which I very much enjoyed because of the complex psychological issues they dealt with as well as the realism with which the characters were depicted and the storylines developed, I was very dissapointed with this work ( which I've noted was published prior to the other 2). The main character of this story, Celeste, was not a particularly sympathetic (or likeable) character, which made it difficult for the reader to really care about her life spiraling downward. One development in her story that particularly bothered me, almost to the point of finding it offensive, was when she started attending AA meetings because she liked the companionship evidenced there and listenting to others' life stories. Celeste, whatever her problems, was not an alcoholic, however; and the author's inclusion of AA, given her background in psychology, as a vehicle for Celeste to "exploit" seriously undermined any integrity the story might have otherwise had - and was, in my opinion, somewhat of an "insult" to the AA mission. I did finish the book - and for those who might care, can say it did have a sorta happy ending, especially ( and unfortunately) for Celeste.

  • Vivian
    2018-12-07 00:28

    "....I worried about my sanity. My foundation was a house of cards built on sand and the slightest wind could send them tumbling down."After days in the hospital and a team of geneticists later, David and Celeste finally learn what has made their 6-year old daughter, Rori, incredibly sick. Rori was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder. David couldn't fathom how since they both had extensive testing done with their fertility doctor. "I remember he said something about Celeste being a carrier, but he said it wasn't possible to pass it on to our children unless I was a carrier and I don't have the gene." Dr. Wilcox looked David directly in the eyes and said that Dr. Keene was correct. It took a moment for him to register. Meanwhile, Celeste didn't know whether to run or lose her lunch right where she stood.David spewed abuse at Celeste, the likes of which she'd never heard him speak. After attempting to contact the "mistake" also known as Rori's biological father, she did the only thing she felt she could do now..... run. Becoming what she promised herself she'd never be. ~ a story of broken hearts yearning to mend. I did not expect the twist towards the end. Gripping, touching, honest and raw.

  • Sonya
    2018-11-23 20:45

    I'm so disappointed that I have read all of Lucinda Berry's books and there aren't anymore. I am not a real fast reader but I read all 4 of her books in about 3-4 weeks. I haven't read anything in a long time that made me want to stop what I "had" to get done and sit down and read. This book was no different.At first it started out a bit slow compared to her other ones. However, after a couple of chapters I was hooked. Like all her books I try to figure out where she is going to take us but I'm never able to figure it out. I like that. This story is about a family of three that seem to have it all. The only real issue is that Celeste has a hard time feeling that "motherly" feeling towards her daughter. Then her daughter Aurora becomes deathly ill and everything starts to fall apart for Celeste and David. I hate to say much more because it's at that point that I have no idea where Lucinda Berry is going to take us.If you haven't read any of her books, this book and her others are definitely worth reading. I'm hoping that she comes out with more soon!

  • malinda
    2018-11-21 16:45

    I actually really enjoyed this book. It shows the darker side if Motherhood and brings to light what society has made it impossible for some women to admit...they are bad mothers or don't want to be mothers. It also shows how one dark secret kept to ourselves can turn our lives upside down. How sometimes the wrong person ends up paying the price for someone else's evil. The author really makes you feel connected with our main character and your heart goes out to her despite the fact that she's far from perfect. If we could only find such nonjudgmental forgiveness in real life....really looking forward to discovering more from this author

  • Coreen Arioto
    2018-12-06 00:36

    Missing partsWhat a bazaar story. I couldn't image keeping all the secrets from someone I loved. How he could judge her when he treated her badly. Life is to short to lie and cheat in your everyday life. Happiest in life comes from love and honesty.

  • Amanda Walters
    2018-12-11 17:25

    I love it when I come across a book that I can't put down. This book was so good. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Even though having a little girl of my own I struggled to relate to the MC at times as I doubt I would have handled the situation the same kind of made me hate her, then love her and then understand her. So for that reason it gets 5* from me.

  • Rosie
    2018-12-05 00:37

    A good book is a book you love to hate. This is the way I feel about Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry. It is twisty, dark, and downright devastating at times. I kind of wish it was told by alternating points of view instead of just Celeste's. I really would have liked it to switch between Celeste and her husband's POV. That would have made the story even more interesting.Celeste is a mom and a wife. Her and her husband, David, tried for years to get pregnant and when Celeste finally did, she just didn't make a connection with her daughter. David ends up staying home with Rori while Celeste goes back to work. After Rori suddenly gets deathly ill, Celeste's life begins to unravel. Lies and secrets become a really uncomfortable reality.I like how at the beginning of the book, all of the moms are out to dinner just complaining about their lives. It is real and raw, it is how most moms feel. More women need to be honest about their new parent feelings. It changes you, your marriage, and your entire life. Real friends don't judge you, no matter what.There are so many shocking moments in Missing Parts. Some I sort of saw coming, and others made me want to yell and throw the book across the room. The beginning was good, the middle was just okay, and the end just pissed me off. Each chapter in the book is full of surprises. A day after finishing it, I am still agonizing over some of Celeste's decisions. This isn't a feel good book, and some would probably say the ending is far from happy. But not every story can end with happily ever after. Our choices not only affect our lives, but everyone else's life, too.

  • erika berry
    2018-11-14 17:30

    I really enjoyed this book. The plot is very well written and when you read it, the drama and emotions grab you. I will definitely read other books by this author.

  • Kate Puleo Unger
    2018-11-17 23:33

    I’m still not quite sure what to think about this book. It is almost like reading two different books. I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the story. Celeste was struggling to connect with her daughter. Many of the things she said or felt were things that I identified with or could empathize with because of things my husband had experience with our son. Her husband, David, is a stay at home dad, so he has always had the stronger relationship with Rori, their daughter. When Rori gets sick, he’s devastated and doesn’t understand why Celeste isn’t more concerned. Celeste has a secret she’s too afraid to reveal, but then it all comes out anyway.Then the book shifts. Something huge happens and Celeste changes. I don’t want to give too much away, but it felt like I was suddenly reading a different book. The psychological elements that Lucinda Berry (who is in fact a psychologist) explores are very interesting, just not at all what I was expecting. I had a harder time connecting with Celeste during the second half of the book. I wanted to get back to the original story line.The writing is great, and I think Berry achieved what she set out to do with this book. It just took me a long time to get through it, and I sort of lost interest and had to just power through. If you’re a fan of books with unreliable narrators, you may enjoy this one more than I did. It’s well executed.

  • Tracy Thomas
    2018-12-09 18:32

    *I received this book for free, in exchange of an honest review, the opinions below are of my own*I am torn with me feelings about this book. I feel like it would have been better, as Book One, and Book Two, not Part One, and Part Two. I honestly felt like I had just read two different books, binded together. I am not 100% sure if that's a good thing. The Narrator is a bit un-reliable if you don't like that sort of thing, that this book is not for you. As a mother, I can appreciate the raw honesty that is in this book, regarding Celeste and the choices that she made. Sure a lot of them pissed me off, and left me very angry. But much like real life, not everyone is perfect. There are a couple good shock factors to this book, and some that you see coming, but I think the Author did a great job, and with all that said, I did enjoy reading and reviewing this book.

  • Helen-Marie Rivera
    2018-11-13 16:25

    stay tuned for review!

  • Jennifer Kirkwood (Levac)
    2018-12-07 17:33

    review to come soon