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on Feb. 18, 2012 :
So let me just get this out of the way..... wow Wow WOW!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK! I couldn't put it down and read if all in about 24 hours. That ought to tell you something! So this book is about a girl, who goes with her family to meet her father returning from war. While they are waiting in the train station, her little brother gets loose from her hand in a split second and is gone without a trace. A brother who is only 4 years old. A son who his father has never even gotten to meet. A mothers child, who at the loss of him, shatters her heart and leaves her lost and wondering herself.
This book isn't only about the loss of little Jimmy, but its how his family struggles with that loss, mainly his sister Katie. This is her life, growing up without him. Wondering where he is, or who he would be. Trying to make a place for herself in a world where his loss leaves a dark mist over everything. I really don't want to give too much away because it would totally ruin this for you. Please just trust me when I saw YOU WANT TO READ THIS! Seriously!
Katie's life is hard, but she is strong and pushes ahead. She gives everything she can to make a life for herself. She tries so hard to live a life with some normalcy. Can you imagine being a young girl and loosing your brother? How would you cope with the wondering, the not knowing? How would you handle to reporters and the papers, even your friends asking questions? I expect that I wouldn't make it through life nearly as well as Katie. I don't know that I would have the strength to make myself push through school and accell academically. Not only does she make it through elementary and high school, she goes through college and even graduate school. Always searching for answers to unanswered questions, trying to find a way to understand it. Trying to figure out what would make a person do such a thing.
Will she ever get the answers that she is looking for? Will be be able to open herself up to the prospects of being in a relationship, getting married and possibly even having a child of her own after living with the fear that the loss of her brother was her fault? Will her brothers kidnapper ever be brought to justice? Well, I guess you will just have to read and find out for yourself!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 18, 2011 :
"Scattered Pieces" by Alice Lynn, is a poignant, beautifully crafted novel that successfully captures all the human faults and qualities leaving the reader emotionally intertwined and deeply moved by its characters.
"Scattered Pieces" is a literary achievement!
Veronica Esagui, DC, author, publisher, TV host of "The Authors Forum."
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 07, 2011 :
There are times when a single event can change a person's life forever. If it occurs in their latter years, the impact, though not lessened, finds fewer days upon which to cast its shadow. Scattered Pieces begins on May 15, 1946 when eight-year-old Katie Harris feels her younger brother Jimmy's fingers slip from hers in a crowded train station. He disappears. What follows in this nimbly penned novel is not as much an examination of the case, as a study of the effect of one split second on the lives of Katie and her family and friends. It is a book that I tried numerous times to put down at the end of a chapter only to find myself involved, concerned, and curious enough to keep turning pages. Lynn does a solid job of introducing complex psychological concepts and uses a well mixed and believable group of characters to portray human quarks and foibles akin to those we see in our own tribes. I was moved throughout the book by the depth of Katie's emotional struggles as she tried to maneuver through her life with the weight of her enormous and painfully human guilt. Scattered Pieces has it all, crime fiction, psychological drama, romance, mystery, and even some fairly comprehensive explanations of painting styles. Add this to your 'to read' list, but make sure you have the time to do just that!
(reviewed the day of purchase)