Pieces

Adult
Rated 4.63/5 based on 16 reviews
Angelique isn’t a killer, not truly—but witnessing the murder of her best friend and discovering that the killer’s identity is missing from her memory sends her moral compass spinning wildly out of control. She must remember-before Det. Ben Marsden learns that the person behind the city’s string of bizarre killings, and the woman he's fallen helplessly in love with, are one and the same.

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About Julia Dudek

Julia Dudek lives with her fiance and two wonderful children in New Jersey. She graduated from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey with a degree in Historical Studies, and from Monmouth University with a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Julia has received numerous awards for her writing while in college, most notably The Ignie LaFluer Endowed Scholarship Award for her short story, “The Color of Homage.” Pieces, her first novel, spent multiple months as a best-selling thriller on Smashwords. Falling in Two is the sequel to Pieces, and Julia is currently working on another stand-alone project to be released next year.

Julia has been a professional writer for twelve years, and currently writes marketing content for an engineering firm when she's not writing fiction. You can follow her on Twitter @JuliaDudek.

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Reviews

Mirella Banfi reviewed on on Oct. 18, 2011

Dark and interesting, I recommend it.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Michele reviewed on on Sep. 27, 2011

Pathetic
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Donna D. reviewed on on Aug. 11, 2011

While many mystery and suspense novels are just the same stories being told and retold, it isn't often I come across a novel that does something so "original". Dudek takes a dark new approach to the "forbidden love story" with a colorful and fluid writing style that paints every scene in vivid detail. I absolutely could not put it down. Emotional, vibrant, tragic and beautiful. A stunning piece, and I look forward to the sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Mike Gill reviewed on on Oct. 16, 2010

Overall a good book and worth the read. The whole "beauty queen genius" befriends "hard-working and struggling wall flower" was a little too much stretch for me. Still worth the read, though.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
phyreskull reviewed on on July 13, 2010

Very well-written book. I'm definitely looking forward to a sequel. Absolutely flawless and highly recommended!
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
Angeldove reviewed on on May 29, 2010

Great book, intriguing!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Wordy Bob reviewed on on April 23, 2010

Pieces was a great book. The story was quite intriguing and original. I can't wait to read the sequel!
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
The1silverwolf reviewed on on Jan. 31, 2010

Fantastic book. First class writing. I couldn't stop reading. Now I can't wait for the sequel!!! If you are considering buying this book do yourself a favor and get it now!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
amelia bruszewski reviewed on on Jan. 27, 2010

I couldn't put this bookdown. It almost cost me my job. This has the most suspenseful storyline. I am at awe with this writer and it leaves me wanting more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
visionchild reviewed on on Jan. 18, 2010

In one of the best ‘vengeance’ stories I have ever read, Julia Dudek introduces us to the fascinating, yet haunting life of Angelique McCourt; a beautiful, intelligent first year med student who has spent her life dealing with issues of self-esteem due to her extensive photographic memory. After initially struggling with the rigors of a new life; a new home, a new roommate, and the overwhelming feeling of being a ‘cheater’, Angelique witnesses the brutal murder of her best friend. Now she is faced with a challenge that has never been bestowed upon her – although the only witness to the heinous crime, she loses her biggest asset … her memory, which inhibits her ability to identify the killer. Unable to help the lovesick Detective Ben Mardsen track the killer, Angelique must now face the demons of her own subconscious and start her own lethal investigation in order to bring her memory back, and bring her best friend’s killer to justice.

One of the greatest strengths a writer can have is the ability to bring the book to life. It’s important to find a way to enable the reader to become part of the story and actually feel like they’re a part of it. Julia Dudek makes this happen brilliantly in her debut novel. Her attention to detail is some of the best I’ve ever read. It’s unfortunate that this story has a final page because I can’t remember the last time I read a book that I didn’t want to end ... eventually. This is the type of story that completely sucks you in to the point where you can actually feel the emotions of all the characters, both main and supporting - the love, the hate, the anger, the humor, the mental anguish, the sadness, and even the need for vengeance after a brutal attack on a loved one.

Julia is a wonderful story teller and her writing is nothing short of extraordinary. If you only have a few dollars left in your pocket and you really feel the need to buy something … buy this book. You won’t regret it. 5 huge stars for Julia Dudek’s debut novel, ‘Pieces’.


Dan Fitzpatrick (aka, The Visionchild)
Author of Vision Evan’s Book and VisionII: The Black Skull
www.dansvisionproductions.com
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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