A totally heartbreaking and absolutely gripping page-turner.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
Broken Heart Syndrome: A sudden and acute form of heart failure, brought on by emotional or physical distress.
After years of studying cardiac medicine, thirty-one-year-old Keisha knows the heart inside out. She knows the average heartrate for each age group, she can name every valve, and she can tell you exactly how much blood it pumps daily.
The one thing she doesn’t know is how to fall in love. And nor does she want to. The secret her tattoo covers is a reminder that the best way to protect a heart is to never let it feel in the first place…
Seventy-nine-year-old Clive is Subject Five in Keisha’s latest research project. He’s been in love since he was seventeen, ever since he met Nancy at a tea dance. But last night, his beloved wife was killed. Suddenly, he has no one to waltz with. He has woken up in hospital, a widower diagnosed with Broken Heart Syndrome.
These strangers, brought together by a broken heart, must face up to the truth of their pasts. Can Clive teach his new friend that until you’ve loved, you haven’t lived? And can Keisha help him see that it’s never too late for a second chance?
For anyone who has ever felt the pang of heartbreak and feared you might never heal again, this beautiful tale teaches us how to dust ourselves off and seek happiness again. Fans of Jojo Moyes, Josie Silver and Rosie Walsh will love this moving and uplifting story.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
The Missing Piece by Catherine Miller is a piece of contemporary fiction with some quirky and endearing characters.
The book has short chapters alternating between the perspectives of Keisha and Clive. Keisha has a clinical voice. Her deadpan observations about her surroundings and the people with whom she works and lives, results in a humorous read. On the other hand, Clive is a cantankerous, old man learning to be his old, jocular self after losing his wife.
Both have traumatic pasts. The story unraveled their pasts and simultaneously allowed me to know both personally.
However, I liked Keisha more than Clive. I could relate to her more. This is because The Missing Piece describes the anxiety that Keisha suffers from extremely well. Much of the book is a slow burn, focusing on how Clive and Keisha lead their lives, and how Clive is getting back to normal life. This slow pace helped me realize Keisha’s struggle with anxiety and her need to maintain strict routines in her life. I could understand her insecurities and her fear of tasting happiness once more.
Further, the friendship between Clive and Keisha is refreshing to read which later develops into fatherly affection for Keisha on Clive’s part.
Among the secondary characters, I liked Tess the best. Moreover, I felt the romance in this book to be a hasty affair. I was more invested in the mystery of what happened to Keisha and Clive than in Keisha’s romance with George.
The mystery of the protagonists’ past is not revealed until the very last. Besides, the climax is emotional.
To conclude, The Missing Piece by Catherine Miller is a good book. I was just expecting more.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction || Pages: 303 || Published on 28th October 2020 by Bookouture
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When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016.
Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Since then she’s had four novels published.