Missing Parts, by Lucinda Berry
Reading solo is dated. Book Clubbing is the new trend. Everyone has one these days: from Oprah to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Even Hollywood stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham love to share their book recommendations on socials.
I love book clubs and –besides running my own called Serial Readers Book Club– I am on a whole bunch of others: fantasy, true crime, horror.. the Goodreads community perfectly satisfies my appetite as avid reader. Just the other day I was in the middle of the search for one of the next read to suggest on the Serial Readers when I stumble upon a new release called Missing Parts by Lucinda Berry, and after reading it I immediately thought how amazing would be to discuss it with other readers.
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.
Missing Parts is a compelling reading, very emotional either. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Dr. Lucinda Berry used her clinical experience as the Assistant Director of Evidence-based Practice at UCLA’s National Center for Child Traumatic Stress to create this fascinating tale that blur the lines between fiction and nonfiction.
The rich cast of characters -each one well developed, deep and complex- delivers a deeply moving story about love, family and hidden secrets.. those secrets that can (and will) rip everybody apart.
Well written and fast paced, Missing Parts is just perfect for a book club because people will take different things away from it, and it will also lead to meaningful conversations. Exploring the extraordinary yet mysterious mom / baby bonding, talking about rape and victim blaming, family dynamics and new beginnings.