Sarah Quinlan’s husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate, Iowa, where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalized in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded.Upon arriving in Penny Gate, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago—barely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia’s accident begin to surface, Sarah realizes that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack’s past. But the farther in she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.


“Intelligent, thought-provoking…. If there’s such a thing as a ‘thoughtful thriller,’ this is it.”

–Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“An action packed thriller… Gudenkauf’s best book yet!”

–Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl and Pretty Baby

“An emotional roller coaster of suspense that will keep you guessing until the final page is turned.”

–Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter People

“Whodunit suspense with smart unraveling of family secrets tangled up in hidden motives and lies of omission…. Gudenkauf has written another terrific book.”

–Tawni O’Dell, New York Times bestselling author of the Oprah Book Club pick Back Roads

“Missing Pieces offers multi-faceted characters centered around suspicion, mistrust, and suspense which is sure to whet the mystery lover’s appetite.”

-Reader to Reader

“This fast-paced read will appeal to fans of psychological suspense like that by Joy Fielding.”


MISSING PIECES was selected as a February Indie Next Pick!

“Gudenkauf once again weaves her magic, drawing readers into her latest work. Missing Pieces is a story of dark family secrets that have multiplied over the years, eroding the trust and love between husbands and wives, siblings, parents, and children. Gudenkauf uses deliberate pacing, skillful character development, and even the old nursery rhyme ‘Three Blind Mice’ to bring this thriller to a perfect, stunning ending.”

–Nancy Simpson-Brice, The Book Vault, Oskaloosa, IA