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All the Lovely Pieces

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  3,179 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Motherly love can drive her to the absolute edge…

For nine years, Drew Baker has been running from her brutal husband and the dark deeds of the night she left him. Focused on protecting her ten-year-old son, Drew reluctantly settles into a small town, eager to find proof of her husband’s true nature so she can stop looking over her shoulder.

But Drew is also on the run from
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible
Nope, no, not my thing.

The characters weren't developed enough for me to remain fully engaged. The romance was tiresome yet rushed and trite.

I finished it but it felt like work, not fun.

Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, yeah, this was such a good thriller! So dark and so twisted!
Being a huge fan of thriller and mystery books I had to pick this one up and read it and I wasn't disappointed. I think the plot is very good, the action is fabulous, even the characters blend perfectly in the action.
All the right pieces in the right places!
Be careful though! The book is also huge in controlling alpha males and abused women in relationships. Even though the book is more focused on the escape of the woman and the c
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars for J.M. Winchester's first thriller, All the Lovely Pieces

Drew is on the run from her psychotic, abusive husband, Adam. The world thinks she is a murderer and a kidnapper but there is nothing she wouldn't do to keep her son, Michael, safe and away from Adam. Having suffered mental, physical and psychological abuse Drew is desperately trying to keep one step ahead of Adam while building some semblance of a normal life for herself and Michael. But she knows the only way she can ever tru
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you try to drown your sorrows......they eventually learn how to swim.

Drew is on the run. Period.

She and her nine year old son, Michael, have lived in the dark shadows since almost the day of his birth. But this time they've come upon a small town in Missouri with a highly ironic name. Liberty. Drew hasn't felt one iota of release since they left Seattle on that fateful day.

Adam was suppose to be a haven of strength for Drew when she first met him through her father. He recognized her art tale
This is a dark and twisted psychological thriller about a woman, Drew Baker and her son on the run from an abusive, controlling husband. And what a monster he is. Adam Crenshaw, rich and powerful, the CEO of a tech company he worked his charm on Drew until she fell in love with him and married him. But after the wedding he started controlling her movements, what she wore, who she saw and when she became pregnant made her give up her fledgling career as an artist. After the baby arrived, he hired ...more
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
All the Lovely Pieces is the debut psychological thriller written under the name J.M. Winchester. I’ve known J.M.’s work as Jennifer Snow for some time. She writes sweet contemporary romance. I have to admit I wasn’t prepared for this. I knew it would be different from what I’d grown used to but Wow! This is one of those mess with your mind, keep you up at night books. I finished it at about 11:30 last night and could not go to sleep afterwards. I think I need to read something all warm and fuzz ...more
Julie (JuJu)
“All the lovely pieces fall to the floor . . .”

The first thriller for J.M. Winchester. It’s hard to believe her usual genre is romance. It really was time to let out that dark and twisted alter ego. Fabulous job...can’t wait to read more!

Winchester takes her time, as she slowly reveals each main character’s connection in this crazy and intricate storyline. The mysterious Catherine was an elusive puzzle piece that she dangled for quite some time, before finally revealing her spot.

Drew and her so
This book felt like a life time movie. It's not award winning but it was compelling enough to keep me interested until the end.

At times, I felt the plot was slowed down by a lot of repetitive and unnecessary detail and the ending was a bit over the top. However, underneath all of that was the makings of a half way decent thriller. I just wish there had been a bit more character development for Michael.
Linda Strong
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Drew Baker and her son, Michael, have been running for nine very long years ..always looking over her shoulder for the abusive man she knows will find her and kill her.

She married a billionaire and he promised to love and honor. Nothing was said about being locked in a room while entertaining the 'nanny' in their bedroom or having to deal with non-stop mental, physical, sexual abuse.

When one beating was enough to land her in a hospital, no one believed that her well-known husband had done this
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The blurb for this book states that ‘J.M.Winchester is the alter ego of an author who usually writes ‘happy ever after’s but her fascination with the workings of an evil mind compelled her to write this book’
Her fascination paid off 😵 as she has indeed created quite a scary, evil psychological thriller
Based around domestic abuse, parts of the book do have fairly vivid and disturbing descriptions of this, with an added throw in of ‘Oedipus complex’ and ‘Nanny fixation’ it makes for a very dark re
Holy Hades! This was one heck of a mind trip! I’m not sure there is any coming back from this crazy, insane, twisted journey this author just took me on.


How do you even begin to review a book that has literally held you on the edge of your seat for HOURS, all while feeling like you’ve been shaken repeatedly, given a slight reprieve, only to be yanked up and tossed again?


From the very first page, every word draws a clear and precise picture of uncertainty, fear, and terror as we follow the stor
My main issues with this book were all character related. Honestly, I didn't feel any connection to any of them...even Drew, the wife and mother who is on the run from her psychopath and abusive husband Adam for many years, failed to incite any sympathy. Also, I kept wondering why did Adam specifically pick Drew for his twisted 'experiment' which all began by him chauffeuring her from the airport as part of their first meeting (considering he is the billionaire tycoon for whom Drew's father work ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
All the Lovely Pieces had enormous potential. The story was fairly dark and mildly twisty, but unfortunately, didn't really push any boundaries. It's as though the author, J.M. Winchester wanted this to be super violent and gritty--perhaps she was inspired by authors such as Karin Slaughter or Jennifer Hillier...but seemed unable to force herself into that head space. Details, important ones, were glossed over and left open to interpretation, and there were big gaps in the timeline which really ...more
Megan L (Iwanttoreadallthebooks)
All The Lovely Pieces by J.M. Winchester is a suspenseful, thrilling novel. For nine years, Drew has been running away from her cruel husband Adam. She finally settles down with her son Michael in a small town, hoping that Adam won't find them there by finding proof of who her husband truly is. While she is running from her husband, she is also running from the police. She knows that she committed a crime on the night she ran away but she only has vague memories of what really happened. When her ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book! Drew and her son Micheal have been running since Michael was born. For 9 years Drew has been running from her husband Adam. Adam is a very powerful abusive man. Drew must keep moving to stay alive and safe with Michael. Then they move into a small town and everything changes.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I usually avoid domestic thrillers like the plague.

And if I do indulge in them, I prefer them in movie form.
But I decided to pick this one up because look at that cover!
No, seriously, as a mother to a young son, I have a new soft spot for stories about the mother/son bond. And this one seemed like it would deliver.

Boy was I wrong.

The bond I was hoping for was just not there. Yes, the mother, Drew, loves her son. I would be her if my son was in danger, absolutely. And at first, I really liked
Melinda Leigh
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Intriguing from the first page to the last, All the Lovely Pieces is a must-read psychological suspense. I couldn't put it down.
Jessica | Booked J
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 or 3 stars. Undecided, may change in the future. | Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review can be found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

As always, as with most thrillers, please check into any trigger warnings before reading. This does include some heavy and dark matters that will be triggering for some readers.

This wasn't necessarily a bad book, but it
Samantha Gonsalves
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Isn't curling up with a brilliant thriller the perfect way to spend your weekend? I'm a sucker for dark and twisted thrillers, and All the Lovely Pieces was right up my alley. Twisty and gripping, I finished this book in about 5 hour - a very rare event because apart from reading I also love sleeping! This book didn't let me and that just goes to say how brilliant this one is.

Drew Baker and her son Michael have been on the run for 9 long years after escaping from her brutal cruel husband Adam.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019

This book had me hooked from the very first chapter! It did such an amazing job of keeping the reader interested and curious. I also absolute loved the storyline of this thriller! I really loved seeing the story told in the perspectives of both Drew, Michael, and Catherine, it was really interesting! I also really loved getting chapters that went back to the past to see how the story unfolded.

Now this story was definitely heartbreaking. It was so sad to read about what
*thank you to Netgalley, J.M. Winchester and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.

This wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. I felt there was far too much focus on 'romance' (if that's what it's classed as.) So I took a star off for that reason. I also didn't like how some chapters seemed to jump ahead by so much time. It kinda made it feel like chunks were missing. I also didn't like the characters that much. What I did like though was having Mi
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
All the Lovely Pieces started with a bang, diving right into Drew's complicated world as she settles in a new town and enrols her son, Michael, into an elementary school. She and Micheal, unbeknownst to him, have been on the run from his multi-billionaire father since he was an infant. They never really stay in a place for too long in fear they'll get caught- either by her ex-husband or the police for crimes she committed- until now. Michael is a growing boy and he craves stability and long-term ...more
Malina Skrobosinski
I keep dancing between 2 and 3 stars. It's not bad, but it's not for me.

This is somewhat of an overdone storyline, or rather cliché, if you will. I'm starting to think the cover lured me in, because had I really taken a second look at the synopsis, I probably would have changed my mind. That's not to say that the book is written poorly, or that it's even a bad book, but that maybe my expectations were different with this one.

Drew is on the run... from? You've guessed it, an abusive husband. Se
Nikki Barrett
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review to come once I gather my thoughts. WHOA.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
What a twisted, sinister, thrilling read! All the Lovely Pieces grabbed my attention right from the beginning and wouldn’t let it go until the very last page. This book ticked all the boxes for a good psychological thriller, there was never a dull moment and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

This book is about Drew’s precarious escape and hiding from her abusive husband, Adam. The story is narrated through multiple POVs, mainly from Drew’s yet sandwiched by Catherine’s – the nanny – and Drew’s
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Great book! I really enjoyed it. I really love domestic suspense and that’s what this book reminded me of. The story takes place with Drew Baker on the run from her husband along with her son Michael ..there was something for everyone. Suspense, intrigue, twists and so much more. I really enjoyed the pace of this story and it did not disappoint. The character development was very good. I look forward to reading more from this author. Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this book for. My honest ...more
3.5 🌟🌟🌟⭐

Many abused women don't leave for themselves but run for their children. I learned about a new mental disorder reading this book. The rating would've been better but I feel there were several threads that never got tied up. As well as some things I had questions about that weren't addressed.
Overall I enjoyed reading this and have already told a few people about it and recommended it to others.
Tracy Frenette
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
All the Lovely Pieces
Release date Aug 6th 2019
This one is MUST read!! Thank you #AmazonPublishing for the opportunity to read an advanced readers copy for an honest review.
"Michael and I need to remain ghosts in the towns we pass through- insignificant background shadows on the daily lives of the people around us".
Always trust the prickling sensation creeping up the back of your neck!! This is a heart pounding, edge of your seat thriller about a abused wife on the run with her 9 year old so
Judy D Collins
A Killer Twisty Audiobook #AlltheLovelyPieces by #JMWinchester narrated by Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Carly Robins, and Michael Crouch 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Gripping! I listened in one day and could not put it down.

The audiobook was an exceptional and superb introduction into the darker side of Gaslighting. For fans of “What Lies Beneath,” “You,” Ruth Ware’s “The Turn of the Key,” and Rachel Caine’s “Still House Lake Series.”

J.M. Winchester is the dark alter ego of an author who usually writes Happily Ever Afte
E. H. Nathasia
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a debut, it is a good one!

The writer usually writes contemporary romance novel under Jennifer Snow. But she's using a different name to write her first thriller on domestic abuse.

A good strategy, and to pick a name that's gender neutral helps. I remember reading an article where having a female name can be a disadvantage for writer in some genre.

I was so charmed by the plot that immediately after I finished, I gave it a rating of 5.

10 minutes later, after some pondering.. I changed my mind.

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J.M. Winchester is the dark alter ego of an author who usually writes Happily Ever Afters. Her fascination with the workings of an evil mind compelled her to start writing psychological thrillers and All The Lovely Pieces is her debut novel in this genre. Originally from the east coast of Canada, she now lives in Alberta with her husband and son. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Inte ...more

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