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Missing Pieces

4.74  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Lillianna Ferguson has spent the last twenty years pretending her father is dead. She moved to Oregon—far away from her childhood home in Delaware—changed her name from Emma to Lillianna and vowed never to go back.

When her brother, Greg, phones, begging her to come home to care for their father who has been diagnosed with a dangerous, aortic aneurysm, she is adamant in her
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Published April 17th 2019 by TirgearrPublishing
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InD'tale Magazine

This is a powerful, dark, and richly beautiful story! It’s riveting and full of strong emotions and angst, with no easy answers.

Read full review in the 2019 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lilianna has been trying to put her father's abusive treatment behind her for almost twenty years. But when her brother asks her to come back and stay with him before surgery, she finds herself unable to say no. Soon she's finding a side to her father she never thought she'd see.

"Missing Pieces" is an engrossing story, in turns heartwarming and heart-wrenching, about family relationships and family legacies. It's a story of how drinking and abuse get passed down from generation to generation--bu
Randy Troyer
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good? No. Okay? No. Alright? No. Readable? No. Enjoyable? No. None of these fit. If only I could think of something to describe this latest work by my favorite author of character driven fiction. What the heck is character driven fiction? Well to answer that I would kindly ask you to obtain a copy of an earlier book by this wordsmith entitled “A Bend in the Willow”.
That particular novel was the first and only time I ever ventured from the safety and comfort of my favorite genres. Namely History
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Lillianna Ferguson receives a phone call from her brother Greg begging her to come home and help him take care of their father. Their father Calvin Miller a disabled WWII veteran is in the hospital for an aortic aneurysm. The surgeon won’t repair his aneurysm without first amputating his leg. Greg thinks that if anyone can talk him into having his leg amputated then Lillianna can.

Calvin was injured by a grenade during the war that took most of his hand and left him with a bone-destroying infect
Marilyn Rondeau
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-challenge
How many times have you uttered or thought the words, I hate you I wish you were dead about a parent? Well most teens might have that reaction when the words “NO” were uttered when you really thought you were in the right and the parent was stupid and didn’t understand. However for Emma / Lillianna these were thoughts and words she spoke and thought for most of her life against a father whom she basically didn’t understand. But when it came down to it, would Emma / Lilliana be able to refuse to ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lillian has struggled with her relationship with her father for years. When Greg calls and asks her to come and help him with her father she doesn’t want to go. After talking to Steve she realizes that she has to try to help her brother. When Lillian goes to the hospital to see her father she is angry with him. Watching these two try to have a relationship will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next. I had the honor to review this book for the author for a honest revi ...more
John Karam
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of Missing Pieces, the latest novel by Susan Clayton-Goldner. Before I dive into the review, I need to mention that I was provided a review copy of the book by the author and this is the eighth book of hers I have read and reviewed.

I admit to liking all of her books that I have read so far and I am going to start by telling you right up front that this is her best work yet. In Dale Carnegie classes they tell you to talk about what you know and according to Susan Clayton-Goldner
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Pieces, Susan Clayton-Goldner,

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Fiction

Well, I know I enjoy Susan's writing style, this book is a wide departure from her usual suspense genre though, so would I still love it? Quick answer, yes!

Its told in three timespans, the present, Lillianna's childhood and her father Cal's childhood. At first I hated Cal, almost as much as Lillianna does. Like her I thought why should she go back to him now he is suffering, how could her brother Greg stil
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
This book will keep you turning the pages until you finally read the last one. I did’t want it to end but as with all good ones it had too. Throughout this story I had a love-hate feeling for Calvin. I hated the things he did to his wife and two children. I hated that he was so mean and abusive. I had no intention of letting him off the hook for it. There is no excuse for hitting.

Lillianna/Emma grew up in an abusive home with her older brother, Greg. Their dad was an alcoholic and prone to hitt
Helen Hogan
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rich with characters that you worry about even when you are not reading.

Review of Clayton-Goldner’s Missing Pieces, By Helen M. Hogan

Susan Clayton Goldner rates five stars in her crown for her story of painful family
relationships in Missing Pieces, her latest novel. She skillfully moves from daughter to
father with viewpoint, enhancing her theme that most family conflicts have two sides.
Readers first meet Lilliana wjem she gets the classroom her brother Gregg on
the East Coast that their father is
Dan Curnutt
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Susan Clayton-Goldner and especially of the Detective Radhauser series. So, this book was a bit of a deviation. As such, I wasn’t sure what to expect as I got into it. What I discovered was a book about family dysfunction to such an extreme that it caused my heart to cry out in pain for Lillianna. The devastation of how war can change a man and how that man can take his pain and bring even more pain to more people, specifically those he loves (his family).

Add to this the vulne
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, books, 2019
Wow!!!! A must read for everyone!!!! Beware, it will make you rethink your life!!!

Do not judge a book by its cover. There is a morale in every story. There are at least two sides to every story. Fiction lies to a greater truth (Susan Clayton-Goldner). Things are not always as they seem.

This is a hard review to write for me. What to say and not give the story a way. You have a difficult relationship with a family member, needs surgery to save life but has other medical issue that is interfering.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Pieces tells a story of a family broken apart by alcoholism and abuse over several generations. Lillianna/Emma is asked by her brother to come see her estranged father as he is hospitalized with a life threatening condition. Lillianna has not seen her family for 20 years and with soul searching does decide to visit her father. Over the 2 weeks’ time she spends daily visiting her father in the hospital, she keeps a detailed notebook of his life, that she has asked him to tell her about. T ...more
Anne Schroeder
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Susan Clayton-Goldner’s latest novel, Missing Pieces, explores a familiar theme of hers, a young girl forced to revisit a horrendous childhood and a flawed father, hopefully to heal lifetime trauma suffered at a young age. Unlike her other stories, this one is unabashedly the story of her real father, Walter Hamm. Details have been shifted to create a fictional world without a sense of voyeurism.

Clearly-marked headings shift the story from 1995, to Lillianna’s/Emma's childhood years of 1953-55,
Cathy Geha
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Pieces by Susan Clayton-Goldner

Heartfelt and heart-wrenching this story tells of woman that ran from her abusive childhood to take up a new name and life across the continent. Why she has done so becomes clear slowly as the story unfolds. She is NOT willing to head back to her father’s side to help him deal with major medical issues but in the end decides to return – not for her father but to help her brother who has been there for their father while she has been away. What she finds whe
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Pieces by Susan Clayton Goldner is yet another emotional magnet that will pull you in from the first page and hold you tight until its end. It’s a story of a little girl trying desperately to put her horrible childhood behind her by growing up with a whole new identity. The only problem is that she eventually has to face her past in reconnecting with the father behind it all. As her father is in the hospital faced with making health related decisions which may lead to his death, Lilliann ...more
Arlene Ross
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advance copy of this book for a review as I have read all of Susan's books. This one just blew me away. Susan has done an excellent job of telling her story! It awakened feelings and memories in me and I am rethinking my relationship with my father who also used alcohol to mask his failings and feelings in life. For me, I could relate to all of Emma's feelings and know the pain and frustration in dealing with a dual personality father who is fun, kind and loving and then becomes a ...more
Lora Shouse
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book about the healing power of just talking honestly to each other.

Lilliana Ferguson grew up fearing her father who sometimes drank too much and sometimes struck her and her brother. After her mother’s death, she moved far away changed her name, and married for a second time, and tried to pretend she no longer had a father.

Then her brother calls to tell her their father is possibly dying of an aortic aneurysm and asks her to come to visit him and try to get him to agree to h
Sue Bailey
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.

What an extraordinary story about alcoholism and the destruction that it can do to a family. I hope all the readers who have experienced the family dynamics that is portrayed in this story will get a chance to read this book and that it will give them some understanding about themselves. I like the way that she interwove the past and present throughout the book. I couldn’t put the book down; Susan has written another outs
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you've never read a book by Susan Clayton Goldner you're missing out. She was always one of my favorite authors but this story puts her in a class by herself in my eyes. Such a beautiful, touching well written story. It's about a woman named Lilianna who grows up (in what she chooses to remember) with an alcoholic and sometimes abusive father. After her mothers passing she decides to leave her past behind and start over fresh with a new life. When her brother calls one day and asks her to com ...more
Kathy Austin
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet, touching, sometimes heart-wrenching story. A girl who grows up estranged from her abusive, alcoholic father goes back home 20 years later to take care of him. Secrets, stories, lies and the truth emerge. Feelings get hurt, feelings get mended. Lillianna/Emma discovers what she thought and how she felt her whole life was not how things really were. The reasons why is what makes the difference. I think we all go through that to some degree. What happens in the end it's all that matters. H ...more
Linda Rainey
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Gail Mcnally
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review of the novel Missing Pieces by Susan Clayton-Goldner
From the touching cover art through the gripping reveal of Lillianna's father, this is a story that touches all areas of the heart.
It is one thing to view PTSD through the eyes of a soldier, but a whole other world when told through the eyes of a daughter who lived the abusive years that frequently accompany a wounded body and spirit. This is a tragedy and yet a beacon of hope to offer to all who have suffered under the plague of hopeles
Joan R. Craven
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have your tissues ready!!! It is an Emotional Read!!! Beautifully written just like all of Susan Clayton-Goldner books! Can't wait for her next book to comes out! I am not going to spoil your fun telling you about have to read this one!! ...more
Cynthia Briggs
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it

MISSING PIECES is a stand-alone advanced reader copy compliments of the author, Susan Clayton-Goldner. My opinions are my own. I accept very few reader copies from authors, but Goldner's books are so well-written that I can't resist her latest offering.

This is a compelling story about a young woman who is abused by her drunken father. Her angst and bitterness toward him is so strong she changes her name from Emma to Lillianna and moves from Delaware to Orego
Karen B
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes, the reviews are spot on!  This book is a wonderful depiction of a family in so much pain.  The love of a beautiful mother and the pain of a father that is angry and in physical and mental pain and self medicates.  All he sees for his future is to be a burden on his wife and children. His skills as a carpenter are gone. He, in his mind a failure.  Instead of finding help he takes his pain out on his family.  

I think about the story and wish my family could have been there to save them.  I be
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Missing Pieces by Susan Clayton Goldner

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Missing Pieces was a difficult book to read especially in certain parts because of such detailed, descriptive child abuse including the emotional trauma. The writing was so excellent, the reader could really visualize what was happening and the terror these children faced. It made me wonder if this author had experienced something similar. I liked the way the author went back and forth be
Kathy Elliott
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Powerfully Poignant

Missing pieces by Susan Clayton Goldner will release on 4/17/19. I was given an advance copy and am voluntarily writing a review. On a 5 star scale this book is 10 stars. It is just that good!

I was reminded how powerful forgiveness is as well as how easily the human spirit can be broken. Cassandra and Cal's love for each other could withstand the many traumas they experienced. In the case of their children, Greg understood his dad's anguish and alcoholism but Emma struggled wi
Louise Pledge
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, just wow! I waited a couple of days to write my review because I just didn't have words for the marvel of this story, especially the superb way it was written and handled! I was SO impressed by the creativity before I learned that it was based on the author's own family and experiences but absolutely blown away to discover that it was such a personal story. So many lessons to be learned from one family's sorrows and tragedies but, to me, the big one was "forgiveness".

Throughout, I was cont
Candy Robosky
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Missing Pieces was not what a normally read but I loved it. It was a very touching story that exposes how someone should look beyond just the acts of another before judging and also look into yourself before locking someone out based on the actions. Lillianna learns more about her father who she has shut out of her life for the past twenty years because he was a mean drunk of a father. After her mother's death she walks away and never looks back at her father again but is that really possible? C ...more
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Susan Clayton-Goldner was born in New Castle, Delaware and grew up with four brothers along the banks of the Delaware River. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona's Creative Writing Program and has been writing most of her life. Her novels have been finalists for The Hemingway Award, the Heeken Foundation Fellowship, the Writers Foundation and the Publishing On-line Contest. Susan won the ...more

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