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Bits & Pieces

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  192 ratings  ·  113 reviews
A chance encounter with a stranger traps Tessa within the mind of a madman.

Tessa was born with a gift. Through a simple touch she picks up pieces of others. A “flash” of color devours her—the only indication that she’s gained something new from another person. Red equals pain; purple, a talent; yellow, a premonition; orange, a painful memory; and blue, a pleasant one. Each
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Published January 14th 2019 (first published November 17th 2018)
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Patty (IheartYA311)
This was a genre bending book with thriller, crime, mystery, suspense and paranormal flavors with a dash of romance. It was well plotted, paced and written. The idea is quite unique and unlike anything I've read before. There is a twist near the end that I didn't see coming. *MIND BLOWN.* Many times I felt sad for the main character and I'm interested to see if she'll pop up in any of Hosmer's other books (hint, hint, wink.) ...more
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-2020
So Let’s Tackle The Narration First..
Diane Box-Worman captured Tessa’s emotions from manic moments, new experiences, to her cold-blooded fear. I appreciated that her voice was that of an adult female, and not someone trying to sound like an adult female. All of her female voices were unique. Sometimes Tessa’s voice became shrill and almost sounded like her brother, who so help me sounded like Gilbert Gottfried. It was awful. Thankfully, most of the POV is that of Tessa.

However, there were sound
E.H. Night
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely brilliant thriller with wonderful pacing. I could hardly put it down.
It's up on one of my bookshelves now, resting between King and Koontz.

Heather Harrison
Beautiful and haunting, Bits and Pieces is a cleverly written psychological thriller that pulls you in on the first few pages and doesn't let go.

Tessa is doing what most of us are - trying to cope with the world around her. Except, there's one difference. She is cursed with a gift. One touch of another and she gains a piece of them, whether it's flashes of the future, crippling pain, or the ability to speak French. These pieces threaten her sanity, leaving her to wonder which parts of her are t
Margaret Breidenbaugh
Dawn Hosmer's writing will keep you on the edge of your seat. From the first chapter, I was hooked. Tessa, the main character, has her inner demons, and her ability to keep them at bay is not always successful. Luckily she is surrounded by people she can trust, or so she thought. I won't say any more on that count because I don't want to spoil it! Dawn's word choices are just as vivid and distinct as her characters. The dialogue is convincing, and each character has their own ways of communicati ...more
J.D. Samson
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where on earth do I start?

Tessa has a special gift that allows her to inherit parts of the people she touches. Except, its not really a gift. Its more of a curse because she inherits memories, habits, preferences - all good and bad! But nothing could prepare her for the battle for her mind when she is jostled in a crowd and comes into contact with a serial killer.

This book absolutely stunned me. The premise is mind blowing. The way the story is told is just incredible. Readers of Paula Hawkins
Trey Stone
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, whoa. It's not for nothing that everyone in the #WritingCommunity on Twitter is talking about this, and I'm so glad I finally got round to reading this. Well done, Dawn! I'm impressed.

I didn't know much about this before diving into it, I was sold by the beautiful cover and everyone else raving about it. What I knew was that there was some person who received flashes of color when they got close to other people, so they had some kind of ability. And I wasn't far off! From the official blur
Cassondra Windwalker
Bits & Pieces straddles genres and expectations while delivering a fast-paced, direct story straight from the protagonist's mouth. As gritty and graphic as a horror novel, with the poignancy of a ghost story and the sentimentality of a romance. Dawn Hosmer's work defies boundaries and dares the reader to believe in more than what they see. ...more
Shawn Burgess
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if your whole life was an assemblage of the experiences and memories of others intertwined with your own, and so tightly bound that the difference between the two borders on indistinguishable? This thought provoking conundrum lies at the core of Dawn Hosmer’s debut novel, Bits and Pieces. The result is a twisty story that takes you to unexpected places and keeps you guessing until the end.

The protagonist, Tessa, is different than her peers—all of them. A simple touch can deliver a life-alte
Carol Anderson
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tessa should be in the prime of her life. But it's not much of a life. When she touches other people, she often receives colored flashes from them--bits of their history, pieces of their future, even their talents transferred to her. Her entire identity has slowly changed through the years as others' experiences have become part of her. As much as she can get away with it, she avoids people.

Tessa's therapist, however, wants her to develop a social life. So Tessa goes to a symphony, where she mee
Sarah Green-Hart
Bits & Pieces is *so well done.* Its greatest beauty is in the details.
Interesting story, very suspenseful, makes you uncomfortable, and keeps you reading, wondering, and awake!

Wonderful details pulled together for an unexpected conclusion that made me feel like I needed to read the whole thing over again just to see all of the lovely, even stitches I noticed but didn't acknowledge because they were sewn in so masterfully.
Jeremy Stewart
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received a copy of this book in return for my honest review*
This is the first book I have ever read from this author.
I want to start with the cover. An absolutely stunning cover with the multitude of colors covering this dark palate.

This will go down as the hardest hitting book emotionally that I have ever read. This is truly a thriller with a few horror aspects to it. It was amazing watching Tessa on her journey getting different flashes of colors popping up as she sees red, purple, yellow,
M.E. Aster
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bits and Pieces is a thriller that will captivate any audience!

Featuring Tessa, a woman with a unique ability to take something from someone when she touches them, whether it’s a talent, a memory, or an addiction, Tessa no longer knows who she is, and this struggle becomes much more intense when she accidentally touches a serial killer.

Desperate to regain some part of herself, Tessa tries to find the murderer while resisting the urge to hurt people herself. Focusing on themes of self-doubt, ins
J.C. Paulson
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While Dawn Hosmer’s novel can be read as simply a psychological thriller and murder mystery, there was something else my brain was trying to learn. Finally, the answer revealed itself and it was ultimately so simple: the empathic human is, indeed, made up of bits and pieces.
Loss. Love. Fear. Not only ours, but those of the people around us. Our human brains are collectors of colours, noises, aromas, facts and emotions. Imagine, for example, that moment when you first touch a lover — that bolt of
WB Welch
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book for so many reasons. First off, the writing is lovely. The voice is perfect to tell the story. From the very first page, I was in it, and I couldn't wait to see what was coming next. I found myself often thinking of the book in between reading times. I also really enjoyed the characters. They are well laid out and defined. They all felt like people I could have met myself. I absolutely love the support the main character received. Overall, the people in this book are good peopl ...more
Emmy Bennett
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finishing Bits & Pieces I have to say, it's a phenomenal read. I'm a very picky reader and it's real hard for me to get swept up in a story. It's filled with suspense & mystery that kept the pages turning. I finished the book in 12 hours. If you like thrillers this book is for you! "I'm looking forward to reading more books from Dawn Hosmer. ...more
D.M. Shepard
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Color helps to express light. Not the physical phenomenon, but the only light that really exists, that in the artists brain—Henri Matisse

Our human fascination not only with light, but with color, makes sense at least for those of us who can see. We live in a world centered around vision and the ability to see. At the same time, it is amazing to consider that what we can see with the human eye is only a tiny silver of the full electromagnetic spectrum. The portion that makes up visible light is f
Rebecca Hefner
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit overwhelmed writing this review because, well, I just absolutely loved this book. This seems like an understatement, considering the amazing journey I just experienced through Tessa's eyes.

Let me start by saying that I'm a voracious reader. Always have been; always will be. I love getting lost in a book and experiencing the world through someone else's POV. I think it's an incredible way to broaden one's perspective and evolve in our world view. Although I love and enjoy many books, th
C.D. Tavenor
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hopefully that review title intrigued you. Because we’re about to explore Bits & Pieces, a novel written by Dawn Hosmer.

I listened to it on audiobook (though I also own the paperback), and WOW. What a novel.

Let’s start with a clear CONTENT WARNING. Bits & Pieces contains incredibly graphic scenes of sexual violence. Read (or listen to) this novel at your own risk.

Bits & Pieces follows Tessa, a young woman with an extraordinary gift. This is one of those novels where reviews really shouldn’t giv
Ruth  Garcia
I have to say the book had a very strong start and hooked me right away. I was already invested just by the first chapter. I love when a book has the capability to get me invested with a character or a storyline. Hosmer definitely achieved this. The writer did an amazing job of setting the scene with her descriptions and the emotions that hide underneath. The author is skilled in painting a picture and bringing her writing to life.

The author does such a great job of introducing the colors of her
D.M. Simmons
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hosmer's read is a thrilling, fast paced novel, that reached bits and pieces of me I didn't know existed. A suspenseful story that touches upon loss, love, murder...even family, is absolutely unforgettable, lingering long after you've finished. Hosmer weaves a compelling narrative, told through a MC who questions herself and the world around her at every turn, making us do the same. I found myself connecting with her on so many levels I had to take a step back and breathe, some of her questions, ...more
E.J. Dawson
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tessa has a gift, except it doesn't always work out that way, especially after she absorbs the sliver of a psycho.

The books starts out slow, getting to know the woman herself, Tess is kind, hesitant, and a giving person, but when her gift becomes more of a curse than she'd ever foreseen not even her love of painting can help exercise the demons living within. Well told, this personal journey goes through a hellish arc before any semblance of peace can be found, the twist at the end jaw dropping
J.D. Park
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just, wow. That's the first word that came to mind when I finished reading Bits and Pieces by Dawn Hosmer. Dawn has a fantastic way of pulling you into this story and making you feel like you are a part of each scene. I found myself rooting for the main character, Tessa, from the very begging. The story is unique and has enough twists and turns to hold your interest without having the story be convoluted or choppy.
This book was quite a departure from my regular genre choice, but it didn't l
Bradley Poage
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy books with great character and feeling. Bits & Pieces has everything a great book needs. Character, feeling, emotion, drama, action, suspense, thrill, and terror.

I thoroughly loved reading this book by Dawn Hosmer and recommend it to any reader who enjoys a compelling plot and a rousing ending sure to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Every page was full of detail and description, and the main character Tess relates to the human character. While I hate to give away spoilers, I ha
Jennifer LeBlanc
This book was just...INCREDIBLE! Once I started it I just couldn't stop. It wasn't like anything I have ever read before and I especially loved that it didn't even feel like I was reading it. I was transported instantly into Tessa and her complicated and terrifying world. This was an emotional roller-coaster of family drama, loss, self-discovery, and personal growth. Not only does the book cover tie in perfectly, but the story as whole leaves zero loose ends. I highly recommend it to anyone who ...more
Shannon Condon
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to believe 'Bits & Pieces' is Ms. Hosmer's debut novel. The premise is both intriguing and terrifying. By writing in first voice, the author takes the reader on a wild, nail-biting ride. It allows the reader to feel everything the protagonist, Tessa is feeling. We learn things as she does and that provides for some unsettling twists and turns. I was mesmerized by this book and disappointed when it ended. If you are looking for a psychological thriller, this is as good as it gets! ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've read a psychological thriller. After reading Ms. Hosmer's book I'm not sure why I stopped. She took time to develop her character. As the story unfolded I would be smug enough to 'see it coming', then I would be caught off guard. The development of Tessa's gift, or curse, was so well done I could 'feel' it myself. I look forward to Ms. Hosmer's next book.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bits and Pieces by Dawn Hosmer is something truly unique. No spoilers, but I will tell you the writing's engaging and interactive, the characters are complex, and the twisting, turning, suspenseful storyline ultimately took my breath away! Highly recommended!! ...more
Savy Leiser
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Absolutely thrilling. I read this in one evening because I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to put my review up on YouTube! ...more
Tabatha Shipley
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I Did Like:
-I expected the bad guy twist to be big (as it is in thrillers). Even though it wasn’t... there was a big(ger) twist that shocked me so much I actually had to close the book for a second. Love that.
-The ending worked. No spoilers but that lightning—oof I loved that. Didn’t see it coming, loved it.
-Premise. This entire concept of taking pieces of people from touch was amazing. It is well explored here, the connections to psychics are well placed, and it worked for this storyline.
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