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From the 4-time award-winning author of A Whisper of Smoke comes a female friendship love story that explores the gritty realities of living with mental illness with sharply dark humor and an interminable optimism, culminating in an unforgettable story that will either leave you with an empathy you didn’t expect, or feeling understood like never before.

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Kindle Edition, 2021 First Edition, 286 pages
Expected publication: June 23rd 2021 by Ethan Falcon Press, LLC
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    Tina
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    This is a Women's Fiction book about living with a mental illness. I love this book because it brings so much light to mental illness. My Mom lived with a mental illness, Schizophrenia. I have to say I did not understand her when I was child, and she loss her fight of the mental illness when I was 20 years old. This book help me understand her more, and I am so happy that this book did that for me. This book is so well written, and
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    Sacha Fortuné
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing

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    This was my sixth book I chose via the Reedsy Discovery program, for which I am the single approved reviewer for this new book. I chose it because I love the genre of women’s fiction, and the preview drew me in. This review also appears on Reedsy.

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    The Premise
    On the heels of a painful divorce from an emotionally abusive husband, Claire falls into
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    Twila Mason
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is the first book I’ve read by Angela Hoke, and it will not be the last. I’ll start with technical things. I typically like third person point of view, but I couldn’t imagine this story told in anything other than first person. The writing is casual and accessible, which make the story accessible as well. Now for the feeling of the book. I honestly didn’t expect this story to get as gritty or have the depth that it did. I was pleasantly surprised. This is not your run of the mill, “read it ...more
    Valerie Dryer
    Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I was late to work today. So pace yourself with this one. It's some heavy topics but done so beautifully you won't want to put it down.

    The story is about a successful businesswoman, Claire Colson, who, after a painful divorce from a long-term marriage, tries to heal from depression. Easier said than done. She struggles with entering the dating world and keeping a balance with her daughter. Claire is not only likable, but she's also completely relatable! So many times, I found myself thinking th
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    NICKI PFLEIDER
    Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is the third book I’ve read by Angela Hoke, and I must tell you I am totally hooked. I loved them all. While this book in my opinion is different from her first two, it is probably the most compelling. Missing Pictures is the story of three total strangers who meet in group therapy while dealing with the personal fallout of relationships due to their respective mental illnesses. This book takes on the different aspects of mental illness head on, without apology. It is real, it is frank, it ...more
    James Falcon
    Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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    Mitzi Brummett
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Missing Pictures was another great book by Angela Hoke! I literally laughed out loud several times, and I love the honesty about experiences with mental illness. The bond between the three friends reminds me of my group of friends that have stood by each other for years and have helped me through the last 2 difficult years. We have each other’s backs and it’s good to know you can rely on people when life gets crazy, because it will! I know people will relate this story like I have and look forwa ...more
    Cindy George
    Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Missing Pictures shows, in a real way, what it is to live with mental illness every day, and still have jobs, responsibilities and relationships, and how an unexpected friendship can be borne from the shared experience. It explores the gritty realities of living with mental illness with sharply dark humor and and interminable optimism, culminating in an unforgettable story that will either leave you with an empathy you didn’t expect, or feeling understood like never before.
    Valarie
    Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
    Overall, a wonderful read. The characters were well developed and truly seemed like real people. The author was able to intertwine the character's lives and struggles with mental illness seamlessly. She also did her due diligence by accurately describing the different types of mental illness represented-depression and bipolar. Each of the three main characters has a distinct personality which was reflected in the dialogue. They are three very different women who connect through mental illness an ...more
    Caitlin Avery
    May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this book and could relate to the main character's struggles on many levels. When I first started reading I thougt there was a lot of telling vs. showing, in the form of internal dialogue of the main character. I liked the 'voice', and could relate to her feelings of inadequacy due to depression, but I wasn't sure I personally needed to spend so much time with those types of negative thoughts (I already tend to do that).

    I'm glad I did! By the 50 % mark I was hooked on the story
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    Caroline
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Wow, what an emotional rollercoaster this book was. Angela Hoke is quickly becoming one of my must read authors and this book has shown a completely different side to her talents. Huge thanks to Angie and Book Sirens for sending me a free advance review copy.

    Her portrayal of mental illness is tough but ultimately positive, and although I've been lucky enough not to suffer, the writing was such that I could understand some of what Clare and her friends were experiencing. Interlaced with the bleak
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    Ashisha Sewpal
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    From the moment I turned the first page, I was hooked. The dating stories were hilarious. The story really emphasized the power of friendship and love. I felt connected to the characters and their stories. They are who they are and they are unapologetic. Honesty and facing your fears are other strong themes running through the story. Mental illness is another theme which highlights that it is not something to be ashamed of. The idea that mental illness is something sufferers create themselves or ...more
    Cherie
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This book was amazing! I admit when I first was invited to read and review this book I was hesitant. Books are an escape for me so reading about mental issues sounded rather depressing. However, this book was not like that. The author crafted a masterful tale about a woman dealing with severe depression who befriends two other women dealing with mental issues while in group therapy. You then get to see how they become fast friends who share in each others triumphs as well as failures. They becom ...more
    Joan Ross
    May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I just finished reading Missing Pictures by Angela Hoke. I was easily able to relate to the characters. The entire story was very true to life and thought provoking. The interaction among Claire, Gretchen and Tasha was uplifting. This is a revealing story of strong women overcoming the trials and tribulations of life with the added difficulty of mental illness. True friendship and love help them all find the way to overcome their illness. I received an advance copy for free and am leaving this r ...more
    Amanda
    May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was good book about a group of friends struggling with their mental illnesses. The girls go through so much, but in the end they are always there for each other. The book had religious parts, personally I felt it was a little bit pushy. I do understand how it developed one of the girls characters. Overall, it was a great story about the ups and downs of life, and how friends help us grow. I recommend this book, especially if you enjoy stories about friendship.

    I received an advance review co
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    Beth Moylan
    Jun 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This was the 1st book I have read by Angela Hoke but it won't be the last. I really enjoyed the bond between the 3 friends. This book was a very emotional rollercoaster. This emphasized the power of friendships and love and made me laugh several times even though it was a difficult story line about mental illness. This talks about the misunderstanding of the illness and is not to be ashamed of. This helps the reader understand more about the illness. I really enjoyed how this was described in th ...more
    Susan Stewart
    Really enjoyed this book. The author dealt with a difficult topic in a respectful manner, giving me the chance to learn more. This book has it all - sad, happy, humor, anger, heartbreak, rejoicing, redemption, acceptance and reconciliation. I was sad to see the book end, but she cleverly wrapped it up very nicely. The title of the book was perfect, as you’ll see when you read it. I received an advance review copy for free, and am leaving this review voluntarily.
    Kelly
    Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Missing Pictures is the story of three total strangers who meet in group therapy. All are dealing with relationships that were affected by their mental illnesses. The characters are well developed and this book is full of emotion. I enjoyed reading this book and will be reading more books by this author.

    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
    Nicola
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This was a very interesting read for me.. I dont know much about mental illness and have not had any experience with divorce but to see how certain things can affect others and their lives was really an eye opener.. the story was very well written for all the characters.. at no stage was i confused or lost!!
    I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
    Dorothy Daniel
    Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Reading this book was like talking to a good friend. I laughed and cried within the span of five minutes. It’s hilarious and heartbreaking and the characters are so relatably flawed. The writing is incredibly engaging, with a rawness that feels refreshing and heart-warming. Definitely recommend!
    Mary Swan-Bell
    May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I love books about redemption, trials, friendship and strong women supporting each other and Missing Pictures has it all. You’ll find yourself laughing, crying, cheering these women on and wishing they were your friends.

    I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Karen L. Hicks
    May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    This is a book that will stay in your mind long after you finish reading it. The characters are well defined and likeable.
    Dena Akbar
    May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    It is a really good book and It is really interesting.
    Judy Hesse
    Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Book was great. Real life. Great view of friendship and love.
    Jonathan Rainbolt
    May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
    *I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for free, and am voluntarily leaving this review.*

    This took me about a month to start reading, but once I started reading it; it took me about 4 days to finish it. I like the way the author chose to write this, it doesn't have any heavy stereotypes. I was not expecting some of the things to happen, and was kinda miffed about the way the characters reacted to the situation; even though, and I really don't like saying this, it was done in a sorta r
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    Angela has worked for many years in accounting, writing in her spare time. She began writing at the age of eight, when she produced a neighborhood newspaper, until an expose written based on sketchy facts shut her down for good. A Whisper of Smoke was her debut novel, and winner of the 2015 National Indie Excellence Book Award for Women's Fiction, the 2014 GRW Maggie Award for Excellence (women's ...more

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