Pieces Of Heaven: Pieces Of Heaven by Natasha Madison
Series: Heaven & Hell #2
on January 28, 2017
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I didn’t want this life.
But sometimes you’re forced to make the best of the crappy hand you’ve been dealt. I wanted to teach my daughter that. No matter what happens you face your problems head-on.
Never cower. Never give up.
Then someone took her and I had to put my faith in a system that had failed me, and my hope in a man I didn’t know.
Serve. Honor. Protect, are the only things I’ve ever cared about until her case was dropped on my desk. As we searched for her missing daughter, the last woman I thought I’d fall in love with became my reason for living.
Then the world came crashing down around us.
One secret would change everything, but I had one more hand to be dealt. And if I played my cards right, maybe, just maybe we’d get our piece of heaven.
Pieces of Heaven is a suspense/horror story every parent of a teenage girl fears. It takes you through the not knowing, the waiting and the eventual consequences of discovering joy and despair simultaneously. It is also the second book in the Heaven & Hell series, but you could read either book first as they take place during a similar timeline. Initially, there is a lot of repetition where the plots overlap, but from then on, each book focuses on the couple in question. In this story, the romantic interest centres around Mick and Marissa.
Mick is the investigating officer that meets Marissa when interviewing her about her missing daughter. The initial connection Mick experiences takes him back to his past and the anger he harbours towards the life his mother led. He soon realises the similarities are assumptions and his compassion takes over. It’s obvious as soon as you get to know Marissa that she is a good mother, doing her best in an impossible situation she inherited from her ex.
The operative word in the title of this book is pieces. There were heavenly moments among Mick’s hard times, but Marissa found little reprieve. She saw glimpses of heaven, but predominantly spent her time in limbo between searching for her daughter and then dealing with the fallout of Mick’s past. What held the pieces together during this harrowing story was the strength in the individual voices of each character. While their actions sometimes caused me to question their behaviour, they remained faithful to their personas from beginning to end.
There was never any doubt as to Mick and Marissa’s chemistry. It was tangible, but I struggled to understand how Marissa could switch off, in the beginning, to find herself even considering becoming lost in Mick’s embrace. View Spoiler »especially so soon after washing her traumatised daughter who is in a coma and recovering from being drugged and raped « Hide Spoiler. I get emotions can run high in every direction, but as a parent, I don’t know how you can ‘forget’ long enough to ‘feel’ beyond the evidence of seeing first-hand the reminders of her daughter’s injuries.
The revelation of the details during the ‘interview’, took me close to wanting to stop reading. It was sad and overwhelming. If I hadn’t enjoyed the beginning of the story as much as I had, I would have at the moment given up. Could that moment be taken out or at the very least been less detailed, I would have enjoyed the story a lot more. Interestingly, I commented in my review for Hell and Back that I thought these details were lacking. A good example to be cautious of what you wish for!
There was lots of steamy action shared, but it was the chemistry between the characters that impressed me rather than their love life. At times their lustful moments were over descriptive but fortunately, the OTT moments didn’t consume the story. I loved the suspense, plot twists and mystery surrounding the story, while at the same time cringing at the catalyst that instigated Mick and Marissa’s relationship.
Ms Madison is a new to me author who I will look out for in the future. She knows how to reel you into the story and keep you there even when the going gets tough!
3.5 Harrowing Stars
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