Erryn reviews ‘Pieces of You (Missing Pieces Book 1)’ by N.R. Walker. The book was self-published on May 22, 2020 and is 185 pages. The audiobook was narrated by Glen Lloyd, was released August 24, 2020 and is 4hrs and 49mins. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why Erryn read: I loved the book and was thrilled to nab the audio.
Dallas Muller has everything he never expected he’d have. He owns a successful motorbike mechanic shop in Newcastle, and he’s madly in love with his boyfriend of four years, Justin Keith.
Justin has always struggled to find where he fit in, never realising his true worth or what it means to be loved–until he met Dallas. Living and working together might be too much for some, but Dallas and Justin wouldn’t have it any other way.
When a terrible accident tears their world apart, Justin’s left with no memory of Dallas or their relationship. Trying to put the pieces back together is almost impossible when some pieces are blank and some are missing altogether. Dallas has to let Justin find his own way back to him and just hope that their love will light the way.
I read this book a few months ago and was blown away. The raw emotion in the story spoke to me and I believe a few tissues were needed. I was curious to see how the audio would compare to the book – I don’t usually read and listen as I’m tight on time. Well, I can say without doubt the audio was as good as the book. Perhaps better even.
The book begins in Justin’s point of view. It’s just an ordinary rainy day and he’s off to do a motorcycle repair. He’s grouchy but still happy. See, he’s in love with Dallas. A deep and abiding love that has brought tremendous joy to his life. A life that’s had its ups and downs. But everything is stable, everything is perfect. Of course I’d known the accident was coming, but it didn’t lessen the impact on me. I’d known the amnesia was coming, but that didn’t soften the blow. I’d known Dallas would be devastated, but that didn’t lessen my pain.
The bulk of the book is told from Dallas’ point of view. He’s the one in the hospital day after day watching his broken partner struggle. He’s the stranger to Justin. He’s the one who feels a lance of pain every time Justin treats him as a nice guy but with no recognition. And he’s the one who brings Justin home to a place Justin doesn’t recognize. He’s patient, gentle, and understanding. And I have to say Justin is much less freaked out than I think I would’ve been. There’s an inherent kindness in Dallas that speaks to Justin. They may be strangers, but he can see through photos and memories of others that they once had something special.
Then come the wings and yeah, I might have cried.
The final chapter is from Justin’s point of view, reviewing the time since the accident. Showing the other perspective. It gave me hope because the book ended on an up note, although I know there’s lots more healing and more low-key drama to go. And I think that’s what I loved about the book. There was drama, of course, but it was even-paced and easy to deal with. It didn’t overwhelm the story. As always, the characters came first.
I have to end by talking about Glen Lloyd. I first met him when he narrated Upside Down. I loved him then, I think I love him even more now. His voice is perfect for the two men and I fell into the spell of his Aussie accent. I can’t wait for the next two parts so well done Ms. Walker. Another hit.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…