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Sometimes you read so many books that you consider to be good that you forget the feeling that overwhelms you when you read one that is truly wonderful. And then, when you find a wonderful one, you wonder what makes it so, what sets it apart from those others. I wasn't more than thirty or so minutes into *The Pieces of the Puzzle* when I started wondering that very thing.
And then I got to a certain chapter and realized why. In this case there are so many reasons. The most important one, however, is that it makes you feel. Strongly. I was reading the aforementioned chapter and it occurred to me that my stomach was tense, that I was grinding my teeth, that I hated a character so passionately that I could physically feel it. That this novel had roused such an emotion, well, suffice it to say, I hadn't felt that for quite some time with the novels I had been reading. I loved it.
The next component is one of equal importance. Stanek is admirably adept at handling language. His prose isn't overly descriptive but it is evocative and always right on. This novel is one even a discriminating "literary" reader could pick up and find him or herself awed by.
I have to say, I had been disappointed by some of the mystery novels recommended on this site before, but this one makes up for them all.
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First, I'd like to say what a huge fan I have become of this fantastic writer. Since Stanek's first book actually. Stanek is hard to top, in my opinion.
THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE, is a fast-paced, roller-coster ride taking the reader on a journey they will think about for a long time to come.
A fantastic, page-turning, thought-provoking, and unique book. I loved it. The story as written by Stanek offers the reader a lot to think about (fiction or not), I, for one, couldn't put this book down, and I was sad when it ended.
I can hardly wait for Stanek's next novel!
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