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 flash blurs the lines between her inherent traits and those she’s acquired from others. Whenever she gains bits of something new, she loses more pieces of herself.
While assisting in search efforts for a local missing college student, Tessa is paralyzed by a flash that rips through her like a lightning bolt, slicing apart her soul. A blinding light takes away her vision. A buzzing louder than any noise she’s ever heard overwhelms her, penetrates her mind. As the bolt works its way through her body, images and feelings from someone else take over. Women’s dead eyes stare at her as her hands encircle their throats. Their screams consume her mind. Memories of the brutal murders of five women invade her.
Will she be able to find the killer and help save the next victim? Can she do so without completely losing herself?
BITS & PIECES is a fast-paced, riveting psychological suspense with supernatural elements that leaves the reader guessing until the end.
This book contains some violence, including that of a sexual nature. (Taken from Goodreads)
About the Author
Dawn Hosmer is a lifelong resident of Ohio. She and her husband have been married for 18 years and they have 4 children, although 3 of them are now adults. She has spent her career in social work and has a passion for helping others. She was diagnosed with Crohns disease 15 years ago which has been both a blessing and a curse. Her illness has prevented her from continuing to work (the curse) which allows her to pursue her passion for writing with many less time-restrictions and focus her energy on being a wife and mother (the blessing).
Dawn’s writing is often sparked by a true story which creates a cast of fictional characters/situations in her mind. In addition, Dawn sprinkles pieces of people’s true -life stories they’ve shared with her throughout the years into her fiction as a way to honor many of the tragedies and joys that people live through. Her first novel, Bits & Pieces, is Psychological Suspense but Dawn writes in a variety of genres.
In addition to God, her family and writing, Dawn loves coffee, traveling, reading, HGTV and naps. Dawn believes that a story lives in all of us and that it’s important to share ours with others, never knowing who will benefit from what each of us has to say. Sharing our stories not only helps others, it changes us as well.
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 flashes and the experiences that led to her developing her skills. The backstories really help the reader to get even more hooked and invested in the story. Each story has a different meaning and connects you closer to Tessa.
I enjoy the bonds she forms with her therapist and her brother. It shows that despite her gift that many don’t understand, she’s not alone. This fast-paced suspense really keeps you guessing and questioning whom she can trust. The visions and emotions that plague her really take over every aspect of her life.
The author is incredibly skilled at you wanting to pull for Tessa and hoping that she can overcome this insanity. I was riveted and on the edge of my seat up until the end. I wanted to rip my hair out, I felt the rapid beating of my heart, and anguish as Tessa did.
I highly recommend this book and will definitely be reading more from this author. Enjoy this amazing and well-written psychological suspense story. You’re in for a ride!