The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy #BookReview #BMCarroll #MichaelJoseph #NetGalley

Written by B. M. Carroll




She’s the victim.

But is she innocent?

Sophie McCarthy is known for her determination, ambition and brilliance at work. She’s tough, but only because she wants to get the best out of people.

Aidan Ryan is strong, honourable, and a family man. He’s tough too; the army requires it.

When these two strangers are brought together in a devastating incident, Sophie’s life is left in ruins. Her family wants to see Aidan pay for what he did.

Aidan’s prepared to sacrifice everything – including his marriage and his child – to fix the mess he’s made.

But some things can’t be fixed, and Sophie is not at all what she first appeared . . .








Enticing and Enthralling!


Wow! It’s quite some time since come across a book which has surprised me as much as this one .. what a fantastic read!

Sophie: focussed, ambitious and smart. Aiden: army career, rigid routines, family man. Sophie and Aiden first crossed paths – literally – at the scene of a serious car accident, as we discover bit by bit throughout this tale. Sophie has always been close to her father, and as she struggles through her injuries he is on hand to help her at every turn. Aiden is an honourable man; his years in the army have left him with a strong moral compass and he strives to be a good example to his daughter by always doing the right thing.

There are several other characters in this wonderful story and, long before it’s mentioned, ‘six degrees of separation’ shot through my mind, and more than once. Family and work colleagues feature strongly in this novel. Friends not so much. It is, without doubt, a riveting read and one which demanded my full attention and with no idea where it was heading, I could hardly bear to put it down! What you see isn’t always what you get and the varying personalities enticed me into the story, enthralled me while I was there and left me feeling in awe of this author’s skill. The writing flows beautifully and this is a quite mesmerising read. I didn’t know what to expect, but in retrospect the ending is absolutely perfect! This novel alone has propelled the author’s name onto my ‘must find out more’ list. A full five stars (I’d give more if I could) and the highest recommendation.

My thanks to publisher Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin UK, for my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: psychological thriller
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Publication Date: 3 September 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US    (Audiobooks)




Meet the Author


A1s+afTnSCL._SY200_Ber Carroll was born in Blarney, a small but rather famous village in Ireland. The third child of six, she often retreated from the chaos of family life by immersing herself in books. She has fond memories of the mobile library bus that used to pull up outside their house in Blarney and the dozen or so books she would borrow at a time, some quite inappropriate for her age.

Ber moved to Sydney in 1995 with her then partner now husband, Rob. She got a job as a finance manager in the IT industry and began to climb the corporate ladder. The exciting and dynamic work environment captured her imagination and inspired her first novel, Executive Affair. Ber has written seven other novels including Just Business, High Potential, The Better Woman, Less Than Perfect, Worlds Apart and Once Lost. The Missing Pieces of Sophie McCarthy is her first novel published under BM Carroll.

Ber gave up her finance career when she realised that she couldn’t hold down a demanding job, be mum to two small children and write books to contractual deadline. She now writes fulltime, but says that she misses getting dressed up for work and being around people who listen to what she has to say, unlike her kids!

You can find out more about Ber by visiting her website
or by checking out her Facebook page.








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