Missing Pieces by Thomas De Angelo will draw you in immediately. The novel is set in the Balkans of 1998 where the repercussions of the Balkans War are still being felt. The protagonist, Gloria Wren, is ﬂawed and not the typical hero you ﬁnd in this type of novel, but her vulnerability works so well. An anthropologist, she is preparing to assist her investigative journalist fiancé by going undercover at the Croatian Red Cross to investigate thefts of medical supplies.
When David is suddenly found dead,Gloria believes he was murdered. Her investigations uncover much more than she ever imagined; not only stolen medicines but a terrorist network responsible for the ethnic cleansing of people during the Bosnian War. As Gloria battles her own personal demons she soon becomes the hunted.
There is an interesting mix of characters especially Gerard Malet and Zarko Zvonimir, whose sinister and deadly personalities are subtle yet powerful. The plot is superbly created, with many twists and turns that keep you guessing who can be trusted as any of the characters could be implicated in David's murder.
Missing Pieces takes the reader on a rollercoaster of suspense and tension that keeps you completely engaged until the explosive end. The references to historical events and the background to the genocide of Muslims and Croats during the Bosnian conﬂict were so interesting. The references also to places and architecture made the storyline even more realistic and believable. This novel is a fantastic tribute to those unsung, and often innocent,victims of war. As Gloria concludes: 'Throughout history, people in upheaval have clung to their values in order to give a reality to their lives. Here in the Balkans, even their values have been trodden on.' - Lesley Jones, book reviewer, for READERS' FAVORITE REVIEW
Thomas De Angelo's novel Missing Pieces: a novel of the Balkans is a semi-finalist in the 2019 Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize for fiction in the mystery/thriller category..