All the Broken Pieces is a story about a girl who wakes from a coma with no memories of her past. Liv doesn’t recognize herself in the mirror, and she has two opposing voices in her head, which only makes her think she’s crazy on top of everything else. Worse, her parents only give vague answers to her questions, and instead of returning to a familiar environment that could help her remember – their home and her friends – they suddenly up and move to Arizona.
Layered with mystery, All the Broken Pieces kept me turning the pages, and it was hard for me to put down. The author did a great job of revealing just enough bits and pieces to keep you on your toes, as Liv keeps having strange dreams, and flashes of memories. Yet when she tries to piece them together, nothing makes sense.
This novel kept me guessing, but at some point I suspected what was going on and struggled with its plausibility. Once I let go of that, and suspended my disbelief, I really enjoyed this story. I also appreciated that all my questions were answered in the end.
My favorite thing about All the Broken Pieces is the relationship between Liv and Spencer. I love how it grew and changed from friendship to something more as the story progressed. There are so many great moments between the two of them. Madsen definitely builds the anticipation for them to finally take that step past friendship, and I had butterflies just waiting…
All the Broken Pieces is more than just a contemporary novel. It’s a fascinating story with mystery, romance, and even a hint of science fiction. I look forward to reading more from Cindi Madsen!