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Bits & Pieces

By: Dawn Hosmer
Narrated by: Diane Box-Worman
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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 tale with supernatural elements that leaves the listener guessing until the end.

©2018 Dawn M. Hosmer (P)2019 Dawn M. Hosmer

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A Wonderfully Emotional Sory

I absolutely loved this book. While it was dark, it masterfully captured emotions that have often left normal people wondering about the dark side of human nature.
Tessa has a unique power. When she touches someone she can see flashes of color. Each color is related to an emotion, a thought. This "gift" has traumatized her for many years, but finally, Tessa thinks she can make a true connection with someone else. But that sparks her seeing and feeling the thoughts of a serial killer who rapes his victims. If only Tessa was able to tell who the flash came from, she can help the authorities find the killer. But Tessa has to deal with the shocking effects of absorbing the desires of such depraved persons.
Using Tessa to describe what the serial killer is thinking is a new approach at trying to understand what goes through these horrible people's heads. Tessa's dealing with those emotions and how she reacts to them is the ultimate manifestation of how we as a society live in a society with these people. The author shows you inside their heads without glorifying or making celebrities out of them.
I enjoyed the idea of flashes of color being connected to thoughts and ideas. It gave Tessa's power something to set it aside from similar ideas in other novels. Tessa stands on her own two feet as a haunted heroine and I loved her complexity and that she wasn't just come stereotypical mind reader.
I listened to this via Audible. I liked that Tessa had an adult voice. So many books are done with a young woman's voice, but the narrator here sounds like's she's lived and that weight gives a lot to the story. She was able to handle such dark ideas with true emotion and moved me to tears.
Bits & Pieces is a special book; while not everyone can handle something so dark, those that can will have a genuinely moving experience.

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