Book Review: Bits & Pieces by Dawn Hosmer

Okay, whoa. It’s not for nothing that everyone in the #WritingCommunity on Twitter is talking about this, and I’m so glad I finally got round to reading this. Well done, Dawn! I’m impressed.

I didn’t know much about this before diving into it, I was sold by the beautiful cover and everyone else raving about it. What I knew was that there was some person who received flashes of color when they got close to other people, so they had some kind of ability. And I wasn’t far off! From the official blurb:

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.

As you can probably guess, Tessa struggles with this gift. She avoids interacting with other people, she distances herself from her family, she goes to therapy. It’s hard to make a life for yourself and know who you are, when half of it is stuff you’ve picked up from others. And it gets especially hard when you can’t remember which is which.

I was hooked from the beginning. The plot is intriguing and Hosmer’s writing is captivating. It’s beautiful and playful, but also so incredibly real and brutal (damn, Dawn!) I usually struggle with reading 1st person for a little while, like for every book that has it, I have to adapt for a few chapters, but that wasn’t the case here at all. I was hooked immediately. For a little while, I was worried the book was going to be a bit slow. I felt like maybe we were getting a bit too far into the book without getting into the story, but I was still turning page after page, so it wasn’t that it was boring! And I think maybe I found only like one typo, which is very impressive.

For a while I thought I had figured it all out, then I thought I’d be disappointed, and then I was just utterly impressed. This book is so superb, I think I actually had a stunned “Oh my God”-look on my face while I read certain parts. It’s incredible. Definitely one of the best books I’ve read all year, I can’t recommend it enough.

So if you’re going to pick up a psychological thriller, and support a new author at the same time, make sure you read this. It’s a stunning story, and it’s so well told! Now I can’t wait for Hosmer’s next book.

You can Bits & Pieces here.

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