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It isn't the creatures that go bump in the night that scare me, it's the living, breathing human "monsters" that get me every time, and this one certainly got me. The chills start early in Missing Piece and continue to build as the story progresses to the heart-racing conclusion. The suspense here isn't about who the killer is, although there is some mystery surrounding a couple of characters, but it's more about what this madman will do next to claim his prize. Our villain is a master at striking fear in his victims as he goes about his quite single-minded quest letting nothing and no one stand in his way. The fact that Martha is living her life, carrying out her day to day, never knowing when or where her worst fear will strike lent an added layer to the creep factor that is prevalent throughout this tale. The only drawback was the final scene with The Gamesman felt a bit rushed. The build-up for the scene was gripping and exactly what I expect from a good thriller, but the conclusion was almost too easy, especially when you consider everything he's done to achieve his goal. Other than that small blip, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and would easily recommend it. We even get some romance between Martha and the troubled Ben.