Pieces of Me

Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

Non-Fiction - Memoir
307 Pages
Reviewed on 04/04/2018
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Author Biography

Lizbeth Meredith is a writer based in Alaska with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in psychology. She has worked as a domestic violence advocate and a child abuse investigator, and with at-risk teens as a juvenile probation supervisor.

Her memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters is a 2018 silver medalist in the Reader's Favorite Awards for memoir, a silver medalist for the 2017 IPPY Awards, Memoir/Personal Struggles category and a finalist in the International Book Awards and USA Best Book Awards for memoir.
Recent television appearances include Great Day Live! Louisville, Seattle King 5 News, WTVG 13 abc Toledo, and KTUU Anchorage. Lizbeth’s story was also featured in Reader’s Digest.

Lizbeth is a contributor to A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone by Gemma Thompson. Other work has been published in Feminine Collective, The Sunlight Press, and Jane Freidman’s blog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite

Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, Lizbeth Meredith’s personal narrative of regaining her kidnapped daughters, is nothing if not poignant. Of course, the subtitle tells us the story’s resolution, but reading about her herculean struggles to get her daughters back from the unscrupulous clutches of her Greek ex-husband are nothing short of heart-wrenching, and mirror her own childhood when her unstable and unloving mother took her and various siblings into hiding. It is one thing to hide out in the U.S. with one’s kidnapped children, but quite another to escape to a foreign land where the laws and regulations vary widely and may be beyond the reach of the U.S. government. The narrative is told in the present tense with flashbacks not only to the everyday events of Meredith’s childhood, but to her life with Greg, her once-husband and the father of her two very young daughters.

Pieces of Me is a well-written yet plain-spoken book about complex events. Primarily told in the present tense, it can be raw, pulling no punches and putting you in Lizbeth Meredith’s predicament; you feel what she feels, and you will find yourself telling her to trust her motherly instincts and not let their father take the children on that occasion. The support she receives from much of her community and from Greek people themselves offsets the anguish of not knowing what her daughters are experiencing, part of which is their transformation into little Greek girls. Pieces of Me is a triumph not only for Meredith, but for any parent faced with the sudden, brutal kidnapping of their children.