Title: Little Broken Things
Author: Nicole Baart
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: November 21, 2017
Source: TLC Book Tours
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz
receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she
doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year
and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists
mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But
when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn's house just hours
later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of
their lives forever.
Nora’s “something” is more shocking than
Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and
tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her
safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not
their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is
perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions
swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the
unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy.
Quinn struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request and care for the
lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in
something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But
Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is
facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and
ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she
My Two Cents:
"Little Broken Things" is the story of family secrets and how powerful the love of a mother can be. Nora and her sister, Quinn, have never been close so when Nora drops off a child with Quinn and her husband, Quinn doesn't know what to do. Nora leaves very simple directions: keep Lucy safe and Quinn is driven to do just that even when she has no idea what or who she is up against.
I love when thrillers can keep me guessing and while this one certainly did, the way things were carried out made me want to know a little bit more about motivations of the various characters. For instance, why did it take so long for anyone to get the police involved? Why was Nora so much more committed to her friend, Tiffany, who seemed to make a mess of things over and over again, than she was to her own family? I really don't want to give anything away but I really was confused about some of the stuff that Tiffany did throughout the book. What drove her?
What the author does well here is gives you just enough to want to keep reading and trying to figure out what was actually going on. The author does this quite artfully and is great at making readers guess what will happen next. I kept thinking that I knew what was going on and then the story line would take a turn that I didn't see coming.
While I wanted to be able to understand things better, the storytelling was solid. I would love to see what else the author has written.