Little Broken Things
An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.
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 se ...more
LITTLE BROKEN THINGS is a perfect title for this novel revolving around a family in need of repair....honesty and understanding.
It begins with a desperate and mysterious request from one estranged sister to another to keep a haunted little one safe....and hidden....from both family and the worst kind of evil on the prowl.
It's the story of one mother's powerful love and sacrifice for a daughter in distress, and another mother's mission to reunite with her own daughters....more
I have a new favorite author to adore! I was immediately drawn into the story from the first pages. It is beautifully written and captivating, I was engaged by the mysterious texts from the start!
I could imagine myself getting a text from my sister, "I have something for you" and immediate panic strikes! This is possibly not good! The story and characters are multi-layered and ultimately reveal their inner motivations that drive them to make decisions they will later question. I really ...more
This was a story about a mother’s love and sacrifice for her child and a family coming together after years of separation. At times, the book had my heart pounding, my worry intensifying, my stomach churning and my hope growing. There were some wild twists and turns that caught me completely off guard.
I liked the main characters Quinn and Everlee. The remaining characters I had more of a hard time connecting with. Some ended up growing on me, while others began to irritate me and a few ...more
The title of this book is spot-on for a family that has grown apart for various and sundry reasons. A mysterious text from one sister to another will set things in motion for a reunion that may prove to hold some answers and possibly repair damage done.
This was a little on the tepid side for me. A mite too predictable, and an ending too pat. On the upside, I liked the notion of how guilt acts as a scavenger, seeping in and feeding on scrap ...more
Another sisters read that had us a opposite ends of the spectrum. Also my review doesn't reflect th ...more
LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by NICOLE BAART was an engaging, suspenseful, and a slower paced mystery novel which had an intriguing storyline revolving around family secrets and the sacrifices and bond between mothers and daughters. Little Broken Things I thought was the perfect title for this novel which is filled with familial broken relationships and the sacrifices of a mother’s love for her family. With a little honesty, hope, and understanding maybe all the little broken thin ...more
Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review by Brenda with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Susanne, Jan and Holly
I read Little Broken Things along with six of my Traveling Sisters and it left us in different coulees once again. We were mostly split into two different ones, some sisters were lost in the lush coulee and enjoying this one and others were lost in the dry coulee and finding themselves bored and napping leaving them uninterested in this one.
Little Broken Things starts off suspenseful and ...more
Sometimes the surface is not an accurate indicator of what lies beneath....more
Quinn gets summoned by her sister Nora via text: “I have something for you.” Never in Quinn’s wildest dreams does she imagine that the summons involves a little girl. Or that Nora needs Quinn to hide her and keep her safe – without any explanation. It is clear that something sinister is going on, yet Quinn has no idea what. And then Nora takes off leaving her with a little girl she calls “Lucy.” Hiding “Lucy” however, proves quite difficult.
Nora is clearly in danger. T ...more
The premise is intriguing: Quinn's estranged sister, Nora, drops off a little girl named Lucy, who bears an uncanny family resemblance, and tells Quinn to keep the little girl's presence a secret. Nora then disappears without explanation.
Secrets tend to be revealed sooner or later, and this one is no exception. Just how does one hide a little girl? There are mysteries to be solved: who are her parents? Why is she ...more
Have you seen the buzz surrounding this gem of a book? I sure have, especially on Instagram and I haven’t missed the comparisons to Liane Moriarty and as much as I usually hate when books are touted as the next (insert name of huge, best selling book) I can definitely see why the comparison is being used. Fans of books in Moriarty’s vein will adore this one, I can see it being picked as a book club read very easily!
This is told using various points of view, you have Liz mother to Nora and Q ...more
I was quickly drawn in by the first few chapters. After all, it’s not every day that a sister alters the appearance of a child, assigns her a new name, and drops her off at her semi-estranged sister’s house with no explanation. But that’s exactly what Nora has done to Quinn. It’s up to Quinn determine who this young girl is and, more importantly, why Nora has gone to such lengths to disguise her and hide her away. It’s easy to be captivated ...more
The writing is beautiful. Told from multiple points of view—Quinn, Nora, their mother, Liz, a ...more
Triumph over tragedy. Loss, hope, and forgiveness.
Set in Minnesota the Sanford family. Two estranged sisters, Quinn and Nora. They have never been close and Quinn is shocked when she receives a cryptic text message from her older sister Nora.
Nora shows up with a six-year-o ...more
This novel is told by three women Quinn, who lives near her mother, with he ...more
LITTLE BROKEN THINGS is a thriller based around a shattered family that is filled with secrets. At the heart of the family is estranged sisters and a little girl who is with one sister and left in the care of another. Who is Lucy? Is that her real name? And what is she being hidden from?
I loved this story. It was layered and intense. Every page held a different mystery and the unraveling makes my ...more
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This was my very first novel by Baart, and once again, I have very mixed feelings (go figure).
I should mention that I basically read this in 2 sittings, and I stayed up until 2 AM to finish it because I couldn't put it down. That's part of the reason why I couldn't give it less than a 3 ...more
Depth Points :
It moderately lives up to expectations painting the vivid family colors capturing the whole picture. The struggle of motherly love ending up in devastated decisions hits mind with how, when, why, what? Family bonding easily perforates when it is based on Secrets, b ...more
More to come when I’m a functioning human again!
11/14/17: It’s been two weeks since I finished this book and it has stuck with me, a rare feat given the volume of the books I read. Told from the alternating perspectives of sisters Nora and Quinn, and their mother. I tend to most enjoy books written in this format and this was no different! I had theories from early on, some true, ...more
I've been a Nicole Baart fan for years, and she has upped her game in LITTLE BROKEN THINGS. Her best. She grips the reader page by page, always turning up the tension, raising the stakes for every character.
The family dynamics of mothers and daughters, that push and pull of affection, the weight of relationships, are relatable. Marriages that appear strong and ripe with affection can be damaged in ways no one would suspect. And the secrets we keep in trying to protect those we love of ...more
“The mesmerizing story line is rife with mystery… an accomplished exploration of the fragile bonds of a family as they attempt to overcome obstacles they never saw coming.”
“Part psychological thriller, part women’s fiction, Baart’s latest novel is wholly compelling… The intricacies of family relationships, love and friendship are all skillfully explored, layered in all the rig ...more