Little Broken Things

Little Broken Things

A Novel

Paperback - 2017 | First Atria Paperback edition.
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"If you liked Big Little Lies , you'll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart." -- Southern Living

"Steeped in menace, Baart's latest is a race-to-the-finish family drama." -- People

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 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.

While 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 loves.
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2017.
Edition: First Atria Paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781501133602
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 350 pages ; 21 cm


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Dec 13, 2018

Suspenseful book. Good but like all of Baarts books drags on a little long. But I liked the twist at the end.

Jun 20, 2018

A family drama centered around 2 sisters with a little mystery and suspense thrown in. Nothing spectacular - an average easy read that entertained me.

Apr 04, 2018

"I have something for you" is the text message Quinn receives from her older sister, Nora, who she rarely talks to and hasn't seen in quite some time. She thinks nothing of it, until Nora wants to meet, and delivers a wide-eye, scared little girl and asks Quinn to keep her safe and tell no one.

No Quinn and her husband must care for this strange girl, all while trying to figure out why.

I have to say it was an enjoyable, quick read. I loved the small town setting and the characters were mostly believable.

The first 2/3 of the book kept my attention, however the last 1/3 seemed to drag on and I just wanted the story to hurry up and end. The conclusion was something I suspected, I just wasn't sure how it would come full circle.

Little Broken Things is the story of a troubled family with strained relationships and secrets. It was worth reading, though it wasn't a stand out novel in my eyes.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for allowing me the egalley to read and give my honest review.

marycatlyons Feb 26, 2018

This book could have been better but it wasn't overall terribly bad. I enjoyed it, however, I felt it built up only to let you down very gently. When the events came to a head it was much less climactic than previous parts of the book.

SCL_Tricia Jan 04, 2018

It was a good, slow build psychological thriller. If there were a word for a thriller with a little less thrill I would use that. I did like the family dynamics played into the novel. A soft thriller?

Nov 28, 2017

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