Monday, November 27, 2017

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart | Blog Tour & Review

Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
Published: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 368
Received: from publisher via TLC Book Tours
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 “If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living

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.

A beautifully written story about the power of a mother's love and the heart wrenching way a family is reunited after a long estrangement. This suspenseful story is written in a slower yet intriguing manner, so it's perfect for those who love a good mystery, but not all of the super graphic drama and violence that is found in many books lately. It does have it's dark spots, but isn't overwhelmingly heavy.

Little Broken Things is told from multi-POV which I generally enjoy in a book of this genre. I found it to be the perfect narration for this story as it helped to unravel the layers of history that each characters has hidden away. From the first text... "I have something for you" to the very last line, my emotions were all over - anxious to see what would happen next, filled with hope and nervous energy while trying to figure out how many more secrets there could be in this family.

Overall, I'd classify this book as a family drama and mystery with a dash of thriller (though not too much). I'll definitely be checking out more by Ms. Baart as I think this is a great kind of writing style to snuggle up with in the coming winter months.

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About the Author:
Nicole Baart is the mother of five children from four different countries. The cofounder of a non-profit organization, One Body One Hope, she lives in a small town in Iowa. She is the author of eight novels, including the upcoming LITTLE BROKEN THINGS. Nicole is a proud Tall Poppy Writer and a firm believer that we are, and always will be, better together. Find out more at or connect with Nicole on social media.

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