REVIEW: LITTLE BROKEN THINGS, BY NICOLE BAART

 

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.

 

 

My Thoughts: From the first page of Little Broken Things, I was captivated by the story of a child in hiding. Who was her mother? What about her father? And why did Quinn’s sister Nora bring this secret child to her in the middle of the night, with instructions to keep her safe, but with no answers to the big questions?

Quinn, married to Walker, has been wanting a child of her own, but it doesn’t take long for her to fall for this child called Lucy. Across the lake, Quinn’s mother Liz lives in the family home, staring at the little A-frame house she has rented to her daughter…and wanting to be a part of her life. She pushes her way in the next day, and discovers the child.

Meanwhile, Nora is still at large, and somehow her connection to her high school friend Tiffany becomes another piece of the story. How does the death of Tiffany’s aunt and guardian play a role in the unfolding story?

We watch as the alternating narrators tell bits of the tale, and I thought I had it all figured out…but at the last minute, we are thrown one more piece of the puzzle, one that changes our view of things…and now the broken pieces are starting to make sense. 5 stars.

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