Little Broken Things by Nicole Bart

Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: November 21, 2017

Quinn Cruz and her husband currently live in a cabin owned by her mom. Nothing's easy. Quinn's struggles and her husband's dedication to his art are only part of the problem. Her mom's judgmental behavior is tiresome. When Quinn's older sister sends her a text message, Quinn has no idea how much things are about to change.

It all starts with the simple phrase: "I have something for you." She meets her sister after her husband goes to bed. That "something" turns out to be a six-year-old girl. Nora leaves the girl with Quinn and provides no more information other than keep "Lucy" safe and out of sight.

As the days pass, Quinn realizes that Nora may have gotten in over her head. Lucy could be in danger, and Quinn's not sure she can do what it takes to protect Lucy from whoever or whatever the threat is.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Little Broken Things moves swiftly. From the moment Lucy was dropped off, Quinn's story picked up into a frenzied pace of suspicion, wrong turns, and tension.

There are really four main voices in Little Broken Things. You have Quinn and Nora's mom, a widow who is trying to move on with her life. There are Quinn's struggles to figure out her marriage, become a temporary mom to a stranger, and figure out what Nora's running from. You have Nora and her best friend, too, both of whom are hiding secrets and want desperately to resolve the danger they're in.

I figured out a big part of the mystery very early. It seemed obvious to me. If you're reading this for the mystery, you may find it easy to solve.

I did like the relationships between the characters. I really enjoyed seeing Quinn and Nora's mom move from being an annoyance to an integral part of the story. She's a strong, very determined character who ended up stealing the show.

RTR's Bottom Line

While I could figure out Lucy's identity, the rest of the novel kept me on the edge of my seat. I read it in one sitting and enjoyed every minute of it. For that reason, I recommend Little Broken Things.


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