Snow days aren’t nearly as fun as an adult. We have places to be, money to make and LOTS of errands to run. Also, I’m in the healthcare field and it never shut down. FORTUNATELY, this snow day was different! My schedule was lighter and all my patients cancelled so I had nothing to worry about. (this never happens!!) So I spent the day on the couch, alternating between The Bachelor episodes, mimosas and reading-aka the perfect day. It’s no surprise that I finished Little Broken Things.
Going in, I thought this book would be more about family drama and broken relationships between sisters. I even told my friend it was going to be “less mystery, thriller-ish” and gave her a book I thought she’d like more. WELL, was I surprised! I always leave the thrillers to Kaylie, but this one snuck up on me. Now, you might have read this book already and be thinking that I’m insane for thinking it’s a thriller/mystery BUT remember, I don’t typically read this sort, so just give me this. It’s not so much a “thriller” but there was definitely mystery. The writing has been compared to Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany, and I can definitely see the similarities here, so if you’re a fan of the aforementioned, you’ll enjoy Nicole Baart too!
The book starts with a text conversation between sisters Nora and Quinn, a cryptic message sent by Nora. Off the bat, you gather they don’t have the typical BFF sister relationship. Once they meet up, Nora essentially says, “here, take this.” and leaves Quinn in the dust with a little girl who Nora calls Lucy. Quinn is completely flabbergasted and has no idea who the child is or anything about her; Nora refuses to say anything other than “she’s one of us”…ok, suspicious much?! Clearly, Nora is hiding Lucy, who appears scared and quiet, refusing to talk or give any hint to their situation. You’ll be tearing through the pages to figure out who she’s hiding from and why. The rest of the story flips narrative between Quinn, Nora and their mother, Liv.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. It was surprising, but not completely unpredictable, and I read it really quickly. It’s definitely a page turner, with a good mixture of family drama and suspense, just not the kind that has your palms sweaty and keeps you awake at night.
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 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 NicoleBaart.com or connect with Nicole on social media.
This was my first Nicole Baart novel and thanks to Saltwater Reads for picking it as their December book–even though I’m really late to the game! I’ll definitely be checking out her other works in the future and think you should too! Purchase your copy of Little Broken Things here.
Let me know if you’ve read Little Broken Things, what your thoughts are, or if you decide to read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.