Book Review: Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

Release Date: November 21, 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
Format: ebook
Pages: 369 pages
Genre:  Fiction
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


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.


I got this book through in a page habit crate.  It is not something that I would have picked up on my own but the premise sounded good.  It could have been great but the writing style was a little lean for my liking, things too simplistic.  This whole story takes place over the course of a couple days and it just falls a bit short.  I liked the character of Nora's mother Elizabeth the best she seemed the most fleshed out and even that wasn't so great. She looks back on mistakes she may have made and what she can do differently now.  She learns and evolves where I think the other characters just sort of stay the same, even Tiffany, Nora's friend who is running from her past mistakes.

I liked the premise of this story and really wish the characters were a better written.  Some of the revelations are huge with huge consequences for the family but it doesn't seem to ruffle anyone they just keep on going. It just seemed a little too contrived for me but overall it was an okay read.  Not too deep might make a good beach read.

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