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"Sweet, scary and sometimes sordid, Little Broken Things is filled with determined women tenacious in their love for a girl whose childhood has been anything but easy." (Shelf Awareness)
"Mesmerizing...an accomplished exploration of the fragile bonds of a family as they attempt to overcome obstacles they never saw coming. (Publishers Weekly)
"Baart’s novel of familial ties, betrayals, and longoverdue confrontations ventures into the territory of Paula Hawkins, Mary Kubica, and Kimberly Belle. Baart’s pacing keeps the novel driving forward, while a core group of narrators offers different perspectives on the murky facts of Lucy’s upbringing. Full of twists and turns, this is a great addition to the recent surge in suspenseful domestic fiction." (Booklist)
"Part psychological thriller, part women’s fiction, Baart’s latest novel is wholly compelling. Told from the perspectives of three complex women (a mother and her two adult daughters) over the course of four emotional days...Questions abound and, in true thriller fashion, answers are doled out on a need-to-know basis, keeping the tension high from beginning to end. Baart’s smartly exquisite prose and her setting of a scene, not so much physically as mentally, allows readers to relate personally to these three women and to embrace the little girl in their care. The intricacies of family relationships, love and friendship are all skillfully explored, layered in all the right places and captivating in its entirety." (Romantic Times)
"Richly atmospheric and featuring a compelling cast of sharply drawn female characters, Little Broken Things is both a page-turner and a thoughtful examination of what it means to mother and be mothered, in all its most real and varied forms." (Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her )
"Beautifully layered...gives readers everything they could possible want in a novel - vivid, engaging characters, a town filled with dark secrets, a mind-twisting mystery and the ferocious power of a mother's love. Original and gripping, Little Broken Things is a stunner that will linger with you long after the final page is turned." (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not A Sound )
“If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart, which will be released in November—just in time for your Thanksgiving holiday reading. This novel will engross you in the suspenseful story of Quinn Cruz; her estranged and troubled sister, Nora; and a mysterious little girl named Lucy who shows up on her doorstep.” (Southern Living)
"Nicole Baart weaves exquisite writing with unstoppable drama in this tale of family schisms and secrets on a collision course with life-threatening danger. Putting down Little Broken Things was impossible."
(Randy Susan Meyers, bestselling author of Accidents of Marriage and The Widow of Wall Street )
"I have long been a fan of Nicole Baart’s finely crafted, flawed characters, her deft plotting, her fluid, lovely writing, and all of these gifts are on display in Little Broken Things. I cared about these sisters, feared and hoped for them, and lost my heart to Lucy, the locked-shut little girl living in the center of the book’s secrets. It’s a gripping and suspenseful tale that kept me turning pages late into the night; move it to the top of your stack." (Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of The Almost Sisters )
"Nicole Baart has outdone herself with this lush, evocative family drama full of shocking twists and a heart-warming grand finale. I will think about the Sanford family for a good long time. Put Little Broken Things on your fall reading list now!"
(Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year )
"Little Broken Things made me abandon my life and responsibilities for days. Stunning, beautifully wrought, tenaciously hopeful—move this book to the very top of your book club list." (Kimberly Stuart, author of Sugar: A Novel and the Heidi Elliott series )
“Hold on to your hearts for this one. Nicole Baart leaves no emotion untapped with Little Broken Things as she nudges readers to ask: What kind of mother am I? With page after page of her trademark lyrical prose, Baart offers a treat of a tale that will please her loyal readers while drawing the praise of many more. Soul-stretchingly good!”
(Julie Cantrell, author of Into the Free and Perennials )
“Suspenseful, heartfelt, and emotionally rich, Little Broken Things explores the complicated bonds of family—those we’re born into and those we choose. Baart’s writing—as always—is a delight.” (Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept and In the Shadow of Lakecrest )
About the Author
- File size : 2906 KB
- Publication date : November 21, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Publisher : Atria Books (November 21, 2017)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- ASIN : B06ZYGFQQY
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,507 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was so well written that I found myself relating to and having real feelings for each of the characters. It was great to see how they all came together in the end, and ended up closer together than where they started.
This story is about as messed up as family dramas can get, and I thought the way each character struggled with and worked through their situation was understandable, though frustrating at times. As I noted above, the growth of each of the main characters though was wonderful, and great to see them each come into their own. Overall I highly recommend this one!!
The story begins with Nora dropping off a child with her sister, Quinn. This child’s origins are unknown to both the reader and Quinn, and leads all of us to question where she came from. Known as Lily, she is an integral part of the story, and leads all three women to realize something about their own roles as mothers. Quinn has been trying to get pregnant for awhile and loves kids, and Liz suddenly realizes that she may not have been the perfect mother for her own three kids. Nora’s part in Lily’s life is even more intriguing. Is she her biological mother? Did she kidnap the child? All of these possibilities are laid before us, but the ending may surprise you. I was not quite surprised, as I guessed the ending fairly early on, but there was so much more to this story than the predictable ending.
I loved this story and what the thoughts it brought to my mind. We had a fantastic discussion on Salt Water Reads and it brought to light even more than I ever could have imagined alone. I really enjoy being a part of a book club, even if it’s only an online one. If you’re interested in character development with a touch of thriller, this is an obvious choice!
This is a story that unfolds slowly and frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way. At times, I enjoy a fast paced suspense that has me holding my breath. But when it comes to multi-layered family stories, I prefer to have it unfold slowly so I can savor each revelation. Because I read so many thriller/suspense novels, I had no problem figuring out the final secret before it was revealed to the characters. Ms. Baart had done a good job of dropping all the subtle clues if you wanted to follow them.
I found Ms. Baart's descriptions to be lush. That is the only word that seems to apply to descriptive passages that made me want to linger to read again rather than feeling like the passages were slowing down the story. This is my first Nicole Baart novel and after reading it, I can't wait to start on the ARC of her latest novel I received recently.
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If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you’ll know I’m a sucker for pain, that pain wrapped up in beauty the author, in this case Baart, writes so that it hits you straight in the heart. Each of the Sanford woman carry their own bit of hurt, but this child, dear Everlee, I just wanted to scoop her up in my arms and shower her with love the way a mother would her only child, such is the power of Baart’s writing. Everlee doesn’t speak much throughout the novel but you sense in her this need for soothing.
“I have a deep affection for broken things.”
This novel is also darkly atmospheric in a mesmerising way; one of the things I really think helps build an atmosphere is when as author uses a one-word sentence to strengthen the previous sentence:
“But the words were thick and heavy on her tongue. Bitter.”
I really liked that Baart chose to tell this story from multiple viewpoints; Quinn, Nora, and their mother, Liz are layered characters and by giving each of them a point of view, we not only got to see the pieces of this puzzle fall inline but we get a chance to get to know each of these women.
Several times I went to purchase this novel and it was sold out everywhere, and having now read it, I can see why it’s so popular. If you’re a fan of the high-octane thrill ride, you won’t find that here – you have to be patient with this novel but it’ll win your heart in the end, especially if you’re a fan of Women’s Literary Fiction, slow-paced but suspenseful in nature, if you enjoy a family drama, then I highly recommend you read Little Broken Things.
What I loved most is the rich and vivid exploration of these characters. The relationship that grows between Quinn and Lucy/Everlee (the little girl) is so sweet. This isn’t a fast-paced thriller, but a slow exploration of relationships with beautiful writing and hints of suspense, a la Jessica Strawser.