Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart

Little Broken Things

“If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living“Steeped in menace, Baart’s latest is a race-to-the-finish family drama.” —People An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpecte...

Title:Little Broken Things
Author:
Rating:
Edition Language:English

Little Broken Things Reviews

  • Diane S ☔

    2.5 I am not going to rehash the plot, and I really wish I could have liked this more. It was very slow moving and very predictable. The last third of the book held the most interesting for me, but I also found it unbelievable. Nora and Tiffany, their story just didn't hold together. Nora and Quinn's mother was a piece of work, lived in her own la la Land. Everlee though, the little girl I adored.

    Another sisters read that had us a opposite ends of the spectrum. Also my review doesn't reflect th

    2.5 I am not going to rehash the plot, and I really wish I could have liked this more. It was very slow moving and very predictable. The last third of the book held the most interesting for me, but I also found it unbelievable. Nora and Tiffany, their story just didn't hold together. Nora and Quinn's mother was a piece of work, lived in her own la la Land. Everlee though, the little girl I adored.

    Another sisters read that had us a opposite ends of the spectrum. Also my review doesn't reflect the writing, which was fine, it reflects my feelings toward the plot. Many have rated this very highly, I just couldn't.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • JanB

    2.5 stars, definitely not a 3, but since half stars aren't possible, I'll round up

    The premise is intriguing: Quinn's estranged sister, Nora, drops off a little girl named Lucy, who bears an uncanny family resemblance, and tells Quinn to keep the little girl's presence a secret. Nora then disappears without explanation.

    Secrets tend to be revealed sooner or later, and this one is no exception. Just how does one hide a little girl? There are mysteries to be solved: who are her parents? Why is she

    2.5 stars, definitely not a 3, but since half stars aren't possible, I'll round up

    The premise is intriguing: Quinn's estranged sister, Nora, drops off a little girl named Lucy, who bears an uncanny family resemblance, and tells Quinn to keep the little girl's presence a secret. Nora then disappears without explanation.

    Secrets tend to be revealed sooner or later, and this one is no exception. Just how does one hide a little girl? There are mysteries to be solved: who are her parents? Why is she being hidden and why must it be kept a secret? Where has Nora been all these years? The story is gradually revealed through each character's point of view in alternating chapters. More secrets are revealed, secrets that have caused damage in the family.

    It's a great set-up that failed to completely deliver. The pacing was uneven and often failed to keep my attention. I found some character arcs predictable and I simply didn't buy into some of their actions. Donovan was a caricature of a "bad guy", and Nora's actions and dedication to Tiffany all the years she was gone simply made no sense to me. Not only did they make no sense, they obviously traumatized Lucy, which made Nora a very unsympathetic character.

    The so-called twist at the end was anti-climactic. It was so obvious from the very beginning and my only emotion was puzzlement that it was such a surprise to the characters.

    However, although this ended up being a just OK read for me, all wasn't lost. My favorite character ended up being Liz. I think the author did an excellent job with her character development. I liked how not every story thread was tied up in a neat bow at the end, and the novel ended on a hopeful note, even if some of the scenes leading up to it were implausible.

    In an attempt to draw on the popularity of Big Little Lies, the blurb compares this book to Liane Moriarty's best seller. The only similarity I found was one: there are secrets. I wish publisher's would stop comparing books, as it does both the author and the reader a disservice.

    I read this with the Traveling Sisters, Brenda, Norma, Diane, Holly, Susanne and Lindsay, and, as always, it was enjoyable to talk about the book and our differing opinions.

    (edited to add link) The Traveling Sister review, and others, can be found on their blog here:

    * many thanks to Netgalley and Atria books for a copy of the book for review

  • Carol
  • Lindsay

    3 stars.

    This was a story about a mother’s love and sacrifice for her child and a family coming together after years of separation. At times, the book had my heart pounding, my worry intensifying, my stomach churning and my hope growing. There were some wild twists and turns that caught me completely off guard.

    I liked the main characters Quinn and Everlee. The remaining characters I had more of a hard time connecting with. Some ended up growing on me, while others began to irritate me and a few

    3 stars.

    This was a story about a mother’s love and sacrifice for her child and a family coming together after years of separation. At times, the book had my heart pounding, my worry intensifying, my stomach churning and my hope growing. There were some wild twists and turns that caught me completely off guard.

    I liked the main characters Quinn and Everlee. The remaining characters I had more of a hard time connecting with. Some ended up growing on me, while others began to irritate me and a few relationships felt awkward and forced. I also found some situations questionable from a realistic perspective, but I was still able to endure and enjoy the story unfolding.

    This book started off stronger than it ended. The beginning captured my attention and had me drawn into the storyline and characters. The last third of the book lost its spark for me as there was so much aimless going back and forth chasing after characters.

    Overall, I’m happy I read the book and enjoyed the story, but it wasn’t a standout novel for me. I loved reading this along with my Traveling Sisters – that experience never fails!

    A big thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Expected Date of Publication: November 21, 2017

    To find this review, along with the Traveling Sisters review, please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog at:

  • Holly  B

    4.5 Stars

    I have a new favorite author to adore! I was immediately drawn into the story from the first pages. It is beautifully written and captivating, I was engaged by the mysterious texts from the start!

    I could imagine myself getting a text from my sister, "I have something for you" and immediate panic strikes! This is possibly not good! The story and characters are multi-layered and ultimately reveal their inner motivations that drive them to make decisions they will later question. I really

    4.5 Stars

    I have a new favorite author to adore! I was immediately drawn into the story from the first pages. It is beautifully written and captivating, I was engaged by the mysterious texts from the start!

    I could imagine myself getting a text from my sister, "I have something for you" and immediate panic strikes! This is possibly not good! The story and characters are multi-layered and ultimately reveal their inner motivations that drive them to make decisions they will later question. I really enjoyed the different point of views as it gave me their perspective.

    The family is successful and lives in a small, quiet suburban neighborhood near a lake, but beyond the the outward appearance, secrets and past mistakes will threaten to change their lives forever.

    This story explores how one family members decision can snowball and entangle the entire family. Just how far would you go for a precious member of your family? Do you pull together or fall apart?

    I would highly recommend to fans of family based mysteries that reveal hidden secrets and motives that may have you asking yourself- What would I have done?

    Traveling sister read with Brenda, Diane, Susanne, Jan, and Lindsay. Another great sharing of our "thoughts". I respect everyone's opinion, although we didn't all agree.

    Thanks to Netgalley, Nicole Baart, and Atria for the ARC

    Publication expected on 11/21/2017

  • Brenda

    3.5 Stars

    Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review by Brenda with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Susanne, Jan and Holly

    I read Little Broken Things along with six of my Traveling Sisters and it left us in different coulees once again. We were mostly split into two different ones, some sisters were lost in the lush coulee and enjoying this one and others were lost in the dry coulee and finding themselves bored and napping leaving them uninterested in this one.

    Little Broken Things starts off suspenseful and

    3.5 Stars

    Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review by Brenda with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Susanne, Jan and Holly

    I read Little Broken Things along with six of my Traveling Sisters and it left us in different coulees once again. We were mostly split into two different ones, some sisters were lost in the lush coulee and enjoying this one and others were lost in the dry coulee and finding themselves bored and napping leaving them uninterested in this one.

    Little Broken Things starts off suspenseful and caught the attention of some sisters and then slows down quite a bit in the middle leaving us a bit disappointed and then picks up near the end and wrapped up quite nicely for the sisters in the lush coulee. We would have liked it to have been a bit better paced.

    Nicole Baart delivers a quieter suspenseful mystery novel with some family drama that is free from using any shock value to surprise her readers, making this one a nice safe read. There is a little dark to the story to add to the dynamics of the family, however, there are no surprises here. The sisters in the dry coulee found that to be predictable and were bored with the storyline. The story is a refreshing yet a little dark that explores the complicated relationships between flawed women and what ties a family together. The story revolves around a little girl Lucy who captured our hearts and we enjoyed the relationships she had with the women in this story.

    Norma and I recommend this one to readers who are looking for a safer, suspenseful story with some family drama with no real surprises to shock you.

    Publication date: November 21, 2017

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our sister blog:

  • Susanne Strong

    2.25 Stars* (rounded down)

    Quinn gets summoned by her sister Nora via text: “I have something for you.” Never in Quinn’s wildest dreams does she imagine that the summons involves a little girl. Or that Nora needs Quinn to hide her and keep her safe – without any explanation. It is clear that something sinister is going on, yet Quinn has no idea what. And then Nora takes off leaving her with a little girl she calls “Lucy.” Hiding “Lucy” however, proves quite difficult.

    Nora is clearly in danger. T

    2.25 Stars* (rounded down)

    Quinn gets summoned by her sister Nora via text: “I have something for you.” Never in Quinn’s wildest dreams does she imagine that the summons involves a little girl. Or that Nora needs Quinn to hide her and keep her safe – without any explanation. It is clear that something sinister is going on, yet Quinn has no idea what. And then Nora takes off leaving her with a little girl she calls “Lucy.” Hiding “Lucy” however, proves quite difficult.

    Nora is clearly in danger. The only person she can turn to is her employee and friend Ethan. Soon things go from bad to worse and everything Nora holds dear is threatened.

    For me, unfortunately, this novel was a quite a let-down and was extremely predictable. The pacing was very slow and the writing just never came together.

    This was a Traveling Sister Read and it included: Brenda, Norma, Diane, Holly, Jan and Lindsay.

    Copy furnished by NetGalley.

    Published on Goodreads on 10.28.17.

  • Norma

    3.5 stars rounded up!

    LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by NICOLE BAART was an engaging, suspenseful, and a slower paced mystery novel which had an intriguing storyline revolving around family secrets and the sacrifices and bond between mothers and daughters.  Little Broken Things I thought was the perfect title for this novel which is filled with familial broken relationships and the sacrifices of a mother’s love for her family.  With a little honesty, hope, and understanding maybe all the little broken thin

    3.5 stars rounded up!

    LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by NICOLE BAART was an engaging, suspenseful, and a slower paced mystery novel which had an intriguing storyline revolving around family secrets and the sacrifices and bond between mothers and daughters.  Little Broken Things I thought was the perfect title for this novel which is filled with familial broken relationships and the sacrifices of a mother’s love for her family.  With a little honesty, hope, and understanding maybe all the little broken things can be repaired with truth and love.

    NICOLE BAART delivers a beautifully written multi-layered story here which is told in multiple points of view which started off quite strong for me but lost me a little in the middle and then picked up again in the end.  The story starts off tense with a sense of impending danger from a cryptic text message that Quinn receives from her sister Nora, “I have something for you.”  Unfortunately, that sense of danger and tense feeling didn’t follow through the whole story for me but Lucy captured my heart and I was totally invested in the safety and fate of the little girl.  

    Even though some of this story was a little slow moving for me in the end this book touched my heart.  Would recommend to readers who appreciate a safe, steady-paced, and suspenseful family drama mystery story with hidden secrets that are revealed with no shocking moments.

    Publication date: November 21, 2017

    Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on our sister blog:

  • Zoeytron

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

    The title of this book is spot-on for a family that has grown apart for various and sundry reasons. A mysterious text from one sister to another will set things in motion for a reunion that may prove to hold some answers and possibly repair damage done.

    This was a little on the tepid side for me. A mite too predictable, and an ending too pat. On the upside, I liked the notion of how guilt acts as a scavenger, seeping in and feeding on scrap

    Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

    The title of this book is spot-on for a family that has grown apart for various and sundry reasons. A mysterious text from one sister to another will set things in motion for a reunion that may prove to hold some answers and possibly repair damage done.

    This was a little on the tepid side for me. A mite too predictable, and an ending too pat. On the upside, I liked the notion of how guilt acts as a scavenger, seeping in and feeding on scraps of discontent and melancholy. The author's acknowledgements were well worth reading, very touching.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    is indeed the next desirable novel for fans of

    and

    ; I could spot so many similarities in their writing styles and, while Baart is a new to me author, I felt like I had come home to a familiar story all the same.

    is a story filled with emotion, tension, and domestic drama. The book itself had some dark secrets spilled into the narrative and did manage to maintain an overall heavy feel, but I would still characterize this as a li

    is indeed the next desirable novel for fans of

    and

    ; I could spot so many similarities in their writing styles and, while Baart is a new to me author, I felt like I had come home to a familiar story all the same.

    is a story filled with emotion, tension, and domestic drama. The book itself had some dark secrets spilled into the narrative and did manage to maintain an overall heavy feel, but I would still characterize this as a lighter read in the sense that it didn’t contain the graphic violence that many readers like to avoid. If you enjoy suspenseful mysteries without all the added grotesque flair, this one is for you!

    The story is told through multiple POVs that were easy to follow; I found it an intriguing way to reveal the secrets and story piece by piece to the reader, a clever twist in itself. The characters were very onion like; not necessarily everyone will like them but they are multilayered and add flavor to the book. Personally, I thought they brought the story to an entirely advanced level and appreciate what the author accomplished; knowing her background and her advocacy for adoption and children, I could feel her knowledge wrapped up in this fictional story as a way to bring attention to very real issues.

    There’s not much I can say about the plot without spoiling things, but the pacing was a bit up and down. Obviously the beginning with the text messages and the big conclusion were compulsive to read, and the middle was fairly steady, but may be a bit slow to the reader who is used to a high octane thriller as their go to read. I could just as easily see this book enjoyed on a beach vacation as I could picture someone curled up under the covers in a mountain cabin by a warm fire reading it. The story was neither full on fluff or total heavy darkness; it had a nice balance to appeal to a wide array of readers and would highly recommend to the fans of dramas surrounding family secrets.

Books Finder is in no way intended to support illegal activity. We uses Search API to find the overview of books over the internet, but we don't host any files. All document files are the property of their respective owners, please respect the publisher and the author for their copyrighted creations. If you find documents that should not be here please report them. Read our DMCA Policies and Disclaimer for more details.