Thank you so much TLC Book Tours and Atria Publishing for sending me a copy of Little Broken Things for review and for having me on this tour! Touching on topics of family, motherhood, and love all with elements of mystery and thrill this book kept me on edge until the last pages. Easily rate this 4 stars!
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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 unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.
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.
From page one I was hooked by both the writing style and the plot. This was such a unique story line, it was refreshing and made reading that much more enjoyable. Needing to know what was going on and what would happen next kept me glued to the pages of this book until the end and I loved every second of it. The characters, the writing, the plot all wound seamlessly together and I couldn’t believe that I was still surprised by plot twists with only a handful of pages left in the book. I felt like Nicole did a great job keeping the reader intrigued and surprised every step of the way.
Nora, Liz, and Quinn were three very different women and yet similar in many ways. They each grew so much as the situation in this book unfolded and in how they handled each wave that came along. If I were in any of their shoes I am not sure how I would have handled the situation or any of the other situations that happened through out their lives that are brought up during the course of the book. Especially the mother, Liz. She seems to go through the biggest change in this story from the doting wife who turned a blind eye to the affairs of her husband to someone who instead tried to forgive and move on with her life and make up for lost time. The bond between the Sanford women was weak, but it was clear that all of them needed each other and it was touching to see how each of them approached motherhood, sisterhood and family.
This book does deal with some hard topics such as child abuse and I think it is important to know that for anyone who may be upset by that. However, I think it is done so in a graceful way and just makes the impact of this family coming together to protect a little girl that much stronger.
I loved that while I guessed what characters were thinking about what was going on, I was also shocked when the truth came out. I don’t think there was a way to predict certain things and that just shows how great Nicole’s story telling is. I highly recommend this book and am so grateful I was sent this for review!
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