I received a copy of Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. A story about a family and told from the view points of two sisters and their mother, I thought I had this book figured out from the beginning. Then I found out I was wrong. I love when that happens!
“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.”
The strained relationship between the mother and her daughters is tested even further when they come together to protect a child – and Quinn and her mom Liz don’t even know whose child she is. They have their suspicions of course, but the reader knows they are likely incorrect. The main mystery of the book is who Lucy’s parents are and why Nora hands her over to Quinn for protection. Because they don’t know the whole story, some mistakes are made that lead to further complications in the situation. I enjoyed seeing the family come together and bond for the sake of Lucy, and I especially enjoyed the reveal of the secret in the end.
What have you been reading lately?