Thank you to Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and NetGalley for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nicole Baart fans now have something new to dig into with the release of Little Broken Things today. It is the suspenseful story of a Minnesota family in a wealthy lakeside community and their carefully concealed secrets that come to light with the arrival of a mysterious little girl simply introduced as Lucy. An entertaining novel that may be a bit formulaic but is nevertheless un-put-down-able.
Baart cuts back and forth among three main characters, continuously moving the narrative forward with clues about the little girl’s identity and the terrible circumstances that led to her being left on a doorstep in Key Lake, Minnesota.
The impossibly sweet and beautiful Quinn Cruz who is married to a talented and ruggedly handsome artist. Her sister, Nora, for whom fierce loyalty and independence are main character traits. Their mother, Liz, recently widowed and slowly discovering authenticity after years of acting. Each woman narrates in alternating chapters. The men remain two-dimensional: self-centered at best and pure evil at worst.
Baart is skilled and controlled. Some of her passages are downright stunning, like this one: “Carnelian and tangerine, indigo and pink stirred so soft it looked like the raspberry sorbet she had loved as a girl.” Her book doesn’t shock like Gone Girls or sparkle like Big Little Lies but the plot is strong and the characters are likeable and the setting is interesting, making it the perfect Thanksgiving holiday read.
Best paired with a tin of dark chocolate “laced with flakes of chili pepper.”