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Little Broken Things - Nicole Baart (2017)


Nora is desperate to keep Everlee safe and the only person who can help her is her sister Quinn. Quinn is surprised when her older sister calls her out of the blue asking to meet her. And she is even more surprised when Nora leaves with her a young girl who she calls Lucy and runs away without any other explanation. Quinn also has other things to worry about, including the fact that she is unemployed, she often feels distant from her husband Walker, and they are currently living in one of her parents' cabins. In the meantime, Nora and Quinn's mother, Liz, feels it's her duty to try to control her daughters' lives until she realises that her past mistakes drove them away from home.
The novel is told from different points of view. Although there is suspense and a few dramatic moments, this is above all a novel about family, about the often complicated relationship between a mother and her daughters, about past mistakes and secrets. The pacing of the narration is often slow as the characters go on trips down memory lane or it focuses on their emotions. The tension is often high as the truth is slowly revealed, but there are no violent scenes that will shock you. This is an intriguing and thought-provoking novel with well-developed characters, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty. (NP) 8/10



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