Book Review: Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly #bookreview #suzyapprovedbooktours

Genre: Thriller

Published: April 2, 2019

Pages: 304


My Review:

Devastating and dark. Emotional and raw. This book and these characters will stay with me. Beautiful prose and a heartbreaking storyline. If you’re a mother this could be a difficult read.

Claire’s two young daughters are abducted in broad daylight and this unimaginable scenario begins a story that shows many sides of the people involved. Claire and her husband Glen must find strength in the face of unspeakable tragedy. How do you continue your day to day life? Do you come to resent the people in your life because they grieve differently? Can anyone really understand what the parent is going through?

One of my favorite people was Indian Jay White and his dream catchers – his storyline was memorable and magical as he struggles with his own demons and his role in the drama he’s been drawn into.

Jay waited a minute before he said goodbye, because Claire was crying. He felt his own tears gathering at edge of his eyes. He stopped himself from losing it, though, because he didn’t want to make the moment worse for her. But when she finally spoke, her voice was clear and strong. “Thank you,” she said. “For doing this with me.”

Side note: I didn’t know anything about Irish Travellers which is a gypsy group that plays an interesting part in the story.

This book is for someone who enjoys beautiful writing coupled with a suspenseful and terrifying storyline.

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About the Author:

Maureen is a former owner of a consulting firm that helped specialty drug companies to develop medications for ultra-rare diseases. Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. Her background in science and love of the natural world informs and inspires her writing. LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is her debut as a novelist. She is also an award-winning poet, published in diverse outlets such as Emory University’s Lullwater Review and Yankee Magazine.

Maureen is a foodie and appreciates interesting recipes. She also enjoys painting (especially flowers and sycamore trees), competing in races with her dragon boat team (Go Fierce)!, and reading (of course). She relishes spending time with her three children, her husband and her pets; a ridiculous terrier named Huckleberry, and a plump orange cat, Pumpkin.

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  1. Sounds terrifying! Anything that has to do with children is always a scary concept! I hope will heart will hold!


  2. GAH. Abduction books scare the CRAP out of me, but I still find myself reading them from time to time. This sounds fascinating!


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