Book Review: Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly (audiobook)

Little Lovely Things

Author: Maureen Joyce Connolly Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers

Publication Date: 02 April 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Thriller/Mystery

Length: 10 Hours 14 Minutes

Publisher: Sourcebooks

A mother’s chance decision leads to a twist of fate that is every parent’s worst nightmare.

Claire Rawlings, mother of two and medical resident, will not let the troubling signs of an allergic reaction prevent her from making it in for rounds. But when Claire’s symptoms overpower her while she’s driving into work, her two children in tow, she must pull over. Moments later she wakes up on the floor of a gas station bathroom-her car, and her precious girls have vanished.

The police have no leads and the weight of guilt presses down on Claire as each hour passes with no trace of her girls. All she has to hold on to are her strained marriage, a potentially unreliable witness who emerges days later, and the desperate but unquenchable belief that her daughters are out there somewhere.

Little Lovely Things is the story of a family shattered by an unthinkable tragedy. Played out in multiple narrative voices, the novel explores how the lives of those affected fatefully intersect, and highlights the potential catastrophe of the small decisions we make every day. 

Little Lovely Things is an engrossing and heart-wrenching read that wrought with suspense that will leave you with goosebumps.

Claire Rawlings is an overworked and exhausted wife and mother who is also trying to finish up her medical residency. One momentary lapse in judgement (thanks to an allergic reaction) results in every parent’s worst nightmare…both of her daughters (Lily and Andrea) are kidnapped.

Now, I know you all may be thinking that we’ve seen this type of scenario play out time and time again, so how can this possibly be an original story? I promise you this story is so much more than the abduction and the terrible fate of both Lily and Andrea.

The story unfolds through multiple perspectives: the parents, the abductors (Moira and Eamon), the children, and Jay (a Native American man with gifted with extra sensory abilities). The characters are well developed and complex. I loved watching the characters paths intersect especially when it wasn’t obvious how things would play out.

While the story itself is beautifully written, gripping, and suspenseful, the narrator really elevated the experience of this book. Even though the narrator is American, she does an incredible job with the gypsy Irish accents that Moira and Eamon have, and the life that she gives the characters created a truly immersive experience.

If you’re looking for your next audiobook, I highly recommend checking this one out!

Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for the tour invite. Thank you to the publisher and author for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

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