Little Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

lovely little things

2/5 stars


Fiction – Thriller

Goodreads Summary

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.


I’ve been anticipating this book since I first heard about it! After hearing some great reviews, I was fully expecting to love this book! As hard as it is for me to write negative reviews, I want to be honest with you all if I don’t enjoy a book and I just did not enjoy this one.

This book ended up being quite a bit different than I was expecting. One of the narratives heavily ties in ancestral aspects, which just really lost me as I am not into that type of thing at all. I found that this part was overdone and really caused me to lose interest and get bored with the overall story.

The first half of the story dealing with the girls vanishing was heart-wrenching and extremely difficult to read. I can imagine this would be the case for anyone, especially parents. It was well-written but such heavy content that I considered not finishing the book.

I ended up skimming the last hundred pages because I was not invested in anything in this story. I still wanted to know how it ended and it was what I expected.

What I want you to know is that the reason I did not enjoy this book had nothing to do with the quality of writing. This book has excellent ratings on Goodreads so my opinion is clearly the unpopular one. If the synopsis above interests you, definitely give this book a try! While it wasn’t for me, you may love it!

Have you read Little Lovely Things? Did you enjoy it? I would love to hear!

Available April 2nd!

Thank you to Sourcebooks for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

Author Maureen Joyce Connolly’s website

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