Title: Little Disasters
Author: Sarah Vaughan
Publication: August 18, 2020
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Domestic Thrillers
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
A new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us.
You think you know her…but look a little closer.
She is a stay-at-home mother-of-three with boundless reserves of patience, energy, and love. After being friends for a decade, this is how Liz sees Jess.
Then one moment changes everything.
Dark thoughts and carefully guarded secrets surface—and Liz is left questioning everything she thought she knew about her friend, and about herself. The truth can’t come soon enough.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Domestic thrillers are not my favorite kind of crime novels, but Sarah Vaughan’s Little Disasters intrigued me from the moment I read the description. I love digging up people’s secrets.
This story had a few characters that the story was told from. One is a pediatrician and one is her close friend who is a stay at home mother of three. To start, this book touched on some pretty intense and taboo topics. For instance, postpartum depression and child abuse. I quite love books that dig into topics others don’t want to talk about and this book was no different. Vaughan wrote these issues in a way that was respectful to the illness, but also made an intriguing and gut-punching story.
The friends group in this book was like any other “mom group” of friends that would get together for birthday parties, group barbecues, and mom nights out. I loved that I could relate to these women. Vaughan wrote deeply elaborate characters that you wanted to know more about the more you read. And the anxiety and mental illness that Jess fights without throughout this book is so obvious to us, but is so easily concealed from her friends. It showed a truth to the situation.
The best part of this book… I never guessed the ending. I had suspicions, but never did I guess the full ramifications of the ending. I love that. Vaughan has a great way of writing a story that is broken up between past and present, but yet flows really well. I’ll definitely be checking out more from her.
STAR RATING: 4/5
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