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"A brilliant storyteller, Vaughan serves up every mother’s nightmare with consummate skill and a big heart… Impossible to put down." (Eve Chase, author of BLACK RABBIT HALL )
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"Another masterful page-turner… a truly gripping read." (Catherine Isaac, author of MESSY, WONDERFUL US )
"I read this with a fascinated, mounting sense of horror because it could all be too true. Compulsive reading with an ending I didn’t see coming." (Jane Corry, internationally bestselling author of MY HUSBAND'S WIFE )
"A deep dive into the dark side of motherhood. Highly recommended." (Erin Kelly, author of STONE MOTHERS and HE SAID/SHE SAID )
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About the Author
- File size : 2892 KB
- Publication date : August 18, 2020
- Print length : 444 pages
- Publisher : Atria/Emily Bestler Books; 4/1 edition (August 18, 2020)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07Z45JFPK
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1501172239
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,674 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's a heartbreaking and brutally honest representation of a group of young mothers and fathers coping with full time jobs, marriage, and our increasingly complex lifestyles which sometimes lead to helplessness and desperation. It brings home eloquently the challenges of raising a family and parenting. Lots of food for thought.
I listened to the audio version which was brilliantly read, but I also enjoy reading through the chapters on my kindle. It's very well written and researched.
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.
My Thoughts: When little Betsey Curtis suffers an unexplainable head injury and is hospitalized, questions come from the hospital, the police, and even the people closest to the mother, Jess Curtis. What creates the most doubt is the sense that Jess is hiding something, which is why her story doesn’t add up.
The ER doctor who first saw Betsey is Liz Trenchard, who is a friend of Jess, so she is taken off the case. But she can’t stay completely out of searching for answers, albeit unofficially.
Little Disasters takes us back and forth in time, revealing the ins and outs of the friendships between the characters. As we follow the timelines and the clues, we slowly come to know what happened. But who will be most damaged if the full truth comes out?
As we follow along with Jess’s internal monologue, woven with her dark fears, we also glimpse Liz’s past and something that happened in her childhood. Can anyone be truly exempt from blame when bad things happen?
As we sort through the clues, we soon realize the emotional issues that plague Jess, and even how Liz’s own childhood traumas affect her now.
A sly character adds a menacing layer to the story, and when all is revealed, much can be resolved. 4.5 stars.
Liz’s sympathies are torn. This was the friend that she shared first pregnancy and motherhood experiences with. In their social group, she and Jess had traded favors looking after kids and socialized on many occasions with their husbands. Their extended friends include other couples they met when they attended a prenatal group 10 years ago. The children brought the couples closer through playdates, sports activities, birthdays, and school. In the past year, Liz hasn’t seen as much of Jess.
Lately, Jess has been withdrawn and troubled. Betsey has been a difficult child from the start and hard to console. Jess and her husband’s middle child, Frankie, is also a handful with a short attention span and a penchant for getting into trouble. Jess is beyond stressed; at times, she envisions hurting Betsey.
Since Liz has been removed from the case, she can only try to understand what happened to Jess from a distance. This situation reawakens Liz’s memories of trying to protect her infant sister from a raging mom and a distant father. Through it all, Liz has a hard time believing that Jess hurt her child.
This novel had me in its grip from the first page. It’s an intimate mystery that examines young mothers' stresses trying to cope with multiple small children, hold marriages together, excel in careers, and present a flawless image to everyone else. I highly recommend the book to mothers trying to keep all the balls in the air. The book is well-written and insightful about female relationships and motherhood.
Looking forward to her next book.
New author & I enjoyed it!
Interesting characters & you really feel for Liz & PPD.
Top reviews from other countries
Sarah Vaughan’s writing has a really addictive pull to it, and I was immediately sucked into the story. I really felt for Liz when she was put in the situation right at the beginning. I could see that she wanted to help her friend in the best possible way, but I could also see that she had to think professionally about the situation and that she had to think of Betsey as her patient and not as her friend’s daughter. You can see here that the next steps Liz chooses to take will have a huge impact on their friendship for the rest of their lives.
We hear from both Jess and Liz’s point of view. I really struggled to stay on Jess’s side right at the beginning of the book, and I thought that Sarah Vaughan built her story and Liz’s well as the book progressed. There is tension on every page. As I struggled to see Jess’s side of the story, after Liz first interrogated her, I could never be sure if she could actually be dangerous, especially to other members of her family, while Betsey was being treated in hospital. It was the questions about Jess which I still had in my mind which kept me turning the pages and the tension turning up a notch.
This is also a multi-layered story. Liz’s personal story is complex, as well. Sarah Vaughan gradually reveals details about Liz’s past and the devastating events in her childhood which continue to have an effect on her in the future. You can begin to see why she makes some decisions that she does in the present.
I thought both Liz and Jess were two, very well rounded characters whose stories kept me gripped.
Little Disasters is a cleverly constructed page-turner, with the theme of motherhood at its heart that will keep you invested the entire way through. A solid five stars from me!
Throughout Little Disasters, Vaughan addresses many issues, some of which are really important in today's society. Vaughan's research into the themes is really thorough and this allowed me to think more carefully about the impact of issues such as safeguarding and mental illness not only on the families who are going through the issues, but also on the professionals who work with them.
As the novel progresses, the plot takes many turns, often in a really poignant direction. I don't usually cry whilst reading but there were certain points in Little Disasters where I felt my eyes pricking.