Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan is a dramatic story that will surprise you. Almost entirely told in dual perspective, the book explores the themes of child neglect and female friendship. While there is some element of mystery to the narrative, this book reads more like a contemporary than a thriller.Title: Little Disasters
Author: Sarah Vaughan
Publisher: Atria Books
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Adult Fiction
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
In this new novel from the internationally bestselling author of the “cool, sharp, and beautifully written” (Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author) Anatomy of a Scandal, a doctor is faced with an ethical dilemma when her friend’s child lands in the emergency room.
Liz Trenchard is an experienced pediatrician with a duty to protect all children admitted to her busy emergency room When Jess Curtis, an affluent, stay-at-home mother, turns up at the ER one night with her baby girl, she immediately prompts suspicion. The ten-month-old has a blow to the head her mother doesn’t seem to have noticed, and Jess has a story that doesn’t stack up.
Meanwhile, Liz is riddled with doubt as she confronts secrets held by her mother, whose neglect not only led to a childhood tragedy involving her brother but raises questions about another baby Liz half-remembers from thirty-five years ago.
With Sarah Vaughan’s signature “clever and compelling” (Claire Douglas, bestselling author) prose, this is a tightly-wound and evocative page-turner that will haunt you long after you finish the final page.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
Most of the book focuses on the perspectives of two friends, Jess and Liz. Jess is a stay at home mom who is struggling with keeping her perfect household together after the birth of her third child. The author shows how Jess is desperate to appear like she has it all together despite the fact that she is doing most of the parenting and household work alone. Jess’ baby is very fussy and it seems to be affecting her mental health, although Jess has kept this to herself. Her friend Liz is a doctor in the local hospital that attended to Jess’ baby in the ER after a “fall.” The incident opens up a whole can of worms for both women and sets the story in motion.
❀ A Strained Friendship
Liz is put in a hard position, as the injury to Jess’ baby is one that raises all sorts of red flags. An investigation is launched and this puts a strain on their friendship as well as Jess’ marriage. It is interesting to read about both women and their experiences growing up. Their past histories have helped shape who they are and the choices they have made in life.
❀ Character-Driven Plot
Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan is one book to pick up if you enjoy a character-driven plot that has lots of drama. There is definitely a whodunit aspect to the story, but it reads more like an intense drama in my opinion. The characters are interesting and the story is one that will keep the reader engaged. It is a great addition to a fall TBR.
20 thoughts on “Review: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan”
Oooh this sounds like a great read! Im adding it to my TBR pile! Thank you
I’ve got to say I don’t love lots of drama in a book but I do enjoy character-driven plot so I’m leaning towards wanting to read it even with the drama 😛
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I don’t think I’ve heard of a book with this topic before. I’m already cringing for Liz…and for Jess.
I haven’t heard of this before but it sounds compelling and I’m glad you liked it:)
This sounds like a good book and one I could really get into reading.
Having the dual POVs sounds like a great way to get into the minds of the two most important characters!
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Sounds like a great addition to a fall TBR!
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I’m not a fan of creepy, but this plot sounds intriguing!
wow, this sounds very interesting, thanks for sharing!
This one does sound interesting. Thank you for the review.
I dont like reading books with heavy topics in them such as child abuse. I know that it happens in real life all the time, but it’s not a healthy place to be in your headspace all the time worrying about something you can’t control. I’m not against these books being published (in fact I think it’s great) I just can’t put hours of my time into reading about something that makes me so emotional…
Thanks for the great review! I’m now putting this book on my reading list. I love complex, character-driven books. The more emotional I get, the better!
Sounds like a good book.
This is getting getting added to my TBR list and I am looking forward to reading it.
Sounds like a great book
I’ve been hearing about this one! I will have to try it
I want to read this. Thanks for the review.
Looks like an interesting read! I’ll definitely have to check this one out.
Little Disasters sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing your review and have a wonderful weekend!