Little Disasters – Pin sharp suspense by Sarah Vaughan
‘A deep dive into the dark side of motherhood. Highly recommended’ Erin Kelly
From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal comes Little Disasters. A new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us.
You think you have the perfect family.
But everything can be broken.
Liz and Jess have been friends for ten years, ever since they both started a family. But how well do they really know each other?
When Jess arrives at the hospital with a story that doesn’t add up, Liz is the doctor on call.
Jess has devoted her life to family and home. But she is holding so many secrets.
As the truth begins to emerge, Liz is forced to question everything she thought she knew: about Jess, and about herself.
When something feels so personal, how do you stay professional?
Duffy’s Thoughts On Little Disasters
I selected Little Disasters the moment I saw it was written by Sarah Vaughan and didn’t even consider the book blurb. I loved Anatomy Of A Scandal and am still hoping the ABC or BBC picks it up for a drama series.
If I had read the book blurb, I may have thought twice about the theme. I can deal with serial killers and dark twisted domestic thrillers, but kids, mmm I wasn’t sure. I’m not a mother, so thought I would find it hard to resonate with the main characters, but Vaughan writes with a vision so crystal clear and detailed, you can’t help but be drawn in. I am not a mother, but I am a daughter and both these family dynamics run in parallel throughout the book.
Liz, the main protagonist, is a layered character and you don’t immediately get a full handle on her until quite a way in to the read and it works extremely well. Her story is slowly pulled out like a thread in an old sweater in the shadow of Jess her best friend and biggest worry.
I feel a little uncomfortable saying that it was a good, or enjoyable read given the subject matter, but it was certainly enthralling and eye-opening for me as a reader. I’m officially a fan of Sarah Vaughan, although Anatomy Of A Scandal is still a stand-out for me, Little Disasters shows that Sarah Vaughan will become a powerhouse in suspense.