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  • A Super Story!

    😊 Sarah Vaughan writes a mind-blowing, incredibly good mystery/drama. Little Disasters follows mother of three Jess, whose youngest Betsey, just 10 months old, is nothing like her two older boys. Betsey is an often inconsolable and a quite demanding baby and Jess has felt overwhelmed virtually since her birth. Her husband Ed is supportive but is often absent as he works long hours. Jess has a small group of friends including Mel, Charlotte, and Liz who formed a friendship during their antenatal classes. Since Betsy's arrival Jess has felt isolated and so unsure of herself and scared of some of her inner thoughts that she fails to reach out for help, even from her closest friends. One night, paediatric doctor Liz is called to Accident and Emergency when baby Betsey is brought in with a suspicious head injury that does not match with the story Jess provides. Under the instruction of her obnoxious boss Neil, Liz advises the safeguarding team, and what unfolds is an extremely moving tale. Told from several points of view but principally those of Jess and Liz, the story goes backwards and forwards from the incident to their meeting at antenatal classes and beyond. Thrillers are one of my favourite genres and I couldn't wait to get started on Little Disasters. This was an impressive, meticulous and captivating read. The characters were expertly drawn and believable in their roles, the writing assured and vigorous. Sarah Vaughan was able to create a tone of foreboding that continued until the very last page, and frankly, I found the novel impossible to put down. Little Disasters was a mesmerising story incorporating main themes of friendship, domestic noir and motherhood. Add into the cooking pot some of the sub ingredients from the darker side of motherhood such as fury, despair, fear, loss of control and exhaustion and the reader can appreciate how sophisticated and special this novel actually is. The parts of both Liz and Jess were ingeniously created by the author, whose personalities were complex and intriguing. I loved the way the finer points of the tale were drip-fed to the reader as the story built to its satisfying conclusion. The added bonuses of the menacing moments and buckets of tension helped to make Little Disasters a true masterpiece. Overall, a clever and brave psychological thriller delivering many surprises, complete with an outstanding, attention-grabbing plot. 😊 I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel at my request from Simon and Schuster UK via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.

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