I received a complimentary copy of LITTLE DISASTERS by Sarah Vaughan. Thank you to Atria Books and Netgalley for the chance to read for an honest review!
Publication Date: 8/18/2020
Rating: 4 / 5
LITTLE DISASTERS follows two women. Liz is a doctor working at the hospital when she realizes the ten month old she’s been called to consult on is actually the daughter of her friend Jess. Jess is a stay at home mom of three who has a daughter not acting herself. Liz is shocked to find out that the baby has a severe skull fracture and Jess is unable to explain exactly what happened in a clear way.
Though Liz sees Jess as a perfect mother, it has been a while since they were last in touch and she’s left to wonder if she really knows Jess at all. Liz’s own history is filled with family tragedies of her own and a difficult maternal relationship.
There are significant trigger warnings for child abuse and mental health issues.
I wasn’t entirely sure at first if this would be a book for me, but after reading a few reviews from trusted sources I decided to give it ago and I am SO glad that I did! Though I’d originally heard it called a thriller, I went into this with the understanding that it was more family drama mixed with mystery which I think is more accurate. There are some twists along the way that I didn’t expect, but the study of maternal relationships and the characters is the strength of this book.
The author moves us between the past and the present and the perspectives of the lead characters very smoothly. I felt equally compelled to keep reading both women’s narratives! Had it not been for the pesky need for sleep, this would have easily been a single day read for me because I kept wanting to know more! The flashbacks gave enough information to give understanding to the present situation while still moving the story forward well.
I love to find a book touching on mental health and of course even moreso when a book does it well. This book delves into the stresses of motherhood and postpartum depression and talks about issues that really need to be talked about more!
LITTLE DISASTERS is out today and I would highly recommend you add it to your shelves!