Little Disasters
“Taut, clever, compelling, and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.”—Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal—a new thought-provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us.You think you know her…but look a little closer. 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. With Sarah Vaughan’s signature “clever and compelling” (Claire Douglas, author of Last Seen Alive) prose, Little Disasters is a tightly-wound and evocative page-turner that will haunt you long after you finish the last page.

Little Disasters Details

TitleLittle Disasters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 18th, 2020
PublisherAtria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN-139781501172229
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Mystery

Little Disasters Review

  • Dorie - Cats&Books :)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fast paced drama/mystery which I tore through pretty quickly. Ms. Vaughn writes a heartbreaking story with humanity, realism and characters that I grew to understand and care for.Jess is a mother of three, her youngest Betsey, 10 months old, is not at all like her two older boys. She is a baby who is often inconsolable and requires a lot of holding, nursing and attention and Jess has felt overwhelmed pretty much since her birth. She felt as though she had things under control and This is a fast paced drama/mystery which I tore through pretty quickly. Ms. Vaughn writes a heartbreaking story with humanity, realism and characters that I grew to understand and care for.Jess is a mother of three, her youngest Betsey, 10 months old, is not at all like her two older boys. She is a baby who is often inconsolable and requires a lot of holding, nursing and attention and Jess has felt overwhelmed pretty much since her birth. She felt as though she had things under control and organized until Betsey was born. Her husband Ed is supportive but often absent, he works long hours and pretty much leaves the parenting to Jess. As a mother of four daughters, I could relate to some of the isolation and feelings of helplessness when a newborn continues to cry and cry despite all of your efforts. I can even remember putting my baby in her crib, closing the door and going away for 15 minutes or so to collect myself. It happens to most mothers at some point I think if we are all being honest.Jess has a group of friends including Charlotte, Mel and Liz who formed a friendship during prenatal classes for their first born children. Since Betsy was born Jess has felt isolated and yet she is so unsure of herself, scared of some of her inner thoughts that she fails to reach out for help, even from her closest friends.The drama begins when Betsy is brought into the ER by Jess with a head injury. Liz, a pediatrician, on call in the hospital, is called to the ER when Betsy is brought in. Because of their friendship and hospital protocol, the child’s care is quickly shifted to another pediatrician. When they perform a scan they discover an injury that doesn’t fit with the admission statement that Jess made. Quickly Social Services is called in, the police get involved and Jess’s care of her children is brought into question.Her husband Ed begins to question Jess’s explanation also and wonders why she didn’t share his sense of urgency until “he had shouted at her in frustration and threatened to call a cab to take the baby himself? . . . .Jess had taken quite some persuading, had insisted that Bets must just have a virus and initially accused him of overreacting.”Slowly as we work backwards through the story, told mostly in the voices of Jess and Liz, we find that Jess had an unhappy childhood which is one reason why she has tried to be “perfect”. We can feel her self distrust when some of her “visions” of causing harm to her child are revealed; she has been struggling and very unhappy for a long time.Her friend Liz has a large part in the story, she also had a difficult childhood. She has a lot of empathy for Jess and tries to do what she can to help her and her family. She will be the one who ultimately finds out what truly happened to this little girl.There are several twists to the story and just when I thought the novel was wrapping up, another layer was exposed which explained everything.There is much to think about in this book and very pertinent to our times. Mothers are often meant to be everything, a mother, a career woman, a wife and taking care to get exercise to keep her figure in pre baby shape. I think this quote says a lot:“Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world” -- Robert HIllyerI would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written, character driven drama.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.The novel is set to publish in August of 2020.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    How far you may go to make your children safe and give the care, comfort they need? A mothers job is looking after them, feeding them, keeping them healthy, happy, fulfilling all their mental and psychical needs but what happens to all those caring and sacrificing mothers when they get exhausted, all alone to achieve their best and when the time comes, they find out their best is not a great option for their kids! This book is not a thriller or mystery, this is though-provoking, questioning and How far you may go to make your children safe and give the care, comfort they need? A mother’s job is looking after them, feeding them, keeping them healthy, happy, fulfilling all their mental and psychical needs but what happens to all those caring and sacrificing mothers when they get exhausted, all alone to achieve their best and when the time comes, they find out their best is not a great option for their kids! This book is not a thriller or mystery, this is though-provoking, questioning and quite perfect analyze of how compelling, serious, life-changing job, title: the motherhood is. It’s an amazing women’s fiction/family drama. It questions women’s maternal instincts, endurance under humanly impossible conditions like sleep deprivation, 24/7 being there for their child, gathering wits together not to suffer from poor judgment and fail from critical choices they make about their children’s lives. I’m not a mother. I wish I could be but you know the old Yiddish proverb: “We plan, God laughs” But I think this book truly affected me more than I expected with different mothers’ stories, their unique kind of approaches about raising children and sometimes losing your control, patience may result with so many unexpected and life changing consequences. I felt like somebody dropped down cold ice bucket on me! I’m still shivering, numb, shocked, flabbergasted and shaken. This is POWER OF GREAT STORYTELLING. Let’s give a quick summary about the plot: Liz, brilliant pediatrician having another crazy train ride of day during her shift and she meets one of her friend Jess brought her baby to the emergency room. They just estranged a little bit because of Liz’s over demanding profession, kids, husband and other activities fills her life and Jess also didn’t make any effort to connect with her either. And now she looks skeptical. Till Liz asks her about the bump at her baby’s head that she didn’t mention it before, she gets in panic and gives indecisive answers. And after checking the baby with their procedural tests, X-rays, they find out Liz’s story doesn’t add up. There are big holes about the explanation how her little girl hit her head. Could she hurt her little girl? Or anyone at their house could do that? Could she suffer from some postpartum depression? Do she and her husband have ill-fated relationship affected the way they treated to their own children? Liz deals with too many questions and also worries about her mother’s mentally unbalanced state who suffers from terminal disease and for making things for worse she drinks herself to death. Is there anything crucial she doesn’t share with her? Conclusion of the story is foreseeable but it’s still satisfying and well-done. The characters are well-built, slow-burn story-telling and multi POVED narration worked well with the progression but I still feel there are some parts could be emitted because you already understand what’s gonna come next and you don’t want to read more pages till the obvious things start to come out. Overall: Even though the story’s pace would be better with some edited parts, I enjoyed the writing, character building and realistic, genuine, argumentative approach of the author. So I stick with my shiny, thrilling four stars for the love of motherhood!Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books/Emily Bestler Books for sharing this fantastic ARC in exchange my honest review. This is my first Sarah Vaughan book and I’m looking forward to read more works of her as soon as I start trimming my frightening Mount TBR!bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah Vaughn has done it again! This is another book that is impossible to tear yourself away from. This is a very emotionally charged psychological drama that is beautifully written. The central premise being the difficulties of parenting especially the early months when your baby may not settle and nothing you do stops the crying or even worse, the screams. Liz is a paediatric doctor and is called to A and E when baby Betsey, daughter and third child of her friend Jess, is brought in with a Sarah Vaughn has done it again! This is another book that is impossible to tear yourself away from. This is a very emotionally charged psychological drama that is beautifully written. The central premise being the difficulties of parenting especially the early months when your baby may not settle and nothing you do stops the crying or even worse, the screams. Liz is a paediatric doctor and is called to A and E when baby Betsey, daughter and third child of her friend Jess, is brought in with a suspicious head injury theta does match with her story. At the behest of her unpleasant boss Neil, the police and social services are called and what unfolds is movingly told from several points of view but principally Jess and Liz. The story goes backwards and forwards from the incident to their meeting at ante natal classes to the incident and beyond. As you read you feel a range of emotions including sadness and empathy. Liz and Jess are united in that they both had very difficult childhoods but the incident with Betsey tests their friendship. It forces Liz in particular to focus on suppressed memories from her own childhood and on several terrible events and the difficult relationship with her mother. Liz is lucky that she has a rock in Nick, her steady and kind husband. The characters are well portrayed and most are likeable because like all of us they have frailties although Charlotte is not at all easy to like. She is sharp and cold and as the story progresses you realise there is good reason to distrust and dislike her. I especially like the portrayal of the children especially Jess and Ed’s boys. Jess’s mental breakdown is distressing and you feel her pain as she tries to wipe away her problems with antibacterial spray. Her husband Ed is good at earning the beans (and plenty beans) but is content to leave parenting to Jess with disastrous consequences. He does thankfully emerge a better person. I like the exploration of the dynamics of friendship and family as things shift and change and this is sharply observed. There is tension and emotion as the novel builds to a twisty and unexpected climax and thankfully there is reconciliation, forgiveness and professional help for Jess. The end is optimistic which I like. Overall, a fantastic book that shines a spotlight on how hard and unrelenting parenting can be, that sometimes it is drudgery and very exhausting and at others, great joy. It captures the moments when even the best of parents can find themselves trapped in an endless cycle and it can be overwhelming without support. It’s an excellent psychological drama which I recommend. With special thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the ARC.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    I wish to express my sincere thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the advanced copy of Little Disasters in return for an honest review. The book was well written and the characters well developed. I regret to say that this book was just not for me through no fault of the authors literary abilities. I mistakingly thought from its description it would be a medical mystery, but instead found a grim, gut-wrenching tale of family dysfunction, mainly emphasizing postpartum anxiety and I wish to express my sincere thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the advanced copy of Little Disasters in return for an honest review. The book was well written and the characters well developed. I regret to say that this book was just not for me through no fault of the author’s literary abilities. I mistakingly thought from its description it would be a medical mystery, but instead found a grim, gut-wrenching tale of family dysfunction, mainly emphasizing postpartum anxiety and depression. On a personal note, being childless, and at the time finding doctors and counsellors dismissive of my feelings, it was difficult for me to connect with the four mothers and they did not resonate with me. Individual characters were experiencing anxiety, holding feelings of inferiority and guilt, and keeping secrets. I feel that the book will appeal to many readers and would raise interesting book club discussions. I will never look at postpartum depression and SIDS the same way again. The focus is on a mother of three who takes her eleven-month-old girl to the hospital, concerned that she threw up. The attending female doctor is her good friend so another doctor takes charge. It is discovered the little girl has a fractured skull. The mother denies she knew about any injury, but admits that the girl fell while trying to pull herself up from a crawling position when her back was turned. She appears suspicious and evasive when questioned and says she was never aware of the injury from the fall six hours earlier. The baby girl is kept in hospital, begins having seizures, and put into an induced coma. Child Welfare and the police question the mother. They are suspicious of the timeline, and the fact that the injury in no way coincides with the mother’s description of the fall. Her friends noticed changes in her personality around the time of her child’s birth. Her irrational behaviour leads her to snatch the sick child from the hospital room before stopped by security. There is much suspicion and speculation regarding what really happened on the day the toddler was injured. I failed to anticipate the shocking reveal near the end of the story.
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    This is a book about the complexities of motherhood. Four women meet at a birthing class, so at least their firstborns are all about the same ages. There is Liz, a doctor, whos slightly less successful because her superior doesnt appreciate her taking maternity leave for two kiddoes. There is Jess, who seems to be the perfect stay-at-home mom with a wealthy husband. Mel has two kids and when the novel starts, her husband has just left her for a much younger assistant. And there is Charlotte, who This is a book about the complexities of motherhood. Four women meet at a birthing class, so at least their firstborns are all about the same ages. There is Liz, a doctor, who’s slightly less successful because her superior doesn’t appreciate her taking maternity leave for two kiddoes. There is Jess, who seems to be the perfect stay-at-home mom with a wealthy husband. Mel has two kids and when the novel starts, her husband has just left her for a much younger assistant. And there is Charlotte, who is a successful lawyer.Told primarily from the points of view of Liz and Jess, Liz is working at the hospital when Jess comes in with her third child, a baby girl. Jess’s story is a little muddled, and the problem with the baby could be indicative of child abuse. Liz doesn’t want to be part of the team that reports this to Britain’s equivalent of social services because she knows what a conscientious, if high-strung, mother Jess was with her older two children. But police do investigate possible child abuse. Both Liz and Jess did not have easy childhoods. Because of celebrities telling their stories, we all know that even women who seem to have it all can suffer postpartum depression and can want to lose their mind when a baby is crying and crying, particularly when that mom also has two older sons, one of whom is not an easy child at all. Did Jess hurt her own baby? That is the mystery. Some twists I liked, others I thought were a little less successful. The novel did a good job of looking at motherhood from various perspectives. Moms need support, from other women and, ideally, their husband, and not all women should become mothers. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it.Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book, which RELEASES AUGUST 18, 2020.
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  • Gloria Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    Little Disasters is a thought provoking read into the dark side of motherhood Here we have a group of mothers who bond at their local prenatal classes for their first-borns and become long time friends. Old friendships are stretched to breaking point when one of the mothers, Liz a paediatrician doctor finds herself attending to one of her friends injured baby at the Hospital Accident and Emergency Department where she works and is given a story that just doesnt add up. Suspicions arise and Liz Little Disasters is a thought provoking read into the dark side of motherhood Here we have a group of mothers who bond at their local prenatal classes for their first-borns and become long time friends. Old friendships are stretched to breaking point when one of the mothers, Liz a paediatrician doctor finds herself attending to one of her friends injured baby at the Hospital Accident and Emergency Department where she works and is given a story that just doesn’t add up. Suspicions arise and Liz is put into a difficult position.This story has an air of mystery and is somewhat emotional as it deals with the stresses of motherhood, family, mental illness and trauma. It is well written and I enjoyed the characters and their friendships.I found once the story got going it became gripping with some unexpected twists that left me thinking long afterwards. I wish to thank Simon & Schuster for generously providing me with an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest review
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  • Emma Garland
    January 1, 1970
    Liz adores her job as a paediatrician but does not enjoy the night shifts that come hand in hand with the role. As she begins another, her own children tucked up in bed, she is called for a second opinion. Upon entering the room she recognises her friend Jess. She has bought her baby to the emergency room claiming she is unwell. When Liz begins to investigate she notices things arent adding up. The accident isnt matching the injury and the timeline is off. But this is Jess. Super mum Jess. A Liz adores her job as a paediatrician but does not enjoy the night shifts that come hand in hand with the role. As she begins another, her own children tucked up in bed, she is called for a second opinion. Upon entering the room she recognises her friend Jess. She has bought her baby to the emergency room claiming she is unwell. When Liz begins to investigate she notices things aren’t adding up. The accident isn’t matching the injury and the timeline is off. But this is Jess. Super mum Jess. A friend for over a decade. She just can’t believe it’s anything sinister. There has to be an innocent explanation, right? Oooooh I loved it! Dark, horrifying and unpredictable. The plot shifts and twists, revealing tiny pieces, everything building slowly. The characters are interesting and multifaceted, I suspected many. The ending was brilliant, I was pretty shocked and didn’t see it coming. A juicy, indulgent read. 5 stars from me. ✨
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    I've been on such a great run of amazing reads - unfortunately, this book ended that run. It's not that it is an awful book, but it is touted as a psychological thriller, but it is NOT in any way a thriller - it is more of women's fiction/domestic drama. If I had known that going into it, I may have had different feelings about the book, but I kept waiting for things to happen that just didn't. The book begins with Liz, a pediatrician, who is suddenly faced with an ethical and personally I've been on such a great run of amazing reads - unfortunately, this book ended that run. It's not that it is an awful book, but it is touted as a psychological thriller, but it is NOT in any way a thriller - it is more of women's fiction/domestic drama. If I had known that going into it, I may have had different feelings about the book, but I kept waiting for things to happen that just didn't. The book begins with Liz, a pediatrician, who is suddenly faced with an ethical and personally difficult decision when her good friend, Jess, comes into the emergency room with her 10 month old daughter, Betsey. Betsey has suffered a head trauma, yet Jess took over 6 hours to bring her to hospital and is vague about how the injury happened. Liz has no alternative but to report the injury, bringing social services and the police in to investigate. The investigation takes on a life of its own and secrets abound. I'm trying to come up with positives - it's an interesting insight into postpartum, but frankly, it's been done before and much better, in my opinion.The book is told through the POV of both Liz and Jess, but it jumps around from the present, where there are different perspectives given from multiple secondary characters, to the past when the women met in a childbirth class, but then also way back to when Liz's childhood. I didn't enjoy Liz's chapters at all, and found her childhood "backstory" distracting and unnecessary [Slight spoiler alert: I felt like it was thrown in for the author to show, 'see, here is what a really bad mom looks like - Jess is fabulous compared to her']. I found both Liz and Jess to be a bit lean in regard to characterization - Jess is the seemingly perfect stay-at-home mom, Liz is the guilt-obsessed working mom, etc. There are also too many secondary characters, who just cluttered the plot. Almost from the beginning, the plot is obvious - there are so many clues along the way that you can't help but catch on. There is a twist near the end that I didn't totally see coming (but that being said, it was unpleasant and unbelievable, at best). The ending also just did not work for me - while I do enjoy a book that ties things up in the end, I do not like when a serious, life-altering plot suddenly flashes six months in the future and everything is now coming up roses. That is just not true to life. The best thing I can say about Little Disasters is that it did present some thought-provoking insights into postpartum, but in the end, I couldn't get over the fact that the book just wasn't what I expected. I think I'm in the minority here, but for me, it was only a 3 star read.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan is an emotional and traumatic look at motherhood. It is not always the easiest story to read with some parts coming rather close to home. Once you pick it up you will want to keep reading so be warned. The author looks at mental health and anxiety in mothers from all angles and treats the subject respectfully. This book made me cry, imagining how these poor women were feeling and what they went through. The women in this book have been friends since their first Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan is an emotional and traumatic look at motherhood. It is not always the easiest story to read with some parts coming rather close to home. Once you pick it up you will want to keep reading so be warned. The author looks at mental health and anxiety in mothers from all angles and treats the subject respectfully. This book made me cry, imagining how these poor women were feeling and what they went through. The women in this book have been friends since their first antenatal class with their first children. 10 years later and Jess has her third child Betsy who is 10 months old. One night she brings her into the emergency department where her friend Liz is a pediactric doctor. Betsy has been sick and is very unsettled. When Liz find some that the child has a head injury and Jess’ story doesn’t add up she’s has no choice but to report it to social services. What follows is a heart breaking story of what happened to poor Betsy and why. Lies are told and emotions are high. Thanks to Simon and Schuster UK for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the authors previous book Anatomy of a Scandal so I was thrilled to receive this advance review copy. Its been on my To Read List for months.The story will resonate with many mothers, but not being a parent didnt prevent me from relating to the book. In fact, the opposite was true as I wondered if I possessed the selflessness needed to raise children. In Little Disasters, Jess has always been proud of her mothering skills. She loves all three of her children, but her newest baby I really liked the author’s previous book ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ so I was thrilled to receive this advance review copy. It’s been on my To Read List for months.The story will resonate with many mothers, but not being a parent didn’t prevent me from relating to the book. In fact, the opposite was true as I wondered if I possessed the selflessness needed to raise children. In Little Disasters, Jess has always been proud of her mothering skills. She loves all three of her children, but her newest baby has been challenging. She’s tired and frustrated and she’s going out of her mind. She doesn’t recognize herself and I felt much sympathy for her.Credit the author for tackling an unpopular subject with tact and fairness. Child welfare conjures up strong emotions and ‘Little Disasters’ gives a voice without judgement. It’s quietly powerful and pulled on my heart in its wake.Thank you to Atria Books, Sarah Vaughn, and Netgalley for my electronic copy!
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  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    January 1, 1970
    EXCERPT: She risks glancing down. Two eyes stare back. Please don't cry, please don't cry, the plea is automatic. The baby's bottom lip quivers and the uneasy quiet is broken with a bleat. Great gulps of rage soon drown out the heavy lullaby. Please be quiet. Just be quiet. Be quiet, won't you? Just be quiet, for God's sake!'It's no good. The walls push in; the heat bears down and the noise - the terrible crying that has been going on for three hours - engulfs her. Her eyes burn and she feels EXCERPT: She risks glancing down. Two eyes stare back. Please don't cry, please don't cry, the plea is automatic. The baby's bottom lip quivers and the uneasy quiet is broken with a bleat. Great gulps of rage soon drown out the heavy lullaby. Please be quiet. Just be quiet. Be quiet, won't you? Just be quiet, for God's sake!'It's no good. The walls push in; the heat bears down and the noise - the terrible crying that has been going on for three hours - engulfs her. Her eyes burn and she feels like joining in. She cannot cope with this: she cannot cope. She does not know how much more she can bear. ABOUT THIS BOOK: You think you know her…but look a little closer.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: Sarah Vaughan has written a heartwrenching and honest novel about a mother suffering from postnatal depression and anxiety. Motherhood is the most complex and difficult job in the world. There are no absolutes. What works for one child doesn't work for another. Every child has different needs. Husbands have needs. Thank God for friends, right? Those other women who are going through what you are going through. The women you can sit and laugh about the disasters with. The women who can put everything back into the proper perspective. But what happens when these women have gone back to work, have lives outside the home, and you are at home with a colicky, unsettled, unhappy baby and all your coping mechanisms are failing? Meet Jess. Jess, who always has everything under control, who runs everything with almost military precision, whom all the other mums envy. She has always been careful to hide her anxieties, but one ill advised decision has opened her Pandora's Box, and now there's no shutting the lid again. The calm, capable Jess has been replaced by a Jess incapable of making a rational decision, a Jess who knows that she is a bad mother. A very bad mother. I felt for Jess. I cried for and with her. I had a baby like Betsey. I would be up all night, walking around the lounge, baby on my shoulder, trying to quiet him so that my husband could get some sleep and be able to function at work. I would try to get an hour or two of sleep if, and if is the operative word, he went down during the day. But often the only way he would sleep was if he was in motion. I would put him in his pram and walk for miles. Then when I got home there was still washing to do - no disposable nappies then - and meals to prepare. I was a new mum in a new town, where I knew no one and had no support network other than an absolutely wonderful plunket nurse who was a mother of five children. She kept me sane. She was my lifeline. I read a great deal of this book with my heart in my mouth, my body tensed. Sarah Vaughan has captured the desperation of the sleep deprived mother perfectly. 'There is little that's more lonely than being at home with a distraught baby and an unraveling mind.' And behind this main thread lie historical tales of parental neglect, and sometimes abuse, and the determination of those who suffered not to repeat those mistakes. This was, strangely enough, an enjoyable read. I let out a huge sigh of satisfaction at the end. It's a story of friendship, and its limits, of the love of parents for their children, of trying to provide them with a better life, a more stable life, with more love than their parents had. And as icing on top of the cake, there was a trip down memory lane when Liz is transported, via a dog-eared postcard of Hastings Pier, to the cafe her mother had run when she was a child. The sort that aren't around any more, that served white bread and butter standard with every meal, tea in little metal teapots, glass bottles of vinegar and brown sauce on the tables. Ours, where us girls would meet on a Friday lunchtime for the roast of the day and apple pie with cream and ice cream for $1.50, was the Regent. The five of us were thick as thieves back then, and this has made me realise that I know where only one of them is currently, and she is dead, felled by an aneurysm many years ago. A wonderful read. A realistic read. A thought provoking read. I will be reading more from this author. ❤❤❤❤.5#LittleDisasters #NetGalley 'The truth is hidden in things (left) unsaid.'THE AUTHOR: Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to be a journalist. After training with the Press Association, she worked for The Guardian for 11 years as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent before leaving to freelance and write fiction. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two young children. (Goodreads.com- abridged)DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Simon and Schuster Australia via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic. Heart wrenchingly authentic, a true portrait of parenthood and family, beautifully written throughout, with a depth of perception that is stunning. Full review to follow nearer publication. April 2020.
  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received!!!Thank you so much, Atria Books. You are too kind!! I am so excited to get my hands on Sarah Vaughan's latest!!
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    This was a very engaging and emotionally charged story of maternal parenting, postnatal depression, guilt and the true friendship that kept me totally gripped. A paediatric doctor Liz is faced with a difficult decision when her friends little girl has been brought in to A&E with a suspected head trauma. When the doubts arise whether it was an accident, Liz is torn between calling Social Services or trusting her friend. Little Disasters was a well-paced psychological drama with an excellent This was a very engaging and emotionally charged story of maternal parenting, postnatal depression, guilt and the true friendship that kept me totally gripped. A paediatric doctor Liz is faced with a difficult decision when her friend’s little girl has been brought in to A&E with a suspected head trauma. When the doubts arise whether it was an accident, Liz is torn between calling Social Services or trusting her friend. Little Disasters was a well-paced psychological drama with an excellent multi layered plot. As the story reveals layer by layer, we get to know a heartbreaking truth behind an incident and how it affects the whole family and friends. Both main characters are well portrayed and extremely believable and I could not help but felt sorry for them. I really enjoyed the twist at the end which I definitely did not see coming. This is definitely not and easy read but very compelling and beautifully written. Highly recommend.
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  • Renee Hermansen
    January 1, 1970
    This book keeps you turning the pages all the way through. It was an easy read that takes you on a journey through the lives of Liz, a paediatrician at the local hospital, and her friend of ten years, Jess, stay at home mother of three.When Jess arrives at emergency, with her baby having suffered a head injury, Liz finds herself asking questions and doubting the story Jess has given to explain this injury. An enquiry follows and the friendship is tested. This is an emotional story about This book keeps you turning the pages all the way through. It was an easy read that takes you on a journey through the lives of Liz, a paediatrician at the local hospital, and her friend of ten years, Jess, stay at home mother of three.When Jess arrives at emergency, with her baby having suffered a head injury, Liz finds herself asking questions and doubting the story Jess has given to explain this injury. An enquiry follows and the friendship is tested. This is an emotional story about motherhood, friendship and mental health.There are twists that keep you guessing. Many interesting characters add to this book. I found it hard to put down. This is my first read from Sarah Vaughan but look forward to others.Thanks to Simon&Schuster for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    There is little thats more lonely than being at home with a distraught baby and an unravelling mind. I really enjoyed this little gem. Even though I had figured out part of the "who" it was still an incredible read. I love that it focused on such an important issue, post-partum depression. It is a beautifully written story that sucks you into the lives of women who are really smart, strong and interesting. You get to see how the secrets we keep (sometimes even from ourselves), sneak into There is little that’s more lonely than being at home with a distraught baby and an unravelling mind. I really enjoyed this little gem. Even though I had figured out part of the "who" it was still an incredible read. I love that it focused on such an important issue, post-partum depression. It is a beautifully written story that sucks you into the lives of women who are really smart, strong and interesting. You get to see how the secrets we keep (sometimes even from ourselves), sneak into relationships. The harm comes when assumptions are made to try to understand the intent and motivations of people we tend to think we know well. There is enough action, and good writing to keep the reader firmly interested in the outcome for all of the fascinating characters in the story. I really liked this one...Sarah Vaughan has done it again.
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  • Anni
    January 1, 1970
    I mutter something about motherhood being much undervalued. That I couldnt do what shes doing and stay at home with the children; that its the hardest job in the world. No one tells you that, do they? she says, her face just that bit too close. She wants me to understand this. You think youll learn from your parents mistakes, that youll be a completely different mother to your mother, but no one tells you how hard it is.Like old age, motherhood is not for sissies. This is another scrupulously “ I mutter something about motherhood being much undervalued. That I couldn’t do what she’s doing and stay at home with the children; that it’s the hardest job in the world. ‘No one tells you that, do they?’ she says, her face just that bit too close. She wants me to understand this. ‘You think you’ll learn from your parents’ mistakes, that you’ll be a completely different mother to your mother, but no one tells you how hard it is.”Like old age, motherhood is not for sissies. This is another scrupulously researched and insightful novel from Sarah Vaughan. She tells it like it really is, with a viscerally depicted scene of a difficult birth and its psychological consequences. The message behind the narrative is that good parenting doesn't always come naturally – and how so much depends on the role models we have acquired from our own parents. Highly recommended for parents, would-be parents and non-parents alike.Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read an ARC
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  • Stacey Camp
    January 1, 1970
    **4 Stars**Jess is a picture-perfect stay at home mother; she is pretty, thin, and has three beautiful children, including her beautiful baby Betsey. She is married to Ed, a successful businessman who works long days and nights to sustain his family and help his wife stay home. Jess' world is flipped upside down when she finds herself being charged with negligent parenting after bringing Betsey into the ER. To make matters worse, the charges have been filed by Jess' friend and ER doctor, Liz, **4 Stars**Jess is a picture-perfect stay at home mother; she is pretty, thin, and has three beautiful children, including her beautiful baby Betsey. She is married to Ed, a successful businessman who works long days and nights to sustain his family and help his wife stay home. Jess' world is flipped upside down when she finds herself being charged with negligent parenting after bringing Betsey into the ER. To make matters worse, the charges have been filed by Jess' friend and ER doctor, Liz, who she befriended in a mother-baby group with their first children.The story is told from the competing perspectives of Jess and Liz. Liz is a hard-working mother who feels terrible for reporting Jess. However, Betsey's injuries appear serious; it seems as though she sustained a head injury, an injury that resulted in Betsey seizing and remaining hospitalized. Jess' story of how Betsey got injured is inconsistent, making everyone around her wonder if she committed an unforgivable crime.Did the taxing nature of motherhood cause Jess to hurt her child? Or is someone else responsible for Betsey's serious injury?Perhaps the guilty party is Ed, who might be having an affair on the side with Jess' friend, Charlotte. Or maybe it is one of Jess' sons, who are somewhat neglected due to the arrival of their newborn sister, Betsey. Or maybe it is Jess herself, who has been suffering from delusions and anxiety since she had Betsey. Liz also seems to have some skeletons in her closet and is working with doctors who are notoriously difficult to please.This book is a good character study on the challenges and difficulties of being a parent. I appreciated the time the author put into developing the plot and characters. There were also lots of twists and turns that were unexpected that kept me engaged and interested in the book. Thank you to Atria/Emily Bestler Books, NetGalley, and the author, Sarah Vaughan, for an advanced reader copy of  Little Disasters! For more of my book reviews visit me here: Book Review Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
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  • Tooter
    January 1, 1970
    3 Stars ⭐⭐⭐I loved Sarah Vaughan's first book, Anatomy of a Scandal. This book was good, but a little slow and tedious. 3 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️I loved Sarah Vaughan's first book, Anatomy of a Scandal. This book was good, but a little slow and tedious.
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  • RoseMary Achey
    January 1, 1970
    Little Disasters is a novel about motherhood, the need for a social community and how the secrets we carry into adulthood affect the lens we view events. At the core of this contemporary novel are three mothers whose initial connection was birthing class during their first pregnancy. The most Martha Stewart like Mom, Jess presents in the local ER after her 3 month baby has vomited in the crib and upon examination is found with a fractured skull. This is inconceivable to all who know Jess. Little Disasters is a novel about motherhood, the need for a social community and how the secrets we carry into adulthood affect the lens we view events. At the core of this contemporary novel are three mothers whose initial connection was birthing class during their first pregnancy. The most “Martha Stewart” like Mom, Jess presents in the local ER after her 3 month baby has vomited in the crib and upon examination is found with a fractured skull. This is inconceivable to all who know Jess. Outwardly she is so in control and such a perfect Mom. Compounding matters is Liz, another one of the original 4 friends who is a Peds Doc called in to consult with the case. All signs point to abuse and social services and police are notified. This book has some very interesting twists that I just did not see coming. It was well written and will keep you engaged. On sale August 18, 2020 you will want to add this one to your To Read list.
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  • Ludwig
    January 1, 1970
    In Little Disasters, Sarah Vaughan delves into the complexities of motherhood with its various aspects, by featuring the narrative of a mother when she admits her ten-month-old baby to the hospital, leading up to the main, most unsettling question... Is Jess Curtis really capable of hurting her own child? The story gains more depth with every few chapters and becomes even more tense when we start to get to know Jess, and see her point of view months after giving birth to Betsey. Why does she In Little Disasters, Sarah Vaughan delves into the complexities of motherhood with its various aspects, by featuring the narrative of a mother when she admits her ten-month-old baby to the hospital, leading up to the main, most unsettling question... ”Is Jess Curtis really capable of hurting her own child?” The story gains more depth with every few chapters and becomes even more tense when we start to get to know Jess, and see her point of view months after giving birth to Betsey. Why does she keep being haunted by these strange, disturbing thoughts? She’s certain no one would understand; no one knows that she sees danger everywhere, that she can’t help but go through the overwhelming feeling to fear for her children, the continuous need to protect them from harm.And through Jess’ perspective, the reader gets a glimpse into a real, eye-opening aspect of maternal parenting.But Jess is hiding something, and all this is causing a strain on her friendship with Liz - a doctor who was on call when the baby was admitted. What should Liz do in this situation? Be professional or act as a friend?So, there’s also the notion of priority between parenthood and friendship, which the author discusses meticulously.Little Disasters is a well-paced, emotionally-charged story that will keep you engrossed from the very first page.
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  • Tracy Fenton
    January 1, 1970
    My mind is still reeling and my heart beat is still erratic after finishing Sarah Vaughans latest book Little Disasters in the early hours of the morning and now having the time to fully digest and think about what I have read, I can confidentially report that this book is a powerful and thought-provoking tale.Liz Trenchard, a paediatrician at the local hospital, is faced with an ethical and personally difficult decision when her good friend Jess comes into A&E with her youngest daughter My mind is still reeling and my heart beat is still erratic after finishing Sarah Vaughan’s latest book Little Disasters in the early hours of the morning and now having the time to fully digest and think about what I have read, I can confidentially report that this book is a powerful and thought-provoking tale.Liz Trenchard, a paediatrician at the local hospital, is faced with an ethical and personally difficult decision when her good friend Jess comes into A&E with her youngest daughter Betsey, aged 10 months. Betsey has suffered a serious and potentially life changing head trauma, yet Jess took over 6 hours to bring her to hospital and is vague and cagey about how the accident happened. With a duty of care to the baby, Liz and her team have no alternative but to report this to the authorities, bringing social services and the police in to investigate.The story is then revealed layer by layer by several narrators keeping the reader gripped and totally engrossed in this powerful and often highly emotional story. Both of the main characters are brilliantly portrayed and utterly believable. Liz is struggling with her guilt having called the authorities, questioning her professional and personal observations as a doctor and a friend to Jess. Could this accident have been avoided? Was Jess struggling with three young children? With her own demons to battle having had a very unhappy childhood and a strained relationship with her own mother Liz is even more determined to help Jess.Reading Jess’ account of the accident and the lead up to what happened and why is utterly and completely heart-breaking especially as a mother, however Sarah Vaughan’s brings Jess’ mental health issues so vividly to life that all readers can’t help but feel emotionally affected by the situation.There were several times in the book that it was glaring obvious to me what Jess was doing and I felt let down by her friends and husband who hadn’t picked up on her emotional distress, and my heart melted when reading her son, Frankie’s chapters.This is another brilliant, thought-provoking tale of motherhood, friendship, guilt and shame and it kept me totally gripped throughout.https://www.compulsivereaders.com/rev...
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    So, Little Disasters. Oh my goodness, this is such an emotional and often terrifying read. It's written incredibly well and opens with a prologue that is shocking in its intensity and emotion, and the story doesn't let up at all. You will be kept on the edge of your seat as you experience every possible emotion, it felt almost voyeuristic at times as this wonderfully talented author allows the reader to see the plot from all sides.Liz is a doctor, she works long shifts on the children's ward of So, Little Disasters. Oh my goodness, this is such an emotional and often terrifying read. It's written incredibly well and opens with a prologue that is shocking in its intensity and emotion, and the story doesn't let up at all. You will be kept on the edge of your seat as you experience every possible emotion, it felt almost voyeuristic at times as this wonderfully talented author allows the reader to see the plot from all sides.Liz is a doctor, she works long shifts on the children's ward of the local hospital, often called to A&E to deal with an emergency admission. When, one night, she is called to assess baby Betsey, just three months old with a head injury, she has no idea how much this case will impact on her life. On her relationship with close friends, and on what she begins to learn about her own family background.Betsey is the daughter of Liz's friend Jess, and is her third child, and only daughter. Jess has always been the perfect mother. often appearing over protective of her brood, but always loving and caring, putting the needs of her children before anything else. When it becomes clear that Betsey's injury could be very serious, Liz has to make the tough decision to call in the authorities.What follows is a cleverly layered and very intimate look at relationships and how we can hide the truth. The author's ability to portray such perception into motherhood; and all that entails is superbly crafted. The constant worry, the guilt, the trying to keep up with the other mothers, the difficulties in ensuring a marriage thrives despite the impact of small children, and most of all, the secrets that are buried underneath the gleaming worktops and the freshly ironed baby clothes. Sarah Vaughan captures all of these and more; she carefully and empathically weaves issues around mental health and neglect into this wonderfully compelling story, revealing so much more to the characters than originally shown.Little Disasters is so impressive. It is so carefully crafted, with multiple threads and so many shocks revealed. It is a story that haunts the reader as more is revealed. I was totally gripped throughout.Sure to be one of my top books of the year. Highly recommended
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I didnt know it was going to, but Little Disasters hit painfully close to home for me, as someone very close to me has struggled with similar issues - and its devastating. For this reason its rather hard to give an objective view of this book, other than to say its very very good. I guessed quite early on what was really going on for Jess - as I said above, it felt sadly familiar - and this was confirmed as the story progressed. Its very well and sensitively done.Paediatric doctor Liz is called I didn’t know it was going to, but Little Disasters hit painfully close to home for me, as someone very close to me has struggled with similar issues - and it’s devastating. For this reason it’s rather hard to give an objective view of this book, other than to say it’s very very good. I guessed quite early on what was really going on for Jess - as I said above, it felt sadly familiar - and this was confirmed as the story progressed. It’s very well and sensitively done.Paediatric doctor Liz is called to A&E to examine a baby who’s been brought in with a head injury - and who turns out to be the daughter of Liz’s close friend, Jess. When doubts arise as to whether the injury was in fact accidental - Jess’s explanation doesn’t quite make sense - it’s the beginning of a nightmarish experience for all concerned. Vaughan‘s first book, Anatomy of a Scandal, was excellent and Little Disasters certainly lives up to that high standard. Highly recommended.
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  • Crystal Hiatt
    January 1, 1970
    This is an emotionally poignant novel that centers around the complexities of motherhood. Jess is the mother of three, with her youngest being 10 months old. Since her daughter's birth, Jess has struggled with some postpartum depression and is feeling overwhelmed. When her daughter sustains a head injury and is taken to the ER, her parenting skills come into question. Social Services is called and Jess suddenly feels like everybody is against her: Her husband, her longtime friend Liz, and even This is an emotionally poignant novel that centers around the complexities of motherhood. Jess is the mother of three, with her youngest being 10 months old. Since her daughter's birth, Jess has struggled with some postpartum depression and is feeling overwhelmed. When her daughter sustains a head injury and is taken to the ER, her parenting skills come into question. Social Services is called and Jess suddenly feels like everybody is against her: Her husband, her longtime friend Liz, and even her children. Because of this, her fragile mental state begins to deteriorate further. But the big question is, did Jess in fact intentionally cause harm to her daughter? Told from the perspectives of both Jess and Liz, we get a glimpse into their troubled childhoods and gain a deeper understanding of these characters and their motives. I had so much empathy for these characters and found them to be so relatable in their realism. The characterization was so beautifully done, it made for an emotional and heart wrenching read. In addition to the great writing and wonderful characterization, this is a story shrouded in mystery. There are so many layers to the plot and everything comes together in such a dynamic way. This is the first book I've read by Sarah Vaughan, and I'm so impressed with the amount of depth. Strongly recommend for lovers of psychological thrillers and domestic noir.
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  • menna hafez
    January 1, 1970
    Special thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.I am not in a mood of drama any more and this novel have a lot of drama, when i picked it, i thought that it's Mystrey but i don't found any thrill.This book is about Liz is an hospital physician working one night when her best friend, Jess, brings her daughter, Betsey, in due a head injury. Liz is required by law to contact social services for an injuries to a child. The story is well written but so painful and emotional, Special thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC.I am not in a mood of drama any more and this novel have a lot of drama, when i picked it, i thought that it's Mystrey but i don't found any thrill.This book is about Liz is an hospital physician working one night when her best friend, Jess, brings her daughter, Betsey, in due a head injury. Liz is required by law to contact social services for an injuries to a child. The story is well written but so painful and emotional, i cried many times because of those amazing characters.This novel is so hard for me because it's remainded me with my hard and black days after giving birth to my daughter, she can't take breastfeeding because she have esophageal reflux , she can't sleep and crying all the time. I can't sleep or relax and suffering from a lot of pain in all my body.The cover is so good, i love it.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    A pediatrician is called to the ER and finds her friend there with her infant daughter who is clearly unwell. It is determined that the child suffered a fractured skull and was in need of hospitalization and Social Services and Police intervention. The plot follows the stories of a group of neighbors who had become friends when taking prenatal classes with each other prior to their first childs birth. It deals with suspicions, post natal depression, friendship and love. It is very well written A pediatrician is called to the ER and finds her friend there with her infant daughter who is clearly unwell. It is determined that the child suffered a fractured skull and was in need of hospitalization and Social Services and Police intervention. The plot follows the stories of a group of neighbors who had become friends when taking prenatal classes with each other prior to their first child’s birth. It deals with suspicions, post natal depression, friendship and love. It is very well written and will keep the reader engrossed until the very end which is a remarkable twist. Thanks to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    Liz and Jess have been friends for 10 years and Jess seems like the perfect mother, devoting her life to her family and children. But one night, Jess arrives at emergency with her baby girl and a story that just doesn't make sense in terms of her condition. Unfortunately Liz is the doctor on call and needs to make a decision that may alter their friendship and their lives forever.As the story goes along the author uncovers secrets and dark thoughts and I found myself guessing the whole time as Liz and Jess have been friends for 10 years and Jess seems like the perfect mother, devoting her life to her family and children. But one night, Jess arrives at emergency with her baby girl and a story that just doesn't make sense in terms of her condition. Unfortunately Liz is the doctor on call and needs to make a decision that may alter their friendship and their lives forever.As the story goes along the author uncovers secrets and dark thoughts and I found myself guessing the whole time as to what may have happened. The characters were just brilliant, with each of their backstories and friendships and this was such a compelling read. While I did guess part of what was to come I loved the twist that I cannot imagine anyone will see coming. Definitely one I recommend.  
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  • Shawna P.
    January 1, 1970
    I read this a month ago and figured I should write a quick review before I forget to. The overall plot of the book was actually hard to read. As someone without kids, I don't really know how bad postpartum really is. I honestly remember guessing the ending pretty early on and that it was a good book, but I think lacked a bit of oomph. This is obviously being written during the pandemic going on, and I am needing books that really will do a good job at making me not stress about what's going on I read this a month ago and figured I should write a quick review before I forget to. The overall plot of the book was actually hard to read. As someone without kids, I don't really know how bad postpartum really is. I honestly remember guessing the ending pretty early on and that it was a good book, but I think lacked a bit of oomph. This is obviously being written during the pandemic going on, and I am needing books that really will do a good job at making me not stress about what's going on outside. This book had the possibility but, just missed it in the end.
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  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    January 1, 1970
    This read will speak to you all on some level ... a brilliant read.
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