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Little Disasters: the compelling and thought-provoking new novel from the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Anatomy of a Scandal

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Moms need support, from other women and, ideally, their husband, and not all women should become mothers. El libro se estructura en capítulos cortos, en distintos planos temporales, antes, durante y después del incidente, con algún salto a años anteriores a los hechos.

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. Thanks to NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and Sarah Vaughn for the advance copy of this book, which was at times a tough read, but a good one.It's no wonder that some exhausted, sleep deprived mothers will suffer from postnatal depression and even anxiety about accidently harming their babies. Vaughan also explores the pressures of parenting: the worry and guilt; the challenge of nurturing a marriage amid the demands of small children; and keeping secrets buried beneath the worktops and freshly ironed baby clothes.

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. Vaughan’s prose is noticeably more fluid, and the narrative isn’t so crammed with extraneous filler.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. Although both Liz and Jess share narrating power with the other characters thrown in from time to time, I must confess that Jess was by the far the most fascinating character. 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! My fourth novel, Little Disasters, partly set in a hospital and in a similar vein to Anatomy, was published in April 2020, during the first lockdown, and was a Waterstone’s Thriller of the Month.

Even in super-sleuth mode and detective cap on, I was so sure of the direction that I started getting annoyed that I had figured it out so quickly! Little Disasters is a fast paced, heart wrenching book that covers many topics such as parenting, friendship and postnatal depression.But at the same time, I feel I should also mention that the last section of the novel – the shocking twist – is significantly and substantially better written.

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