Don’t open this book thinking what you’re about to read is a mystery/suspense/thriller. While it has small elements of that genre, that is not what this book read like to me. If there’s a takeaway from Little Disasters, it is that mental health is important. Please talk to someone!

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.

If I didn’t find this book to be a mystery/suspense/thriller, how would I classify it? I’m not as familiar with all the genres out there as I’m sure some of you are, so I’m not sure where I would put this book. Perhaps in Women’s Fiction? I guess genre does not really matter but consider this your heads up that this is not what I would 100% call a mystery/suspense/thriller.

What this book was, was too detailed in places. There were long sentences of description that caused me to lose focus. There is one story line that didn’t fit with the main plot point at all, which took this reader’s mind further away from the key story. I found the story telling jumbled and slow paced. Well, slow paced despite an ending that screeched to halt leaving this reader unsatisfied. Suddenly, the whole truth comes out, then we’re done! However, the reveal equally surprised and disgusted me and pushed this book from a 3-star to a 3.5-star book.

My thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read/review and advanced copy of this book.



Rating: 3.5 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: Little Disasters

Author: Sarah Vaughan

Release Date: August 18, 2020


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