Sarah Vaughan: Little Disasters


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.


I loved Anatomy Of A Scandal last year, so I eagerly awaited the release of Little Disasters, and I was looking forward to seeing what Vaughan would do next. From the opening words of the prologue, I was completely engaged in the lives of a Vaughan’s characters. This is helped by the fact that different characters narrate each chapter, so I was able to notice the feelings they may have kept hidden from those around them. I felt the emotions so keenly and I really wanted to know how the situation would be resolved.

Throughout Little Disasters, Vaughan addresses many issues, some of which are really important in today’s society. Vaughan’s research into the themes is really thorough and this allowed me to think more carefully about the impact of issues such as safeguarding and mental illness not only on the families who are going through the issues, but also on the professionals who work with them.

As the novel progresses, the plot takes many turns, often in a really poignant direction. I don’t usually cry whilst reading but there were certain points in Little Disasters where I felt my eyes pricking.

Little Disasters is available from Amazon.

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