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Publisher's Summary

“Taut, clever, compelling, and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat." (Paula Hawkins, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water)

From the best-selling author of Anatomy of a Scandal - soon to be a Netflix series - 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 story that will haunt you long after you finish listening.

©2020 Sarah Vaughan Limited. All lines from “Morning Song” from The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath, edited by Ted Hughes. ©1960, 1965, 1971, 1981 by the Estate of Sylvia Plath. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Close to Perfect

I can’t say enough about this book.
Well, let’s just say I can’t think of anything bad to say and I can ALWAYS find a at least a little something! Characters were believable. Narration was so good I didn’t even notice it (always a good sign). Story was original and interesting. The most impressive bit was the ending which was not overly complicated or dramatic but just enough. I feel very satisfied and good about the purchase!

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A 1950s era housewife mentality disguised as a ripped-from-the-headlines family drama

I was so looking forward to this book. I expected a deep, painful dive into the horrors postpartum depression can visit upon a mother and her children in extreme cases. And for a good 2/3’s of the book, I was not disappointed. But alas the author did not have the courage to follow through. Without spoiling too much, the story devolves into a ode to 1950s style domestic goddesses, with some nods to modern feminism that won’t fool the astute reader. Instead of confronting the story head on, the author chickens out and offers up a soap opera, complete with standard issue characters, including a villain that everybody loves to hate. Older, barren, career driven, lacking maternal instinct and after the husbands of the younger, fertile icons of devoted motherhood. All the men are tangential and given a free pass in this intense family drama. Cause they’re men. That’s how trite this story becomes. But worse, beneath the surface, I found a current of good old fashioned misogyny lurking. The kind women visit upon each other.

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great mystery with awesome characters!

I really enjoyed listening to this mystery. The story was very well read and great emphasis on character voices. I kept looking forward to my free time to enjoy this book!

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Great story

A well written story. Hard to stop listening. So many unexpected twists and turns. I highly recommend it if you like books like “Gone Girl” or Girl On A Train”.

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Excellent performance

The book really draws you in. You become engaged with the characters and want to know how they fare. Plot twists are unexpected.

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Intriguing

This book is definitely unique! It is dangerously relatable to a mother of four. It reaches just the right level of disturbing and kept me interested the entire time.

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Dragged On With No Climax

This book was painfully boring. I’m shocked that some of the reviews called this a page turner. I kept waiting for it to get more interesting or exciting but it never did.

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Good, but took a while to get into

The story of this audiobook was a good one, just wish it was sped up a bit! Overall a good captivating story

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Completely engaging -- A+++

Sarah Vaughn is without a doubt one of my favorite authors, and I've been anxiously waiting for this book to appear since finishing her excellent, "Anatomy of a Scandal." "Little Disasters" is WELL worth the wait. Like her other books, it's intelligent, insightful, and beautifully narrated. And also like them, it offers readers a deeply satisfying and totally immersive psychological experience. The story--which focuses on the pressure society places on women to be "perfect" mothers--is told from the perspectives of multiple characters and across different time frames. I love Vaughn's strong but vulnerable female characters and her mastery of dialog, authentic details, and evocative settings. Can't wait for her next novel!

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Not interesting

I feel bad writing this . I couldn’t even finish the book . So I don’t know what the outcome was . I got to where’re it didn’t care anymore . I was bored . It’s a good idea for a storyline , but was so bored it never went anywhere

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