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Little Disasters ❰Download❯ ✤ Little Disasters Author Sarah Vaughan – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk A new thought provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us You think you know her b ut look a little closer She is a stay at home mother of three wit A new thought provoking novel exploring the complexity of motherhood and all that connects and disconnects us You think you know her b ut 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.


10 thoughts on “Little Disasters

  1. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    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 organ 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


  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    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 an 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 methan 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 readpages 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 readworks of her as soon as I start trimming my frightening Mount TBR bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  3. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    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 li 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 muchshe 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 slonely 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, astable life, withlove 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 , 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 readingfrom 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, , Instagram and my webpage


  4. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    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 su 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


  5. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    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 depress 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


  6. Katie B Katie B says:

    This is the second book I have read by this author and once again she has incorporated a tough subject into the story It was an uncomfortable read but I say that as a positive thing The way she handled the material made me appreciate thisas a straight fiction read rather than one in the mystery or thriller genre For me it was a compelling story without the twists or turns.Liz first met Jess years ago while they were both pregnant and attending birthing classes Liz is a doctor at a hosp This is the second book I have read by this author and once again she has incorporated a tough subject into the story It was an uncomfortable read but I say that as a positive thing The way she handled the material made me appreciate thisas a straight fiction read rather than one in the mystery or thriller genre For me it was a compelling story without the twists or turns.Liz first met Jess years ago while they were both pregnant and attending birthing classes Liz is a doctor at a hospital and one day Jess brings in her daughter After the examination of the child, Liz hasquestions than answers And that s all you are getting from me as this is a story that you just have to let it unfold without knowing too much ahead of time The story alternates between different characters, mostly Liz and Jess, and also goes back in time quite a bit so you get the full picture.I m not a parent but I challenge anyone to read this book without feeling some type of uneasiness regarding the storyline There are just certain things that are hard to read about but it s also why it was easy to feel invested in the story I had this need to find out what happened that led to the child being brought to the hospital The ending for me was the weak spot of the book Up until that point it felt like fictional story with substance but then it veered into messy territory A good word to describe it would be uninspiring I was really impressed with the story up until that point However, I might be completely in the minority with that opinion Regardless, this is still a worthwhile read just based on well the author covered an important topic.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance reader s copy in exchange for an honest review


  7. Denise Denise says:

    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 isof 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 difficu 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 isof 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


  8. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    When pediatrician, Liz Trenchard is called into ER by a junior doctor she is surprised to see that the baby daughter of her friend Jess is the patient Jess says the baby has been crying all night and then started vomiting but when Liz examines her she finds a head injury that Jess can t adequately explain However, Liz knows that Jess, stay at home mother of three, is the perfect mother all other mothers are jealous of, so what happened for baby Betsey to have a head injury This tale of mothers When pediatrician, Liz Trenchard is called into ER by a junior doctor she is surprised to see that the baby daughter of her friend Jess is the patient Jess says the baby has been crying all night and then started vomiting but when Liz examines her she finds a head injury that Jess can t adequately explain However, Liz knows that Jess, stay at home mother of three, is the perfect mother all other mothers are jealous of, so what happened for baby Betsey to have a head injury This tale of mothers and parenting will resonate with many mothers who have experienced the long and often lonely hours of dealing with an unsettled baby who won t stop crying and hardly sleeps It s no wonder that some exhausted, sleep deprived mothers will suffer from postnatal depression and even anxiety about accidently harming their babies In trying to work out what has happened to Betsey, Liz is also forced to look at her own relationship with her mother and events that happened in her childhood Although not a thriller, this is an engaging character driven mystery, delving into what happened to baby Betsey, the events that led up to it and the importance of society and friends in supporting new mothers and recognising when they need help With many thanks to Atria and Netgalley for a copy of the book to read


  9. Theresa Alan Theresa Alan says:

    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, w 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


  10. Gloria Arthur Gloria Arthur says:

    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 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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  1. Dorie - Cats&Books :) Dorie - Cats&Books :) says:

    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 organ 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

  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    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 an 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 methan 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 readpages 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 readworks of her as soon as I start trimming my frightening Mount TBR bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  3. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    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 li 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 muchshe 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 slonely 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, astable life, withlove 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 , 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 readingfrom 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, , Instagram and my webpage

  4. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    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 su 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

  5. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    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 depress 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

  6. Katie B Katie B says:

    This is the second book I have read by this author and once again she has incorporated a tough subject into the story It was an uncomfortable read but I say that as a positive thing The way she handled the material made me appreciate thisas a straight fiction read rather than one in the mystery or thriller genre For me it was a compelling story without the twists or turns.Liz first met Jess years ago while they were both pregnant and attending birthing classes Liz is a doctor at a hosp This is the second book I have read by this author and once again she has incorporated a tough subject into the story It was an uncomfortable read but I say that as a positive thing The way she handled the material made me appreciate thisas a straight fiction read rather than one in the mystery or thriller genre For me it was a compelling story without the twists or turns.Liz first met Jess years ago while they were both pregnant and attending birthing classes Liz is a doctor at a hospital and one day Jess brings in her daughter After the examination of the child, Liz hasquestions than answers And that s all you are getting from me as this is a story that you just have to let it unfold without knowing too much ahead of time The story alternates between different characters, mostly Liz and Jess, and also goes back in time quite a bit so you get the full picture.I m not a parent but I challenge anyone to read this book without feeling some type of uneasiness regarding the storyline There are just certain things that are hard to read about but it s also why it was easy to feel invested in the story I had this need to find out what happened that led to the child being brought to the hospital The ending for me was the weak spot of the book Up until that point it felt like fictional story with substance but then it veered into messy territory A good word to describe it would be uninspiring I was really impressed with the story up until that point However, I might be completely in the minority with that opinion Regardless, this is still a worthwhile read just based on well the author covered an important topic.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance reader s copy in exchange for an honest review

  7. Denise Denise says:

    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 isof 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 difficu 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 isof 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

  8. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    When pediatrician, Liz Trenchard is called into ER by a junior doctor she is surprised to see that the baby daughter of her friend Jess is the patient Jess says the baby has been crying all night and then started vomiting but when Liz examines her she finds a head injury that Jess can t adequately explain However, Liz knows that Jess, stay at home mother of three, is the perfect mother all other mothers are jealous of, so what happened for baby Betsey to have a head injury This tale of mothers When pediatrician, Liz Trenchard is called into ER by a junior doctor she is surprised to see that the baby daughter of her friend Jess is the patient Jess says the baby has been crying all night and then started vomiting but when Liz examines her she finds a head injury that Jess can t adequately explain However, Liz knows that Jess, stay at home mother of three, is the perfect mother all other mothers are jealous of, so what happened for baby Betsey to have a head injury This tale of mothers and parenting will resonate with many mothers who have experienced the long and often lonely hours of dealing with an unsettled baby who won t stop crying and hardly sleeps It s no wonder that some exhausted, sleep deprived mothers will suffer from postnatal depression and even anxiety about accidently harming their babies In trying to work out what has happened to Betsey, Liz is also forced to look at her own relationship with her mother and events that happened in her childhood Although not a thriller, this is an engaging character driven mystery, delving into what happened to baby Betsey, the events that led up to it and the importance of society and friends in supporting new mothers and recognising when they need help With many thanks to Atria and Netgalley for a copy of the book to read

  9. Theresa Alan Theresa Alan says:

    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, w 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

  10. Gloria Arthur Gloria Arthur says:

    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 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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