“Little Disasters” by Sarah Vaughan

Genre: Mystery and ThrillersLittle Disasters
Publisher: Atria
Pub. Date: August 18, 2020


I was pleasantly surprised to find that this book is not a mystery (though this might be upsetting if you had your heart set on one). You may be able to call this a thriller but only because you will wonder the fate of a nine-month-old baby.  The novel is actually about examining mental health issues concentrating on postpartum depression at its most severe. The author does a wonderful job of showing how shocking the illness can be. This is also a story about female friendships being tested.  A doctor is faced with the dilemma of abiding her Hippocratic Oath when her good friend’s baby is in the emergency room.  The baby is there with a head trauma and there is reason to doubt the mother’s explanation of how the accident took place. The author does an excellent job writing on the baby’s mother’s feelings of shame, anxiety, and trying to keep her baby safe from herself—Heartbreaking.  However, I was disappointed when the author throws in side stories about the two women’s childhoods with abusive parents. It is the author’s attempt at writing on the differences between actual abuse and thoughts. Insight into mental illness is always good, but this came off as obvious.  As if the reader couldn’t figure out the differences on their own.

I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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3 thoughts on ““Little Disasters” by Sarah Vaughan

  1. This sounds really interesting. I remember my friend and colleague calling and checking how I felt in the first month after I had my baby. It was so moving and obviously came from her first hand experience of post partum depression. I’m really glad attitudes are changing (or at least seem to be) and it’s easier to ask for help.
    Great review, Martie!

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