I have to confess that I have been neglecting my books over the last couple of weeks! Naughty me. You see, I have become addicted to a series on Amazon Prime. I simply can’t stop watching The Shield!
So, I only have one book to write about, although I have nearly finished a second. Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan is the book and here is the blurb:
Liz Trenchard is an experienced pediatrician with a duty to protect all children admitted to her busy emergency room When Jess Curtis, an affluent, stay-at-home mother, turns up at the ER one night with her baby girl, she immediately prompts suspicion. The ten-month-old has a blow to the head her mother doesn’t seem to have noticed, and Jess has a story that doesn’t stack up.
Meanwhile, Liz is riddled with doubt as she confronts secrets held by her mother, whose neglect not only led to a childhood tragedy involving her brother but raises questions about another baby Liz half-remembers from thirty-five years ago.
And this is the review I posted on the Goodreads website:
Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don’t know how to categorise this book really. At the centre is a heartbreaking story of a young baby, struggling to recover from an injury, and the anguish of its mother, accused of injuring her child.
Even though it is now decades since I had my own babies, I still remember the way I struggled to cope at the beginning. To go from full-time work, in a validating career, to a life at home with crying babies and no adult interaction during the day, is incredibly hard. I know that I suffered from a mild form of postnatal depression and that was difficult enough. Many of the scenes in the book nearly drove me to tears.
The plot has also elements of a mystery novel, as it progresses. Our early conclusions are tested as new information is given to the reader. Other strands are also added to the story, which become more important as we read on.
The main female characters are well drawn, but the men are more shadowy.
Anyway, I wouldn’t say that I enjoyed the book exactly, but I definitely would read others by the author. After all, someone who can use the word “discombobulated” in a book, is worth following!
As I said above, I am part-way through another book, Stonehill Downs by Sarah Remy, which I will write about next week. I am really enjoying it so far, so that’s a nice bonus!
Happy Reading to you all!
Love and best wishes,