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Little Disasters

A Novel

Sarah Vaughan


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/17/2020)
Digital Audiobook (4/1/2020)
Hardcover (8/18/2020)
Compact Disc (8/18/2020)
Paperback, Large Print (9/2/2020)


“Taut, clever, compelling, and guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.” —Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

From the bestselling author of Anatomy of a Scandal—now a hit 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 page-turner that will haunt you long after you finish the last page.

Praise For Little Disasters: A Novel

"Compelling, beautifully written, so perceptive and emotionally devastating. Like Anatomy of a Scandal, it feels like an important book as well as a brilliant read."
— Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author of THE GUEST LIST

"Each character is brilliantly drawn, and the book delivers surprise after surprise."
— Claire Fuller, author of BITTER ORANGE

"A true psychological thriller shows us, as all the best ones do, that the scariest place is not the dark alleyway but inside the pathways of our own minds."
— Araminta Hall, author of OUR KIND OF CRUELTY

"Will have parents – in fact, all readers – turning the pages deep into the night."
— Louise Candlish, author of THOSE PEOPLE

"A brilliant storyteller, Vaughan serves up every mother’s nightmare with consummate skill and a big heart… Impossible to put down."
— Eve Chase, author of BLACK RABBIT HALL

"Absolutely brilliant; an emotionally devastating story, brave and honest."
— Emma Curtis, author of ONE LITTLE MISTAKE

"I loved it and didn’t want to put it down."
— Laura Marshall, author of FRIEND REQUEST

"An immaculately researched and compelling story about the devastating fallout from one mistake."
— Jane Shemilt, author of THE PLAYGROUND

"Gripping, meticulous, and touches the raw nerves of parenthood."
— Terry Stiastny, author of CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

"A fabulous twisty look at early motherhood and friendships brave and brilliant."
— Fionnuala Kearney, author of THE BOOK OF LOVE

"Every bit as brilliant as Anatomy of a Scandal. Superb."
— Cass Green, author of THE KILLER INSIDE

"Another masterful page-turner… a truly gripping read."
— Catherine Isaac, author of MESSY, WONDERFUL US

"I read this with a fascinated, mounting sense of horror because it could all be too true. Compulsive reading with an ending I didn’t see coming."
— Jane Corry, internationally bestselling author of MY HUSBAND'S WIFE

"A deep dive into the dark side of motherhood. Highly recommended."
— Erin Kelly, author of STONE MOTHERS and HE SAID/SHE SAID

"Little Disasters takes on another topical and emotive issue with the same skill and command Vaughan showed in Anatomy of a Scandal."
— Cara Hunter, internationally bestselling author of NO WAY OUT

"Gripping and compassionate, but most importantly a novel that will change lives."
— Bryony Gordon, author of MAD GIRL

"An emotionally terrifying story. Sarah has impressively created characters whose pain and fear is all too real. I could not put this book down."
— Heidi Perks, internationally bestselling author of NOW YOU SEE HER and HER ONE MISTAKE

"Vaughan's intense novel digs into universal issues: the strains of motherhood, tests of friendship, sources of obsession, and the rewards of forgiveness. For those legions of readers who like edgy, contemporary tales."
— Booklist

"Vaughan is proving herself a master of suspense and an author willing to probe the darkest reaches of our psyches."
— CrimeReads, "Ten Novels You Should Read This August"

"This thrilling and emotional depiction of family drama, friendship and trust will have you on the edge of your seat."

"Powerful and compelling, the prose gets to the heart of parenting as well as self-doubt, anxiety, and heartbreak."
— New York Journal of Books

"Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng, Little Disasters is an expertly crafted, uncanny thriller that offers mesmerizing characters, topical themes and unrelenting revelations."
— Shelf Awareness

"A great, twisting mystery until the end, and it's worth staying up late a night or two to explore this complicated drama."
— The AP

Atria/Emily Bestler Books, 9781501172229, 448pp.

Publication Date: August 18, 2020

About the Author

Sarah Vaughan studied English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. She spent eleven years at The Guardian as a news reporter and political correspondent before leaving to freelance and write fiction. Her first thriller, Anatomy of a Scandal, was an instant international bestseller, translated into twenty-four languages, and is available to stream on Netflix as a worldwide number one series starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery, and Rupert Friend. Her bestselling novel, Little Disasters, has also been optioned for television, as has Reputation, her fifth novel. Find out more at