Our Little Cruelties – Liz Nugent

Will, Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother’s unequal love. As men, the competition continues – for status, money, fame, women …

They each betray each other, over and over, until one of them is dead. – Goodreads.com


I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Goodness. What a ride.


This book made me feel everything. From disgust, to sympathy and understanding for characters who really didn’t seem redeemable.


I only had two criticisms for this book – the first is that I don’t think it suits being marketed as a mystery or thriller, given that the death it revolves around in the beginning is not necessarily the central plot. The second is that the Talaya chapter and the final chapter from Daisy weren’t necessarily needed. I don’t feel that they did much for the story, and it might have read better without them.


I stayed up past midnight last night reading this (on a work night!) because I wanted to know more of the brothers. This book was like being a fly on the wall in one of the world’s most dysfunctional families. The secrets, the differing treatment of the brothers. Seeing how their unresolved trauma brought them to their current days gave me flashes of Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood.


Nugent has a knack for unapologetic story telling. I’m looking forward to more.


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