Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent @lizzienugent @PenguinUKBooks #NetGalley #OurLittleCruelties #mrsbloggsbooks

  • Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07W5S7N2L
  • Source of my copy NetGalley

BLURB

Three brothers are at the funeral. One lies in the coffin.

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.

But which brother killed him?

REVIEW

Think I’ve discovered my book of the year so far!

The setting is Ireland. The book begins with a funeral. Inside the coffin is one of three brothers, but we’re not told which one. So it begins…

The narrators, the Drumm brothers each tell their individual stories, one after the other and just when you want to read more of the story from that particular brother the narrative switches to one of the others and the story of what actually happens slowly emerges between the three accounts.

William, the elder of the three is the firstborn. His mother’s favourite who can do no wrong. Good looking and charismatic but his attitude to women is appalling, especially beyond his teenage years. He’s such a little shit that I wanted to punch his lights out more than once.

Next comes Brian the middle one, always in William’s shadow. Parsimonious and usually looking out for his own interests but has a caring, nurturing side as long as there’s something in it for him of course.

Luke is the youngest. The sensitive, talented one whose sensitivities often threaten to send him over the edge into insanity. He feels the least loved of the three by his once famous show singing mother.

This is a book that kept me reading until way past 2.a.m one night until I lost track of time but thought ‘oh what to hell with it’ and carried on reading…

A stunning read about the complexities of family dynamics, tensions and drama often brewing between the siblings in this book.

Each account we read brings us the readers more of the story and closer to the end where we discover which brother has reached his mortal end and why.

Was it the brother you expected or wanted it to be?

A book to compulsively carry on reading into the night until the concluding chapters reveal what really happened and why.

Excellent weaving by the writer of the tale of a family. Each member displaying their own little cruelties towards each other and anyone who comes into their sphere.

Thanks to the author and publisher for my gifted copy via NetGalley

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Before becoming a full-time writer, Liz Nugentworked in Irish film, theatre and television. Her three novels – Unravelling Oliver, Lying in Wait and Skin Deep have each been Number One bestsellers in Ireland and she has won four Irish Book Awards (two for Skin Deep). She lives in Dublin with her husband.

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