Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

A captivating psychological family drama!

I was kindly gifted this from Viking Books in exchange for an honest review and to take part in the blog tour!

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent
372 Pages
Out Now

Opening Line: “All three of the Drumm brothers were at the funeral, although one of us was in a coffin.”

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?


Rating: 5 out of 5.

The book begins with three brothers attending a funeral, unfortunately one of them is in the coffin but we don’t know which one. The story is then told from the points of view of each brother, William, Luke and Brian with the book split into three parts. During each brother’s section they give details about their life, with each chapter a different year. Be aware that the timeline jumps back and forth so can be a little confusing at times.

However, I was hooked immediately and fully engrossed with these three brothers lives and dysfunctional family. It was a definite page turner for me and I especially loved how well the author linked everything up in each of the timelines. It was so interesting to read how the events that happened in their lives whilst growing up were experienced so differently by each of them.

Ultimately this book is about family, the secrets they keep, the lies they tell and the heartache they cause along the way. Alongside this it also covers some important topics, including mental health and it even covers the whole #MeToo movement. It was absolutely gripping from start to finish. I was fully immersed and I had no clue until the very last moment as to which brother was going to die and why.

Overall this is a fabulously twisted psychological family drama that will have you hooked!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. If you enjoyed this, Liz also wrote “Lying in Wait” which is another fantastic read!

    1. Oh yes I’ll definitely have to check that out too! Thanks 🙂

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