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  1. Dita Dita says:

    OmigahhhhhhhIf you think your family is a fistful of crazy and are planning to binge drink your way through the holidays just be glad they are not the DrummsThese people are horrible I mean truly and often hilariously awful; a living breathing throbbing curse on all who encounter themI was so there for it


  2. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    Liz Nugent's latest psychological thriller gives us the Drumm family the selfish and narcissistic show biz mother Melissa Craig and her three sons Mommie dearest overtly favours her eldest William a film producer an entitled nasty misogynist piece of work is indifferent to the mean and grasping Brian and is unbelievably cruel to her youngest the fragile pop star Luke ensuring that his mental health issues dog him throughout his life The book opens with the funeral of one of the brothers we are not told whose and in a non linear narrative the brothers perspective on the events in their lives is laid bare it culminates in a shocking finale that reveals which one dies William and Brian are unencumbered by anything in the way of scruples or morality behaving so badly that I wanted to biff them hard over their heads with the heaviest of frying pans the vulnerable Luke elicited a little of my sympathy A deranged family drama with some dark humour of murder cruelties betrayal addictions adultery mental health issues fame rivalries and #MeToo issues Once again Nugent has me compulsively enthralled by the most despicable of brothers in this car crash of a family Many thanks to Penguin UK for an ARC


  3. Peter Peter says:

    DysfunctionalA psychological drama that paints the most magnificently crafted characters with family interactions that are fascinating absorbing and downright shocking The Drumm family led by their mother Melissa with her three sons Will Brian and Luke seem to be adept at handing out little cruelties or not so little to everyone around them especially each other A seriously dysfunctional family that has lived the dream in the media industry and paid a heavy price for itThe story starts at the funeral of one of the brothers not to be revealed until the end although the suggestion is that one of the other brothers is responsible for the death “Three is an odd number so there had always been two against one although we all switched sides regularly Nobody would ever have described us as close” There are four distinct parts to the book the first three parts see each of the brothers tell their story from childhood hopping about through time The fourth part is backwards and forwards interplay with each brother as the pace mounts to the incident we’ve been waiting for This is masterfully written by Liz Nugent and her skill abounds as she deftly controls the narrative the plot and the multiple perspectives on decisive moments Our Little Cruelties is a monument to character development full of light and shade complex personalities and psychological turmoil which is just mind blowing in its scope Melissa is a narcissist who is cruel in her selective treatment of her children with Will being her favourite and no attempt is made to hide it especially from Luke whom she almost hates Will is a film producer self centred a womaniser and a family man to wife Susan and his daughter Daisy Brian is mean ruthless always looking to screw someone out of money and defrauds his younger brother Luke out of his house all while representing him during his popstar days Luke has a natural media chemistry a look and a voice that rockets him to the top of the charts although he is a drug addict alcoholic and suffers from deep mental health issues Luke is the self destructive guy that your heart bleeds for because deep down he is loving kind forgiving vulnerable and lonely he struggles throughout his life in the knowledge that his mother made it abundantly clear she didn’t care for himThe fabulous way the book is written enables major incidents in the brothers’ lives to have a uniue perspective from each brother and the unreliable accounts stemming from each twisted personality provides multiple lenses that entice us to look deeper to discover the truth The turbulence of their lives is fascinating but if I have one criticism is that the achievements and circumstances the brothers find themselves in covers everything life could throw at mankind and the sheer volume of it lessens the believability I’m not sure this will be an issue for everyone but it just didn’t feel flawless for me and uite overplayed This is a book a read with my wonderful reading buddy Beata which always adds extra pleasure I rate the book 35 stars and would recommend reading it Many thanks to Penguin Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free ARC copy of the book in return for an honest review


  4. Sumit RK Sumit RK says:

    ” Three brothers are at the funeral One lies in the coffin” “ The opening line of the novel is enough to grab your attention and it manages to hold your attention till the end First thing first though classified as a mystery thriller Our Little Cruelties is of a family drama The main mystery is the identity of the dead brother but it’s not critical to the main story This is a dark disturbing story of a dysfunctional family of three brothers Will Brian and Luke and their twisted relationship with their mother and with each other starting from their childhood through to the rest of their livesWill Brian and Luke grow up in a dysfunctional family Of all the dysfunctional families I have read over the years this has to be the worst of the lot Will the eldest and most successful brother Brian the middle child who is a perennial loser and Luke the youngest who has probably the most exciting life journey of all is of rivals and competitors than brothers As they grow up and go ahead in their different careers the 3 brothers often find themselves crossing each other’s paths always with disastrous results The story is narrated by the three Drumm brothers told from their individual perspectives Covering one brother’s story at a time their stories move forward and back again in a random manner The author skillfully manages to keep the narrative running smoothly as keeping track of individual events may prove tough The story tracks their bitter relationship full of betrayals adultery rivalries and full blown rivalry towards each other Though disturbing at times I found the Drumm’s family history immensely readable Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent is a dark story full of cruel individuals doing despicable things to each other So it’s not a surprise that none of the characters are likable but Liz Nugent has kept the readers engaged despite the characters The narrative is engaging and you keep reading on There are shades of dark humor probably to lighten the mood The alternating point of view make the story unpredictable The stories of brothers often overlap and feel repetitive; especially when each brother’s story starts right from the beginning As none of the characters are likable you tend to not care about them over time and that includes the final reveal The final third act feels unnecessarily stretched with a lukewarm ending Overall Our Little Cruelties is of a family drama than a psychological thriller If you enjoy dark twisted family dramas you will enjoy this one Many thanks to the publishers' Penguin Ireland and Netgalley for the ARC  


  5. Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill says:

    Well 😬😩 Guys it is hurting my heart to give this 3 stars it really is I always try to be honest even if I don't want to be Look I LOVE Liz Nugent's books I am obsessed with them Unraveling Oliver was my favorite book of the year two years ago This writer is brilliant I just didn't mesh well with this book and I think I know why I just had a different expectation built up from my experience with her last three books Her writing style is dark twisted and some super snarky humor I LOVE that super snarky dark side This book was missing that So she took a different approach get over it I just had trouble doing so because I just expected something different I look forward to that snark like a kid on Xmas morningThe books starts out with a bang normal Liz Nugent fashion We are at a funeral with a family of brothers William Luke and Brianbut one of them isn't standing uprightYep you got it one of them is in the casket How did he get there and which one is it? Well that is what this story is all about This story is alot of family dramadrugs mental illness cheating lyingall the good stuff The characters are not likable at all which is fine by me that always intrigues me Overall it was an okay read but I thought the story lacked alot of suspense It wasn't the normal page turner her books normally are for me I would classify this as a family drama vs the normal psychological mind bending thriller I have seen from her in the past It did pick up the last part of the book but not enough to bump it up any further in the ratings I was expecting a smashing ending but it fell a bit flat This was a buddy read and our group was split down the middle with this one I adore her writing and I am really looking forward to what she comes out with next Thank you so much to GalleryScout Press for this ARC


  6. Ceecee Ceecee says:

    Think your family might be somewhat dysfunctional? Think again The Drumm family puts the dys into functional The book starts at a funeral which is a cliffhanger as until the end we don’t know whose it is except that it’s one of the Drumm brothers They’re a talented bunch which they probably inherit from their mother who had success as a show band singer The eldest Brian is an agent Will is a filmmaker and Luke has had a successful music career They are a colourful and intriguing family as becomes clear as each brother gives their perspective on their lives and stories This is told non chronologically which from a writer less skilled than Liz Nugent this could have been an unholy mess but it works brilliantly and I think it makes their stories much interesting The characters are so well created and crafted and though they are not all likeable by any means you get a real insight into what makes them tick and the root of many of their issues lies with their mother Melissa For Brian it’s money he makes Scrooge and Silas Marner look like big spenders He’s not likeable as he can be jealous belligerent and smug Will is a womaniser which gets him into untold trouble Luke is the most likeable he’s very damaged vulnerable and has serious mental health issues The boys are truly awful to each other but especially to Luke and some of their ‘little cruelties’ aren’t so little I really like the fact that the three boys narrate the story because you can check the veracity of their accounts and see if they are reliable and trustworthy This is a very well written suspense family drama The pacing is good and there are plenty of revelations and twists throughout However it’s the ending that firmly places this in the 5 star category because it’s mind blowing it makes you gasp and your jaw drop it’s so shocking Overall this is another outstanding novel from Liz Nugent who is an extremely talented writer creating stories that are hard to put down Highly recommended Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK for the ARC


  7. Dem Dem says:

    A disappointing Family drama where a bunch of dislikable characters take precedence over the plot so much so that by the end of the novel I was very happy to part company with the Drumm brothers A dysfunctional family that became monotonous and annoying and just didn't make for compelling reading I am fan of Liz Nugent’s novels as she is known for her smart dark and brilliant story telling her opening lines are always terrific one liners that draws the reader in and her opening line in Our Little Cruelties creates the suspense and darkness I have come to expect from a Liz Nugent Novel All three of the Drumm brothers were at the funeral although one of us was in the Coffin Unfortunately all the characters in this novel were just too loathsome and detestable with no saving graces that they made for boring and repetitive reading While I enjoy dislikable characters in novels they need to be interesting and entertaining and unfortunately none of the Drumm brothers or indeed any of the characters had any of these ualities Each of the brothers narrate a chapter from their prospective and their stories tended to overlap and became repetitive It felt a little like ground hog day and I didn't enjoy this aspect of the storytelling The plot had none of the suspense or cleverness of her past novels and I found the twists and turns way too exaggerated to be believable So much happens in this family that it just became farcical I did finish the novel but this one isn’t going to make my favourites shelf My favourites by this author are ;Unraveling Oliver 4 StarsLying in Wait 4 Stars Skin Deep 5 Stars Many readers are loving this one and if you enjoy family dramas with dislikable and horrible characters then you may well enjoy this one too and as is the case with all books we all react differently


  8. Jayme Jayme says:

    There have been some really GREAT thrillers this year Unfortunately this one does NOT make that list for me The book opens with a funeralThree brothers in attendance but one is in the coffin You are reading to find out WHO it is HOW he died and WHYEach brother will tell you in his own voice his perception of his childhood years his early adult life and his life in the present day this is a dysfunctional family drama A character study of one DESPICABLE brother after another all of the ways they were mistreated and all of the ways they mistreated others BLAH BLAH BLAH I was bored I don’t have to like the characters to enjoy a storyBUT I do have to like the story to become invested in the outcome I couldn’t care less about finding out WHO was in the coffin This book is available now in the UK under the title “Our Little Cruelties”It releases in the US under this title on NOV 10 2020Thank you to the Publisher for my gifted copy All opinions are my own


  9. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    The bloody Drumm brothers horrified and disturbed the hell of me than Grimm brothersThis is truly delicious mind blowing detailed conflict brain cell punching twisty nerve bending fantastic masterpiece Three flawed dirty irritating brothers with dark secrets both of them are ready to stab the other behind reveal the dirty skeletons they hid in the closets for centuries Now three of them at the funeral and one of them is already in the coffin Who is in the coffin? Who is responsible of the murder? Do you want to hear the events from their perspectives throughout the years You gotta get ready to have a time travel from 70’s to present time But keep your attention and focus clear and intact because you’re going back and forth between different time zones and read the same events from three different perspectives and you may need to stay objective about the characters’ behaviors and naturesThis family seems like consisted of talented celebrities Mother Melissa is show band singer she’s combination of the meanest and narcissistic characters Jessica Lange played at AHS The elder boy Will is filmmaker little brother Luke is rock star and Brian is talent managerhe represents his own brother They’ve been meeting traditional Sunday brunches and sarcastically criticize each other’s lives including their professions private lives embellished with condescending comments Especially beef between Brian and Will turn into pissing contest at each time they open their mouths I know especially two of them are true dirty rotten scumbags yes Will and Brian I’m talking about you It’s so hard to restrain yourself not to visualize kicking their asses and spitting on their faces They were disgraceful brothers and the little brother their ages were so close to each other but they were still ruthless SOBs yes Melissa you earned that insult at the most chapters especially because of your shitty treatment to your little boy Luke who is literally fighting with depression mental illness and burden of her mother’s verbal and mental abuse He is the only emotional one of the trio He is broken sensitive he seems like he may crumble into the pieces suffering from eternal pain I don’t want to give spoilers but I have to admit at too many parts of the book this family became horrifying than the Succession’s The Roys Haunting of Hill House’s The Crains family Empire’s the Lyons Oh boy what am I talking about? They’re worse than Shameless’ Gallaghers GOT’s Lannisters and the Sopranos Especially Will and Brian did so many merciless despicable unbelievably jaw dropping things to his brothers Will is true evil and Brian is sneaky calculating Mr Scrouge and distorted Robin Hood stealing from rich giving to himself and poor Luke was just trying to fight with the demons using different methods religion music alcohol drugs dysfunctional romantic involvements WHO NEEDS ENEMIES WHEN YOU ALREADY HAVE A FAMILY LIKE THATTill the last pages the tension grows on you tightens your throat and dirty disgusting secrets come out Three brothers finally come clean at the end but when there is too much mess to be cleaned The ending was well played and jaw dropping So I’m shutting my mouth This book already took its place at the top ten thrillers of 2020 I truly adored It was published as “Our Little Cruelties” and it is republishing as “Little Cruelties” Overall Impeccable character development gripping exciting unputdownable story telling shocking twisty revelations and ticking bomb high tension story building with perfect ending Five gazillion stars well deserved and all the previous works of the author are already added to TBR monster Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books GalleryScout Press for sharing this incredible ARC with me in exchange of my honest review


  10. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT All three of the Drumm brothers were at the funeral although one of us was in the coffin Three is an odd number so there had always been two against one although we all switched sides regularly Nobody would ever describe us as close As the service began I became tearful Without ever realising it I had inherited my mother's acting abilities My living brother and I stood side by side at the top of the crematorium while people lied to us about what a brilliant man our brother had been all the usual meaningless cliches His death was sudden Horrific The investigation was uick and conclusive I was not a suspect I had a sense of freedom and relief I hadn't felt in uite a while I didn't expect that this air of serenity would last But I thought I would enjoy it while it did My surviving brother was unreadable to me Maybe he was thinking of our brother's smashed and broken body Still even he must have known that this outcome was all for the best Daisy sat in the pew behind us She seemed not only to be aware of her surroundings fidgeting and whispering to herself I caught my brother's eye as her babbling became audible and people began to notice He reached out and asked her to join us That reaching out of his hand made me shudder momentarily She seemed to return to reality and moved to stand between us without any argument We both attempted to put a proprietal arm around her but she shrugged us off We brothers looked at each other The old rivalry resurfaced ABOUT THIS BOOK Three brothers are at the funeral One lies in the coffinWill Brian and Luke grow up competing for their mother's uneual love As men the competition continues for status money fame women They each betray each other over and over until one of them is deadBut which brother killed him?MY THOUGHTS There is a passage in this book that says 'here I was a millionaire with a hot young girlfriend the most successful Irish film producer of all time with every material possession one could want within my grasp crying and whining like a child' that for me sums up what I managed to read of this book I dnfed at 42% unable to stand the infantile rivalry and whining any longer If I had wanted to listen to three grown men bitch whine play oneupmanship and fight I would have invited my own three brothers to visit None of the characters are at all likeable And the plot was slow and sorry to say this boring The story is told from the pov of William hates to be called Willy the eldest brother and one of the most narcissistic characters I have encountered in a long time The thing that really annoyed me was the constant chopping and changing with no apparent logic between timelines I know I am alone in my one star rating but I honestly could not bear to read one word Reading is a personal and subjective experience and what appeals to one may not please another So if you enjoyed the excerpt from Our Little Cruelties and the plot outline appeals please do go ahead and read it😴#OurLittleCruelties #NetGalley THE AUTHOR Liz Nugent worked as a stage manager in theatres in Ireland and toured internationally before writing extensively for radio and television dramaDISCLOSURE Thank you to Penguin Books UK for providing a digital ARC of Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreadscom profile page or the about page on sandysbookadaywordpresscom This review and others are also published on Twitter and my webpage


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Little Cruelties ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☀ Little Cruelties Author Liz Nugent – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Hailed by #1 New York Times bestselling author AJ Finn as “a dark jewel of a novel” Liz Nugent’s new work of fiction follows three working class Irish brothers and delves into the many ways fami Hailed by New York Times bestselling author AJ Finn as “a dark jewel of a novel” Liz Nugent’s new work of fiction follows three working class Irish brothers and delves into the many ways families can wreak emotional havoc across generationsThis story begins with a funeral One of three brothers is dead mourned by his siblings But which one And how And most importantly why William Brian and Luke are each born a year apart in a lower middle class Catholic family in s Dublin William the eldest rises to the top of the heap in the film industry as a successful movie producer Luke the baby of the family surprises everyone by morphing into a worldwide pop star Brian the compliant middle son is the eternal adult in the room the helpful steady one the manager of finances and careers But none of them is actually uite what he seems Wounded by childhood they have betrayed one another in myriad ways hiding behind little lies that have developed into full blown treachery With an unnerving eye for the complexities of families Nugent delves into the secret life of a deeply troubled household and provides stunning insights into the many forces that shape us from childhood.