Publisher: Penguin Books
Release date: 26 March 2020
Back cover 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 murdered. But which one?
Will, Brian, Luke. Three very different brothers. Three very different lives.
Our Little Cruelties opens with the three brothers a funeral, two in attendance, one in a coffin.
As the novel begins, it is clear that we need to go back in time to determine the events that bought them to the funeral.
Each brother has their own section of this novel to narrate, starting off with William, the eldest. This is followed by Luke, the youngest and finally we hear from Brian the middle child.
All three brothers have successful lives on the outside, but each of them has their fair share of problems and secrets.
A messy childhood and resentments carried through life shape each brother into who they are, ans ultimately determine their fate.
Most of this novels characters are extremely unlikeable, but this is part of this novel's brilliance, that you still care what happens to them, even though they are deplorable.
I can't say too much more as I don't want to give anything away, but this is another brilliant novel by Liz Nugent and I can't wait to read the next.
Our Little Cruelties is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.