Thursday 28 January 2021

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent | Blog Tour #OurLittleCruelties

[AD/Gifted - I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links.]

I am very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent, published by Penguin Ireland/Viking Books UK.

Our Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent - 5/5
"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?"

Is it too early in the year to say that I think this will be one of my top reads of 2021?

This is a very character-driven novel and I was hooked from the get go. It follows the stories of Will, Brian and Luke, three brothers from Dublin, and starts with a funeral. But which of the three of them is in the coffin?

The novel is split into two parts, Brothers and Strangers. In part one, we have three different subsections; Will, Luke and Brian. It fluctuates between years but I still found it easy enough to follow along. It is a fantastic story about a dysfunctional and toxic family.

We hear about the same time periods, same events, but from their different points of view. We get a real in-depth feel of each of the characters and their backgrounds in a Irish family. 

We discover more about their relationships, their work lives (Will, a film producer/director, Brian, a teacher turned agent and Luke, a pop star turned film actor - all in the public eye) and dynamic between the brothers themselves. The highs and lows of their lives are covered in a brilliant way, especially when the rise of social media happens.

I have to add a trigger warning for homophobia, drug use, rape, mental health issues and eating disorders. This book honestly has it all but it doesn't feel like they are throw in for the sake of a story. It is obvious that it is meticulously planned and well-written. All of the characters are very unlikable and it is rare for me to enjoy a book so much when I don't really like any of the characters. Absolutely fantastic and I would thoroughly recommend.


The bloggers below are also taking part on the tour so please be sure to give their reviews a read too!

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