Book Buzz: Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

A dark jewel of a novel, fire flickering in its depths and light lining its edges…―A.J. Finn



All three of the Drumm brothers were at the funeral.


But only one of them was in the coffin.


William, Brian, and Luke: three boys, born a year apart, trained from birth by their wily mother to compete for her attention. They play games, as brothers do…yet even after the Drumms escape into the world beyond their windows, those games—those little cruelties—grow more sinister, more merciless, and more dangerous. And with their lives entwined like the strands of a noose, only two of the brothers will survive.


Crisply written and quickly paced, perfect for fans of breathtaking suspense, Little Cruelties gazes unflinchingly into the darkness: the darkness collecting in the corners of childhood homes, hiding beneath marriage beds, clasped in the palms of two brothers shaking hands. And it confirms Liz Nugent—whose work has invited comparisons to Patricia Highsmith and Barbara Vine and has been celebrated as "captivating" (People) and "highly entertaining" (The Washington Post)—as one of the most exciting, perceptive voices in contemporary fiction.

One of the delights, if that is the right word, of this book is how thoroughly the author delves into the details of the family's world-class dysfunction...it's a fascinating reminder that no story is compete unless you hear it from everyone involved... Little Cruelties shows how thoroughly families can mess one another up, and how sometimes the greatest mysteries are found within the psyche.
―Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review

Little Cruelties by Liz Nugent

352 Pages

ISBN 9781501189685


Liz Nugent has worked in Irish film, theater, and television for most of her adult life. She is an award-winning writer of radio and television drama and has written critically acclaimed short stories both for children and adults, as well as the bestselling novels Unraveling Oliver and Lying in Wait. She lives in Dublin. Visit her at LizNugent.ie or follow her on Twitter at @Lizzienugent.