Our Little Cruelties
Liz Nugent

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Narrated By: Sam O'Mahony, Stephen Hogan, Paul Hickey, Dermot Crowley, Mary-Lou McCarthy

Duration: 10 hours and 37 minutes

What to expect

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'Liz Nugent is a force to be reckoned with' Lisa Jewell

'Liz Nugent has a gift for filling us with a terrible fascination for truly horrible people' Val McDermid

'MAGNIFICENT. Her best yet, and that's really saying something' Marian Keyes

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?

'What a terrific storyteller Liz Nugent is! Brilliantly structured, fluently told, rich in unsettling incident and pulsing with dark, tumultuous energy ... her best book yet' Irish Times

'An uncanny ability to get under the skin of characters ... nobody is a mere cliché in Nugent's clear, propulsive writing' Sunday Times

'Wonderful ... characters so well drawn it's hair-raising. Keeps you gripped to the very last line' Joe Duffy

'A dark jewel of a novel - finely observed, swift and exciting' AJ Finn

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Genre

Psychological thriller, Modern and contemporary fiction, Crime and mystery: hard-boiled crime, noir fiction

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Stunning ... it really got under my skin like no other book

Patricia Gibney

Dramatic and compelling ... a whodunit and a Greek tragedy all in one ... absolutely riveting

Irish Independent

This great story of toxic relationships had me up way too late trying to work out who the bad guy was. As always, Liz had me guessing until the end

Irish Times, Best Books of 2020

Smart, artful and totally gripping - LOVED IT

Will Dean

Loved it ... so addictive I read it in two sittings

Paul Burston

A twisted thriller, reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith

Guardian

Disturbing and addictive ... You'll be desperate to get to the bottom of it all

Crime Monthly

A masterful interrogation of a family's undoing ... and a ruthless examination of the pieces left behind

Sunday Business Post

A sizzling thriller

Heat

Nugent excels at creating a shocking story of a horrible family with huge issues and complexities that keep you hooked to the end

RTÉ Guide

Dark, beautiful, devastating - pure genius

Lucy Foley

Fascinating ... Shows how thoroughly families can mess one another up, and how sometimes the greatest mysteries are found within the psyche

New York Times, Books of the Year 2020

Absorbing, beautifully written

The Times, Crime Books of the Year (Skin Deep)

Bloody brilliant

The brilliant Liz Nugent has done it again ... Creepy, compelling and totally addictive

Erin Kelly

Captivating ... A contemporary psychological thriller that will leave you wondering if you ever really know what someone else is thinking - or what goes on behind closed doors

Sunday Independent

I loved this compelling read

Dinah Jeffries

Liz Nugent has a gift for filling us with a terrible fascination for truly horrible people

Val McDermid

[A] harrowing, and sometimes blackly comic, drama of sibling rivalry

Sarah Vaughan

Brilliantly observed family life and a plot that is part rollercoaster, part maze. Loved it!

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[An] incredible achievement ... I love her so much ... Genius

Sebastian Barry

Deliciously dark and engaging writing ... Her fans are in for a real treat

Jo Spain

MAGNIFICENT. Her best yet, and that's really saying something

Marian Keyes

A darkly humorous tale

Hello!

Thrilling, twisty, and darkly fascinating

My Weekly

Utterly compelling - full of terrible people doing terrible things and I could not have enjoyed it more

Louise O'Neill

Brilliantly written ... Highly original, with exceptionally well-drawn characters

SHOTS Crime and Thriller

The finest psychological thriller writer currently at work

Tammy Cohen

Evocative, vivid, brilliant storytelling from a novelist of powerful gifts

Joseph O'Connor

A total page-turner ... The best yet from a superb and skillful writer. Loved it

Fiona Kidman

The tight plotting and brilliant characterisation will keep you absolutely enthralled

Best

A proper rollicking family saga EPIC of a story shot through with black humour, toxic truths and pathos. Brava

Sarah Hilary

A dark jewel of a novel - finely observed, swift and exciting

AJ Finn

An uncanny ability to get under the skin of characters ... nobody is a mere cliché in Nugent's clear, propulsive writing

Sunday Times

Unputdownable

Irish Independent

Gripping, occasionally horrifying and utterly entertaining

Jane Casey

What a terrific storyteller Liz Nugent is! Brilliantly structured, fluently told, rich in unsettling incident and pulsing with dark, tumultuous energy ... her best book yet

Irish Times

Liz Nugent is a force to be reckoned with

Lisa Jewell

A family drama tinged with thriller that explores all the quiet brutalities siblings inflict on each other. Magnificent

Sarah Pinborough

The narcissist mother and her objectionable three sons will draw you into their tangled tale of jealousy and sibling rivalry