Little deaths by Emma Flint. Released 12th January
*I received a netgalley copy in return for an honest review in 2016.
little deaths is a novel set in the 60’s an era where domestic violence was considered a private matter and women, especially mothers were expected to conform with social conventions.
The novel is a complex woven plot of 2 missing children and their unconventional & promiscuous mother.
The central character & mother Ruth, is quickly assigned blame and must endure trail by public opinion of her neighbours and friends. Her every essence of life is scrutinised & degraded. however she retains her inner strength and maintains her innocence. This novel reads right to the very last page and has a shocking ending, that leads you to re-evaluate the whole novel from the beginning. 4/5
I would hugely recommend this novel for book groups, I could see many topical discussion themes such as women’s liberation, promiscuity, 1960’s attitudes and ultimately justice!