Thank you to Canelo for providing me with an advance copy in exchange of an honest review.
All The Little Things by Sarah Lawton one of the twisted books I read this year. Filled with suspense, this book promises you to grip you from the beginning and will keep you wanting to read more and more and more until you finish it and then realise that it’s over.
There were moments in this book where I had to stop and consider for a moment just what and how Lawton came up with the idea. However I liked the fact that she didn’t shy from the possibility of a mother and a daughter sharing a love interest.
Throughout the novel we follow Rachel (the mother) and Vivian (her daughter) and how the past is always there to remind you that what is gone is not forgotten.
All The Little Things is the type of novel that will leave you shocked and starring into the distance trying to wrap your mind around what you just read.
There were moments in the book where I couldn’t predict where the story would go. I think this was due to the two timelines between present and the past and my mind wanting answers too soon. However in the end when the two timelines connected I understood the structure choice and actually agreed with it. Certain premises have to have a certain structure. And in the case of All The Little Things it made sense to have the two timelines connecting towards the end.
Character wise, Lawton executes them flawlessly. In the beginning I often found myself being annoyed by Vivian’s actions but the more I thought about it, the more I understood that it was true to her character. Also the whole idea of a popularity contest–which in itself happens a lot when you are in high school–gave me a bit of a headache but once again, it didn’t bother me too much because it was softened due to understanding the character.
In the end I did foresee a reveal however it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story because the ending is just… mind blowing. In a sense I suspected that it had been a choice to take away from the surprise reveal and focus on the next big thing as it wouldn’t have been guessed.
Overall, All The Little Things is a perfect read for those who enjoy domestic thrillers with a twist. I enjoyed it a lot and in the end and found myself needing a moment after reading the book to assimilate what I had just read because as I said before Sarah Lawton doesn’t shy away from putting uncomfortable subjects to the forefront of the novel.