The no.1 New York Times bestseller from the author of The Husband's Secret and new novel Apples Never Fall.
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Parents behaving badly ... a tragic accident ... or murder? What isn't in doubt is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with: witty, noisy and passionate. She remembers everything and forgives no one.
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. But perfection is often an illusion.
Jane is a single mum with a mysterious past who carries a sadness beyond her years.
These three women, all with children starting at the same school, are about to tell the little lies that can turn lethal ...
WINNER OF THE ABIA GENERAL FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
PRAISE FOR BIG LITTLE LIES
"Irresistible ... Moriarty's sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning the pages to find out." People Magazine
"Liane Moriarty produces novels that are miracles of structure as well as human insight" Sydney Morning Herald
"Ms. Moriarty's long-parched fans have something new to dig into....in ways that may give Big Little Lies even more staying power than The Husband's Secret." The New York Times
"A novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher ... Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit." Huffington Post
"She is the mistress of the razor-sharp observation ... my favourite so far" Kate Morton
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A school trivia night ends in bloodshed, and Liane Moriarty has great fun pulling readers into the parental drama that led up to the shocking incident. The author depicts her three main characters—gutsy Madeline, willowy Celeste and anxious single mother Jane—with gusto and wit and keeps shifting your expectations about who’ll end up the victim. A fresh and clever variation on the whodunit, Big Little Lies deals compassionately with hot-button topics like helicopter parenting and domestic violence.
An idyllic Australian seaside town is the setting for this frank and revealing story of domestic abuse, bullying, and infidelity centering on the lives of three wonderful women, acquainted through their young children. Reader Lee aptly portrays Madeline as the voice of reason amid schoolyard gossipers and rumormongers. Voiced as straight-talking, feisty, and loud, Madeline is struggling with her other daughter, a defiant teenager, a derelict ex-husband, and his new bohemian wife. Beautiful, distracted Celeste and her hedge fund husband have material riches, adorable twin boys, and a vile, toxic marriage. Celeste's quiet, hesitant voice conveys the weight of her "secret shame." Single mother Jane's youth and vulnerability are palpable: "All around her was rich, vibrant color; she was the only colorless thing." Controlling, alpha moms "blond bobs" provide comic relief to this cautionary tale of parents behaving badly. Lee's lovely Australian accent is delightfully expressive; she skillfully balances a range of voices, thoughts, temperaments, and colloquialisms ("G'day, mate") as characters wrestle with secrets, lies, power, violence, trust, and truth. A Putnam hardcover.
Liane has a great way of making real life stories so easy to read. They suck you in because there are so many elements that you can relate to. I loved The Husbands Secret, Three Wishes and What Alice Forgot. Big Little Lies did not disappoint, and made for easy reading.
The book, set in a fictional suburb of Point Pirrawee, follows three kindy families through the first year of school, leading up to a trivia night. You begin the book knowing someone dies at the trivia night and spend much if the book trying to figure out who, and why. There are so many possibilities, hinged primarily on the schools politics, but also intertwining personal relationships.
Already I'm waiting for her next book. Thank Liane for writing stories that don't seem like fiction.
Read this for Book Club and loved it. A good mystery with great storyline.
Couldn’t put it down. Intriguing until the very end!