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From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Apples Never Fall, and The Husband’s Secret comes the #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The author of The Husband’s Secret does it again, delivering another irresistible page-turner. 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.
Great summer beach read
Love her writing style, and possibly her best one yet! Never see the ending coming, she loves to make fun of Motherhood today, which I love. A must read!
I have been waiting all summer for a book this good! Seriously could not put down. Can't wait for her next book!
I read Husband's Secret & What Alice Forgot & enjoyed them, so when I had a chance to pre-buy, I did. I love her style. The "mystery" factor that the books I've read have, is what draws me, and I love the OMG, factor, when you find "something" out and it just gets yelled out! This book also had me yelling out loud, and my husband is used to being ignored when I read a book from this author... Because I want to "know" the "mystery" and to the author"s style, it really doesn't happen till close to the end!