Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Book - 2014
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Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780399167065
Branch Call Number: F MOR NVD
Characteristics: 460 pages ; 24 cm

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Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated.
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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

Jane is a single mom and has nothing to say about her son’s mom. When she moves to a new town, the other parents are a bit judgmental. But their perfect lives hide dark and ugly secrets.

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SJM7323
Jul 23, 2017

This book was an easy, fast read. I really connected with the character, Jane. The ending/climax of the story took me by surprise and even brought some tears! Some tough subject matter is present throughout this story.

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lgregory826
Jul 10, 2017

when i first started the book, i was a bit thrown off by the narrative style. but i decided to stick with it and am so glad i did. a fun page-turner that reminded me of a classic mystery, i found myself unable to put it down and was disappointed when the book ended.

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Jazzs_Books
Jun 14, 2017

I read this book in about a week, couldn't put it down. The story line was interesting and it was extremely well written, loved it!

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jmzhillier
Jun 11, 2017

I couldn’t put this book down! A fun read full of suspense. The author gives away the ending in the first chapter, and you’re left turning the pages trying to piece together what happened.

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coroboreefarm
Jun 05, 2017

A fun read with a delicious twist at the end, and an amusing if somewhat disturbing, look at the "school Mum" lifestyle. The book was slow to start, as character details were being established, but it quickly gained momentum, and the enticing tidbit at the end of each chapter was encouragement enough to keep reading away.

This is a very well crafted tale, that exposes the little secrets that lie just below the surface of what seem to be the perfect, almost too perfect, lives of a well heeled set living in a sea side community near Sydney, Australia. In her book, Ms Moriarty deals skillfully and humorously, with a variety of touchy subjects such as domestic abuse, alcohol, and school yard bullying, date rape and even, as it turns out, murder. The plot twists and uncertain ending are sure to keep you engaged in this delightful, gossipy book.

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brooklynheart5
May 18, 2017

Great book. Really enjoyed it. Loved the characters and the 'twist' SO GOOD!! Can't wait to watch the miniseries.

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gina51
May 16, 2017

One of her good ones. A good twist at the end. You can read her books in 2 days because you never want to put them down. 5 stars.

debwalker Apr 21, 2017

Stunned by how good this is.
The source material for the HBO series. Mummies behaving badly - very badly indeed.

VaughanPLDonnalee Apr 18, 2017

I quite enjoyed this. The main characters were very believable. There were good twists and turns, some bits of humour, as well as some dark bits. Overall I found it a fairly fast read and a good page-turner. If I had one complaint, I wish it had maybe been a little bit shorter as there were some repetitive scenes and conversations that seemed to reappear multiple times, but that is a minor complaint. This was my first book by Liane Moriarty and I would definitely try another one by her.

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SPL_Brittany Apr 18, 2016

A murder ... a tragic accident...or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead, but who is responsible?

This novel jumps back and forth between the events leading up to, and following a suspicious death at the Pirriwee Public School parent body trivia night. It focuses on three mothers, each at a crossroad in their lives, whose children attend the same school. Madeline is a woman who remembers everything and forgives no one, is struggling to come to terms with a defiant teenage daughter who prefers to be with her ex-husband and his yogi wife. Celeste is a stunningly beautiful mother of twin mischievous boys is married to a hedge fund husband; to all appearances they are set to be the next king and queen of the parent body. Then there is, new-to-town single mom Jane who has concerns about her son is taken under the wing of Madeline and Celeste. When an incident occurs at school involving Jane’s son, drama inevitably ensues.

Liane Moriarty writes a fast paced and engrossing novel filled with suspense and a splash of witty and humorous dialog, surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters who are both flawed and relatable. Her story showcases the effects of school yard gossip, where appearances can be deceiving and you never really know what someone else is going through or what secrets they are keeping. Sometimes it is the little lies that we tell ourselves that can turn out to be the most lethal.

Despite the size of this book, it will have you reading late until the night.

To be made into HBO series in 2016.

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Babs56
Jun 27, 2016

Jane just wanted "a life that worked." Don't we all!

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