Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Book - 2014
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Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780399167065
9780399587207
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOR
Characteristics: 460 pages ; 24 cm
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Set in Australia, one experiences the challenges of blended families, "perfect families", working parents, single parents, etc. while always staying fresh and unpredictable. The main characters are multi-layered and gradually developed, allowing the reader a strong sense of familiarity.... Read More »

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WVMLlibrarian Jul 30, 2013

Three women whose children attend kindergarten together begin to form a friendship, and their (big) little lies come bubbling to the surface.

List - Beach Reads 2016
WVMLlibrarian Jul 12, 2016

Murder at school trivia night? Let three straight-talking women in the suberbs take you on a journey of mystery, murder, and family struggles. Told from three different perspectives, with laughs and twists along the way.


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abennett535
May 14, 2018

It was a good read, but predicable. I guessed who got killed about halfway through the book, and it had a bit of a Hollywood ending. The relationship between the three women was great, and I found myself relating to each one at different times.

This for me was Lianne Moriarty at her best. I had seen the HBO show first and wanted to see how the book had been adapted. It was interesting to me how some characters were blended or not included to make the story more streamlined for TV. I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book even though I knew the ending.

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XueyingMou
Apr 03, 2018

An interesting book that made you reading nonstop. Life is a drama, and this book tells us that no matter big or little lies, they will be exposed under the sun sooner or later.

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helenlorraine
Feb 25, 2018

She kept me guessing until the end--who died, who did it, and why. Funny, thoughtful and overall entertaining.

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GKL10101
Feb 21, 2018

Technically a mystery, I guess, although the characters and setting are really the stars. It's a small community and everyone's in everyone's business, often in petty ways. It would be a nightmare to live in, but I still really enjoyed reading it.

Then we get into the secrets that individuals were concealing despite the nosiness of neighbors. The scenes of abuse, and particularly how people cover it up and justify it to themselves, were hard to read but excellent.

Things wrapped up a bit too neatly for my taste, but a quite good read overall.

shokolit Feb 17, 2018

Its one of those books that once you (well me :-) ) start reading them, you find it very difficult to put them down. The story introduces friendship of three main characters, who seemingly lead very different lives. However, what seems to be, is actually quite different that what lies beneath the surface.
I enjoyed the book very much, and looking forward to reading more of Moriatry's novels .

LoganLib_LisaH Feb 08, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, especially the climax. Did not see that coming! I loved the mini-series also.

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fadzie
Feb 04, 2018

The usual Liane Moriarty - very light, very entertaining, with a bit of twist at the end. Easy read - have to watch the TV series.

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nawchem
Jan 20, 2018

This is my kind of book. It starts out like a superficial chick story, but then it grabs you and pulls you in with the several ongoing mysteries. The last page made me surprisingly tear up.

vm510 Jan 11, 2018

This was such a compulsive book. I loved the characters and how they view motherhood, marriage, and their lives as modern women. If you haven't watch the show yet I suggest
reading the book before watching the show. The show was a bit more subtle and lush, but there are some reveals that are most enjoyable the first time around while reading.

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LoganLib_LisaH Feb 08, 2018

LoganLib_LisaH thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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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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