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
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.

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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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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.

JCLLizW Feb 07, 2018

The characters in this book (especially the women) are so well-written and the way Moriarty delivers the story is so perfect to the setting. The author gathers several different perspectives to piece together this tale of crime in a rich, Australian suburb. I did not think the ending was predictable and I'm the kind of paranoid reader who suspects everyone. Despite the large number of pages, you'll get through this book pretty quickly since every answer is followed by a new question.

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.

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.

K_ROK Jan 08, 2018

I thought the story was very good. Lots of different themes that were addressed. This is exactly what I call 'Suburban fiction'. Very entertaining and worth the read.

AL_ANNAL Dec 14, 2017

"Kirkus" describes this bestseller as "darkly comic," a wonderful combination and beautifully carried out. The characters are likable and flawed in ways I recognized and loved as portrayed here.

Dec 04, 2017

Great book, the kind that you finish in one weekend!

Dec 03, 2017

Suspense on every page. So much sympathy developed for a wide range of characters. A rollicking read.

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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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Jun 27, 2016

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


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