Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Large Print - 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: Waterville, ME :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410472038
Branch Call Number: LP MOR
Characteristics: 679 pages (large print) ; 23 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 »

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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Set in a small seaside community in Australia, this book combines the perspectives of three women in the months leading up to a murder at the local elementary school’s parent trivia night. This is a quick moving, suspenseful book that confronts some weighty matters in a way that feels easy to the reader. It is emotionally astute, but the moments of hilarity keep it from being burdensome. A modern take on a whodunit that is definitely worth picking up. (submitted by Julianne.)

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Linyarai
Oct 11, 2018

This book definitely surpassed my expectations. Some of the characters I had trouble telling apart, but overall it was a fantastic, catty, super dramatic story and I got sucked right in.

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Mya614
Oct 03, 2018

This book was great. Not what I was expecting at all! The book is set in Australia, unlike the series which I heard was US, but can't wait to watch it either way.

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Waldenfamily13
Jul 23, 2018

Wow, I did NOT see that coming. It started out a little slow in the beginning but was sooo good! I spent the whole book trying to piece together clues to "who died" and "who did it" and I was shocked in the end. Great book! I need to go watch the series now :)

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Liselara
Jun 16, 2018

Boy, this author sure laid it on thick when it comes to women and their behaviours as mothers (making women look like idiots). Although I read it to the end, I was bored pretty quickly; sort of cartoon characters and very predictable. I figured out what Jane was doing there early on. The only reason why I read it was because I knew HBO was doing a mini-series on the book and I figured it must be terrific but after reading the novel, I doubt I'd watch the series.

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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.

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 .

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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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