Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is realistic contemporary fiction about school politics, parenting, bullying, secrets, friendship, and domestic violence. The novel primarily focuses on four couples and one single mother who all have children starting kindergarten at Pirriwee Public School. The mothers are all very involved at the school and have a lots of interesting interaction. The whole book leads up to the climax at the School’s annual Parent Trivia Night when one of the parents is killed. Here is a teaser from pg. 637 that really sums up this whole book spoken by one of the mothers:
It occurred to her that there were so many levels of evil in the world. Small evils like her own malicious words. Like not inviting a child to a party. Bigger evils like walking out on your wife and newborn baby or sleeping with your child’s nanny. And then there was the sort of evil of which Madeline had no experience: cruelty in hotel rooms and violence in suburban homes and little girls being sold like merchandise, shattering innocent hearts.
Right from the start the reader finds out there is a murder investigation and interspersed throughout the book are snippets of different people telling the detective what happened. The writing is outstanding and cleverly done with a surprise ending, at least for me. This is a page turner that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys family drama and a good mystery. I think this would be a great book for a book club!
If you have read this one, who were your favorite characters? Gerard liked all the mothers in the book. I liked Ed most and Celeste second. I loved how generous she was with her husband’s money!(Karen's review-10/24/14, 5 stars)
Gerard's review, 5++ stars:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is told by three women: Madeline, Celeste and Jane. They all have children attending the same grade school. This is a fantastic read! I loved all the women and their different story lines along with plenty of action! This novel builds up to one night when all the story lines finally come together. I LOVED the ending! Do not miss this one--it's a must read! It does not get any better than this. This is my new book of the month without a doubt!
We both liked The Husband's Secret by this author, but this one is way better than that even!
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