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Big Little Lies Hardcover – 29 July 2014
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STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON, NICOLE KIDMAN, SHAILENE WOODLEY, LAURA DERN, ZOË KRAVITZ, AND MERYL STREEP
From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Truly Madly Guilty, and The Husband's Secret comes the #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead. Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
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"Ms. Moriarty's long-parched fans have something new to dig into...Big Little Lies [may have] even more staying power than The Husband's Secret."--The New York Times "Funny and thrilling, page-turning but with emotional depth, Big Little Lies is a terrific follow-up to The Husband's Secret."--Booklist (starred review) "Big Little Lies tolls a warning bell about the big little lies we tell in order to survive. It takes a powerful stand against domestic violence even as it makes us laugh at the adults whose silly costume party seems more reminiscent of a middle-school dance."--The Washington Post "Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise "perfect" family unit...Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review) "Irresistible...Exposing the fault lines in what looks like perfection is a specialty of Liane Moriarty... Moriarty's sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning the pages to find out."--People Magazine The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town...are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee...[Moriarty] is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly; even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking."--Entertainment Weekly "If you're looking for a novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher look no further. Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit...It's can't-put-downability comes from its darker subplots...A book that will make you appreciate the long days of summer."--Oprah.com Reading one [of Liane Moriarty's novels] is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic...a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read...Moriarty is back in fine form.--USA Today "A juicy drama."--People Stylewatch "Not your average mommy novel. It's a juicy, twisted murder mystery replete with themes of marital abuse and self-denial...The perfect mindless beach read."--Purewow.com "Suburbia is about to get a lot more scandalous."--Closer Weekly The Aussie author of last year's runaway hit The Husband's Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three women.--EW.com It's no mystery why Liane Moriarty is a summer staple: with wit and compassion...[she] keeps it real.--Family Circle "Riveting and insightful...Moriarty has crafted a great summer read full of perceptive glimpses into the many guises of human relationships: mother-child, husband-wife (and ex-wife) and above all, the strong bond of female friendships."--Bookpage Deservedly popular Moriarty invigorates ... women's fiction through wit, good humor, sharp insight into human nature and addictive storytelling.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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- Publisher : Berkley Books; 1st edition (29 July 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 460 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399167064
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399167065
- Dimensions : 15.93 x 3.76 x 23.55 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 795,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It may seem the conversations, the friendships, the talks and emotions are just surface stuff that mums and dads use to overcome these fleeting meetings, but as time goes on and friendships and dislikes begin to grow. The innuendos, hidden as they are meant to be, begin to build and slowly irrevocably a pattern develops that, in the final days of the school year burst into unbelievable drama.
Liana Moriarty brings this to life with the stories of the parents attending to the school. The petty reactions that are, secretly, backed by what goes on privately within the home. Everyone has secrets and when all the wrong secrets comes together then life becomes inflammable and big things happen. In this case death.
We start the story only knowing there was a death, but not who or why or how until the end. We witness the build up and find ourselves thinking “No, that won’t be what caused the death”. Just how innocent can we be? When it comes to human emotions we remain innocent until something big happens and death is so often the eye opener. No one is ever quite the same after death.
Moriarty writes brilliantly and what seems to be a mundane incident begins to take on a furtive nature, that grows and grows becoming clearer and deeper as the end nears. Anyone who has ever been a parent will know so well just how much it is the little things that should never be overlooked, especially around new kindergarten parents who didn’t know each other when term began.
This has everything I love in a book! Real characters, great plot, humour, suspense and fabulous writing.
Although you know right from the opening paragraphs that something dreadful has happened in Pirriwee, Australia this compelling story in true Liane Moriarty fashion keeps you guessing. Tragic yet hilarious, so much more than a murder mystery this novel kept me reading well into the night. The protagonists Jane, Maddie and Celeste are all mothers of children at Pirriwee Public School, all very different but drawn together by events at school. Jane is the single parent, new to the area, while Celeste is the happily married one, wealthy and beautiful, the envy of all the other Mums and Maddie is the lively one, having problems with her teenage daughter from a previous marriage. In Big Little Lies, the little lies we tell ourselves and others -- sometimes to disguise the big ones -- blow up into murder and mayhem at the P&C Trivia Night. Though we know someone has died from the beginning of the novel, we don't find out who it is till the end, as we go back through the histories of the participants to uncover the nagging jealousies and seething problems that led to the fatal moment. The scene is set, disaster has struck, but to find out exactly what the author takes us back to the start of the school year to tell us the whole story. The characters and their relationships are all very realistic and sadly totally believable. I say sadly as these are everyday situations that you are going to Recognise as they feel very real. Nobody's life is quite as it seems and as we are taken behind the scenes of the characters relationships with their partners and families you are pulled into the complicated web of deceit.
Another Moriarty gem - entertaining and compelling read, which gains pace as the dreadful facts emerge.
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There is some clever structure to the mystery but as it progresses it becomes absolutely clear this is a major sickly sweet 'feel good' tale with a super happy ending (apart from the one body). All the little sub plots start to tie up soooo perfectly you know the dead person is going to be the one character who most deserves it - so the only tension is who kills the bastard. Credit where due the whodunit twist is quite good but by the time it came I was choking on sweet sick from all the other niceness.
There are some dialogue issues as well, for example the main characters keep saying 'Oh calamity' which would be okay if the calamity were a minor issue like a stubbed toe but when the subject is sexual or domestic violence it doesn't fit.
I understand feel good tales have happy endings but this is all too neat to be credible. As a final point within this fairly woeful book the issue of domestic violence is dealt with quite well - it's a shame there are some good ideas here, a good context but the delivery is lacking and 'feel good' factor is way too over sugared.
you read it). The experience is weirdly akin to when you go to a hotel. When you first get to a hotel room you get to know your way around, find the slippers, the safe... Then once you change into your swimsuit, go for a swim and have a nice shower you feel like you've properly moved in... This book felt like the "just arrived" feeling of getting to a hotel room and never felt like I'd properly moved in... Until it was time to check out and you'd wonder where the time went! I wonder if anyone felt the same!!