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Big Little Lies Mass Market Paperback – 7 May 2015
*Formerly published as LITTLE LIES*
Liane Moriarty, million copy selling author of The Husband's Secret brings us another addictive story of secrets and scandal.
It was always going to end in tears, but how did it end in murder?
Single mum Jane has just moved to town. She's got her little boy in tow - plus the secret she's been carrying for five years.
On the first day of the school run she meets Madeline - a force to be reckoned with, who remembers everything and forgives no one - and Celeste, the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but is inexplicably ill at ease. They both take Jane under their wing - while careful to keep their own secrets under wraps.
But a minor incident involving the children of all three women rapidly escalates: playground whispers become spiteful rumours until no one can tell the truth from the lies.
Which is when the secrets come out - and now someone is going to pay with their life . . .
Praise for Big Little Lies:
'Absolutely brilliant, even better than The Husband's Secret. Loved it. Liane Moriarty has that rare Anne Tyler thing of being able to make fun of people while clearly having compassion for them.' Louise Candlish, Sunday Times bestselling author of Since I Don't Have You
'The author of last year's bestseller, The Husband's Secret, is back with another sure-fire hit. Unputdownable'The Sun on Sunday
'It's not often that a book about murder mingled with domestic and sexual violence has you howling with laughter, but Moriarty pulls it off here ... Her ironic turn of phrases infuses even poignant moments with humour. Blending romance, comedy and mystery, this is a wonderful book - full of brains, guts and heart' The Sunday Mirror
' It's easy to get stuck into this book, thanks to neat plotting that keeps you guessing. Just dive right in because this book slips down as easily as a strawberry soufflé' Irish Independent
'A brilliantly plotted story with characters to care for who kept me reading, utterly gripped' Woman and Home Magazine'
'Here at Company HQ we're all obsessed with Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This juicy seaside-town murder mystery will be one of the biggest books this autumn' Company Magazine
'This fantastically written story, with its little clues casually dropped in along the way, will keep you guessing until the very end ... Another compelling, funny and thought-provoking winner from Liane Moriarty. Do whatever you can to get your hands on a copy - it's brilliant' Heat Magazine
'Take this page-turner on holiday with you - you won't be able to put it down!' Closer Magazine
'A twisted thriller' Now Magazine
'Another riveting thriller. Tackling difficult subjects with intelligence and humanity' Hello Magazine
'A compelling summer read not to be missed' OK Magazine
'This addictive new thriller from bestselling author Liane Moriarty weaves three stories together to a shocking and unpredictable climax' Take A Break Magazine
The number one bestseller Big Little Lies is now a HBO series starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Alexander Skarsgård and Shailene Woodey
Perfect family, perfect house, perfect life; Jane, Madeline and Celeste have it all . . . or do they? They are about to find out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control (from the publisher's description)
Absolutely brilliant, even better than The Husband's Secret. Loved it. Liane Moriarty has that rare Anne Tyler thing of being able to make fun of people while clearly having compassion for them. (Louise Candlish, Sunday Times bestselling author of SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU)
The author of last year's bestseller, The Husband's Secret, is back with another sure-fire hit. Unputdownable (The Sun on Sunday)
It's not often that a book about murder mingled with domestic and sexual violence has you howling with laughter, but Moriarty pulls it off here ... Her ironic turn of phrases infuses even poignant moments with humour. Blending romance, comedy and mystery, this is a wonderful book - full of brains, guts and heart (The Sunday Mirror)
It all reads terrifyingly real, with the viciousness of the women at the school gates and the hell they can make each others' lives. It's a fine book (The Sunday Sport)
Moriarty is happy to thread a thin line between mummy lit and fluffy thriller. It's easy to get stuck into this book, thanks to neat plotting that keeps you guessing. Just dive right in because this book slips down as easily as a strawberry soufflé (Irish Independent)
A brilliantly plotted story with characters to care for who kept me reading, utterly gripped (Woman and Home Magazine)
Here at Company HQ we're all obsessed with Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This juicy seaside-town murder mystery will be one of the biggest books this autumn (Company Magazine)
This fantastically written story, with its little clues casually dropped in along the way, will keep you guessing until the very end ... Another compelling, funny and thought-provoking winner from Liane Moriarty. Do whatever you can to get your hands on a copy - it's brilliant (Heat Magazine)
Take this page-turner on holiday with you - you won't be able to put it down! (Closer Magazine)
A twisted thriller (Now Magazine)
Another riveting thriller. Tackling difficult subjects with intelligence and humanity (Hello Magazine)
A compelling summer read not to be missed (OK Magazine)
This addictive new thriller from bestselling author Liane Moriarty weaves three stories together to a shocking and unpredictable climax (Take A Break Magazine)
It's a hell of a good book. Funny and scary. She nails the feuding moms. (Stephen King)
About the Author
- Publisher : Penguin (7 May 2015)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405920556
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405920551
- Dimensions : 11.1 x 3 x 17.8 cm
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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.
Top reviews from other countries
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!!