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Big Little Lies Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 August 2014
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- Publisher : Bolinda audio; Unabridged edition (1 August 2014)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1486238343
- ISBN-13 : 978-1486238347
- Dimensions : 14.6 x 2.8 x 13.4 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.
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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!!