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Little Lies [Hardcover]

Liane Moriarty
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Book Description

31 July 2014

*Published as BIG LITTLE LIES in Australia and the United States*

Liane Moriarty, million copy selling author of The Husband's Secret brings us another addictive story of secrets and scandal.

Jane hasn't lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste - two women with seemingly perfect lives . . . and their own secrets behind closed doors.

But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder . . .

Praise for Liane Moriarty:

'Cleverly plotted, full of suspense, pulls you in from the first page' Sunday Mirror

'Gripping, acutely observed, thought-provoking and funny' Marie Claire

'The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling' Good Housekeeping

'A tense, page-turning story . . . a great read' Mail on Sunday

'The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable' Sophie Hannah

Liane Moriarty is the author of six novels including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and The Husband's Secret, which was a million copy bestseller and won the most popular Richard and Judy book club title for the autumn 2013 book club. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 July 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405918462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405918466
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling (Good Housekeeping)

This is such a clever idea. This is powerful, moving and gripping stuff (Star Magazine on The Husband's Secret)

The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable (Sophie Hannah on The Husband's Secret)

Dark and compelling, this is a must read (The Sun on The Husband's Secret)

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)

About the Author

Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of five novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and her most recent top ten bestseller The Husband's Secret. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive novel 31 July 2014
Just like her previous two novels, Little Lies is set in suburban Australia and centres on a community that is made up of upper middle-class families.

Jane is the newcomer; she's a young, single mother with a young son called Ziggy. Jane is very different to most of the other mothers at the school. She's not obsessed with her appearance, or by money, she doesn't have a husband who earns a huge salary. She's desperate to be accepted though and is delighted to find friendship in two of the most powerful mothers in town. However, things begin to go very wrong for Jane and Ziggy after an incident in the school playground, and suddenly mothers are against mothers.

Little Lies is a very clever story. The reader knows from page one that something terrible happened at the School Trivia Night, we know that someone is dead, but we don't know who it is, or who the murderer is, or why.

Liane Moriarty expertly weaves this story. Hooking the reader from the start with the big whodunnit and then skipping back a few months to gradually build up both the plot and the characters. There is a real credibility to these characters and the development of their relationships are excellently done. The author expertly portrays what appears to be a perfect life on the outside whilst allowing the reader glimpses into the sordid and often violent secrets lying below the surface.

Little Lies is the sort of book that keeps me up way past my bedtime with it's compelling plotline and cleverly careless clues dotted around that hooked me and made me want to read 'just one more chapter'. There were a few gasps out loud along the way too - there is nothing I like better than to find that I'm wrong about what I think has happened, or will happen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Lies 15 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This has to be one of the best books I've read so far this year. I started it yesterday afternoon and just had to keep reading until I finished it late yesterday evening. From the start of the book the reader knows that a death has occurred at a school trivia quiz night but doesn't know who has died or the exact circumstances. The narrative takes us back to six months before the event when Jane has just moved into the area with her five year old son, Ziggy, and he is about to start school. We know Jane has secrets but we don't know exactly what those secrets are.

Gradually the tension builds up through the interactions of the parents and children at the local primary school and we get to know a few of the parentsI rather better. Madeleine - on her second marriage with two small children and an older girl - with her ex-husband living nearby with his second wife and family; Jane and Ziggy and Celeste and Perry with their apparently perfect marriage and twin boys, Max and Josh. As we see into all their lives, secrets and tensions are revealed and these scenes are interspersed with comments made by other parents to police investigating the death which overshadows the whole book.

I loved the characters and the interactions between the parents. The way there were cliques and feuds and the way someone can suddenly become an outcast just on the say so of one person who then influences their supporters. You don't need to have children to appreciate the relationships between the parents and the way certain people are regarded as influencing the thinking of others. Without giving away too many plot elements the way rumour and supposition can rapidly turn into proven facts can be seen at work in any part of life - not just at the school gate.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars. Those Little Lies 31 July 2014
No Spoilers.

Attractive and bubbly Madeleine lives in the beautiful coastal town of Pirriwee, a suburb of Sydney, with her second husband, Ed, and her three children. Her first husband, Nathan, father to Madeleine's eldest child, is now married to yoga fanatic Bonnie, and they have a daughter who, along with Madeleine's youngest child, will soon be starting kindergarten at the local primary school, where much of the action in the story takes place. Madeleine, who can be rather feisty, finds the serene Bonnie rather irritating, but she has a busy life and a good network of friends, her closest friend being the head-turningly beautiful Celeste, who is married to Perry and is the mother of twin boys. Celeste and hedge fund manager Perry seem to be the perfect couple, but before long we begin to see that Celeste is hiding a secret and that her life is nowhere near as wonderful as it might appear on the surface. Into their lives arrives Jane, a young single mother and her five-year-old son, Ziggy. Jane is struggling to move on from a traumatic incident in her past and when she moves to Pirriwee and makes friends with Madeleine and Celeste, she finally begins to feel that this is somewhere she could settle down. That is until Ziggy is accused of bullying a fellow schoolmate and the enraged mother and her fellow mummy mafia followers begin to make life extremely difficult for Jane and Ziggy. And then a disturbing incident occurs at the school 'Trivia Night' which ends in the death of one of the parents - but who dies and who causes the death? (No spoilers - we learn right at the beginning of the book that someone is killed).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Lies
loved this book, full of twists and turns. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommend. This is the first book I read by Liane Moriarty, but I will be adding more to my library.
Published 11 hours ago by Nicola Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant
Absolutely loved this book. Reading numerous books whilst away on holiday and after reading The Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley I thought it would be hard finding another great book... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!!
It was easy to engage with the characters in this book, the story was really gripping. Just great. Highly recommended.
Published 22 hours ago by Suzy Meeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliantly written novel. I couldn't put it down.
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Published 1 day ago by Adrienne Hynman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
I loved this book so much that I sat up until 3am this morning to find out what happened. I read the Husbands Secret and thoroughly enjoyed it, so was really looking forward to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Karen Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing - just like the others
It had me gripped from the beginning. I definitely would never have guessed that ending!!! Love a story that you can get lost in
Published 2 days ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars You just cannot put this one down!
This is an absolutely brilliant book from an author that I have not noticed before.So many layers and so many amazing characters. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kentish bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Such a clever well written book. I could not put it down . and read it disappointingly quickly. A really gripping entertaining read, LOVED it.
Published 3 days ago by Tom Stone
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author is consistently good.
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