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Big Little Lies by [Moriarty, Liane]
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Praise for Big Little Lies
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
"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
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 hell of a good book. Funny and scary. Stephen King
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
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
Irresistible Moriarty s sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning pages. People
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)
Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise perfect family unit...Highly recommended. Library Journal (starred review)

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Praise for Big Little Lies
"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
"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
"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 hell of a good book. Funny and scary."--Stephen King
"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
"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
"Irresistible...Moriarty's sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning pages."--People
"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)
"Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise 'perfect' family unit...Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Big Little Lies
-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
-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
-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 hell of a good book. Funny and scary.---Stephen King
-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
-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
-Irresistible...Moriarty's sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning pages.---People
-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)
-Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise 'perfect' family unit...Highly recommended.---Library Journal (starred review)

Review

'A surefire hit ... 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.' (Entertainment Weekly)

'A tense, page-turning story ... a great read.' (Praise for The Husband's Secret) (The Mail on Sunday)

'Cleverly plotted, full of suspense, pulls you in from the first page.' (Praise for The Husband's Secret) (The Sunday Mirror)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5800 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K8J3VCC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,049 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
Oh my goodness, Liane Moriarty has done it again, another immensely readable book peopled with characters whom you feel like you could very well know. Centered on a small primary school in a fictional and idyllic Sydney beachside suburb, this is the story of three women who become firm friends when their children start kindergarten together.

Jane is a young single mother, devoted to her son but mute on the subject of his father. Celeste is the one who "has it all" - beautiful, wealthy, happily married - but she is also keeping a dark secret from everyone that she knows. And Madeleine, feisty Madeleine, is having issues with her teenage daughter who seems to prefer her father's household to Madeleine's. Woven into their stories are the various other dramas that beset the parents of that school year.

The story takes place over six months and from the outset we know that we are building towards a violent confrontation at a school trivia night in which someone will die. We are teased with this pending event from the word go, but it is not until the final chapters that everything becomes clear.

It took me three days to read the first few chapters of this book but then I finished the rest in one sitting. As you get hooked into these women's lives, it becomes impossible to put the book down. I also loved the way I could recognize so many of the characters from my own children's school: the superior parents of "gifted" children, the bullying lawyers who threaten lawsuits on anyone who crosses them, drunken misbehaviour at school fundraisers, the teachers struggling to cope - not with the children, but with the demands of their pushy and educated parents.
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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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After reading The Husbands Secret I found this book followed the same format, lots of characters, mostly woman who seemed to wrestle with inner angst and a revelation at some point in the book that I didn't see coming.
At times there is too much emotional stuff for my taste and the characters lack depth,I didn't feel a connection to any of them but she does drive the story forward and bring it to an acceptable conclusion.
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
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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