Big Little Lies: Now an HBO limited series Paperback – 9 Feb 2017
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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)
About the Author
Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of seven novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. The Husband's Secret is a worldwide bestseller which has sold more than two million copies and been translated into over forty languages. Big Little Lies is now an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series, produced by and starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.
From the Publisher
Big Little Lies
Now an HBO limited series
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 author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband's Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
Jane hasn't lived anywhere for 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 coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives - and their own secrets.
But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies.
It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder.
Don't want Big Little Lies to end? Then why not order Liane Moriarty's new hit, Truly Madly Guilty.
Liane Moriarty is the author of seven novels: Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story, the worldwide phenomenon, The Husband's Secret, and Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
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In the beginning the reader is immediately aware that there has been a murder at the school trivia night but we don't know 'whodunnit'. Instead we are taken back to a few months before the evening and introduced to the characters. The novel mostly focuses on three friends, Madeline who is obsessed with clothes and makeup and a typical girly girl who you can't help but love, Celeste who's stunningly beautiful and stunningly rich but nice with it, and Jane who's much younger, only just moved to the area and lives up to her name as the 'plain Jane'. I've been watching the TV show so of course I wanted to read the book even more and of course there's differences, the show got rid of some characters like Madeleine's daughter Fred.
Each family has their secrets and lies. Madeline is suffering through fights with her teenage daughter who seems to prefer her father and stepmother. Celeste is hiding the horrors of her real family life behind the rich, beautiful facade. As for Jane she's got a whole heap of baggage not least that her son Ziggy is being accused of bullying.
I must admit that I didn't find this novel as engaging as the others I've read by this author but I don't know if that was partially because I've seen the beginning of the series and so sort of knew what half of it was about, but I found the characters likeable and the plot was great! Of course the end was a huge shock in line with Lianne's usual way of writing. There's not one but two major twists and the ending leaves shock waves rebounding through the reader.
Although this novel is set in Australia, the school, parents, children, situations and playground politics will be all too familiar to any parent – accusations of bullying, cliques of mothers gossiping in the playground, children being excluded from parties or play dates, competitive parents, the ‘class toy’ and volunteering at the school are all covered in this book, which weaves its way through the six months leading up to the implosion of events at the trivia night.
As well as looking at life through events at the school, we also read of the lives of the women; especially the three main characters of Madeline, Jane and Celeste. Although there are very serious issues tackled in the storyline, much of this book is also extremely funny. I have to say that I was completely gripped and loved every page. The characters, the situations and feelings of the women were all authentic and it is sure to appeal to anyone who has found that taking your child to school is not always simply about their education. Highly recommended, often moving and darkly humorous, this would be a fantastic choice for book groups, with much to discuss. Lastly, I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
So is it overhyped? Not at all.
I completely devoured this book. It was a gripping story. I really enjoyed the way it was written knowing from the beginning that somebody is going to die, and the inclusion of snippets of police interviews between the chapters. An most importantly I was kept guessing until the end.
I can’t recommend this book enough!
Trigger warning: Domestic Abuse
Madeline is the 'life and soul' of the playground, a feisty and friendly gossip struggling with a teenage daughter. Jane is a young single mum, devoted to her son but keeping silent about his father. Celeste seemingly 'has it all', rich and beautiful with a charmingly perfect husband but hiding the horrible truth of her idyllic marriage.
The book opens with the Pirriwee School Trivia night, parents dressed as Elvis and Audrey Hepburn, and a shocking death. We then track back 6 months and learn of the events that led to this fateful night. Moriarty is an expert storyteller; creating characters you empathise with, covering issues such as playground politics, bullying, step families, teenage angst and domestic violence. The story never loses it's suspense as you keenly turn the pages to discover which character will die and why. Fragments of typical family life and snippets from interviews with more minor characters add humour. The setting of the Pirriwee Peninsular in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia sounds so picturesque you want to visit.
Really enjoyed reading this and highly recommend Big Little Lies, and indeed The Husband's Secret and What Alice Forgot also by Liane Moriarty.
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