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Praise for Big Little Lies
“Ms. Moriarty’s long-parched fans have something new to dig into…in ways that may give Big Little Lies even more staying power than The Husband’s Secret.”—The New York Times
“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)
“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
“Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise “perfect” family unit…Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Irresistible…Exposing the fault lines in what looks like perfection is a specialty of Liane Moriarty… Moriarty’s sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning the pages to find out.”—People Magazine
"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
“A novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher…Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit.”—Huffington Post
“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
"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 juicy drama.”—People Stylewatch
“Not your average mommy novel. It’s a juicy, twisted murder mystery replete with themes of marital abuse and self-denial…The perfect mindless beach read.”—Purewow.com
“Suburbia is about to get a lot more scandalous.”—Closer Weekly
"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."—EW.com
"It’s no mystery why Liane Moriarty is a summer staple: with wit and compassion...[she] keeps it real."—Family Circle
“Riveting and insightful…Moriarty has crafted a great summer read full of perceptive glimpses into the many guises of human relationships: mother-child, husband-wife (and ex-wife) and above all, the strong bond of female friendships.”—Bookpage
"Deservedly popular Moriarty invigorates … women’s fiction through wit, good humor, sharp insight into human nature and addictive storytelling."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and What Alice Forgot. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.
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Now we backtrack to orientation day for the kindergartners. The parents are all waiting out front. When the children come out, Amabella has been hurt (yes, it is Amabella and not Annabella). Upon her mother’s urging, she points out Ziggy as the offender. Ziggy’s mother, Jane, is horrified. Jane is the newcomer, but she knows her son wouldn’t hurt anyone. Or would he? And, so this is where it begins. The beginning of the school year is the beginning of several events that plummet downhill and eventually lead to murder by the time the school hosts their Audrey and Elvis Trivia Night six months later.
The novel is set on beautiful, but fictional, Pirriwee Peninsular in the northern suburbs of Sydney, Australia. The story is told through three main characters – Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. Periodically, the author yields snippets of gossip by several of the other characters. It’s hilarious to see not only the different points of view but also how people can manage to prejudice the simplest things.Read more ›
My Review: I blame Liane Moriarty for my demeanor and appearance for the couple of days that it took me to read this book. Why? Because I couldn't not, for the life of me, put this book down until the wee hours of the morning a couple of nights in a row. Yes, it was that good.
Prepare for some gushing praise, my readers! I simply loved this book and I think the reasons are that I was invested into the lives of the main characters pretty much from the get-go. Her characters felt authentic and I felt for them - well, some of them anyway. I could easily imagine the snotty, posh moms, the competitive moms, the bullied child ... Then she adds the mystery component and 'Oh calamity!!' ** I had no chance in putting this book down for any length of time.
** I just have to say that as soon as I saw one of the characters utter this phrase I knew that I had to add it to my vernacular as soon as possible usually with a southern drawl - don't ask me why
Needless to say, this was a delicious romp through the trials and tribulations, betrayals and lies we tell in order to survive. You think you know your friends, neighbours and fellow school parents but do you really? This book tells you that you probably don't. Everyone has skeletons in their closet and this book brings them to light.
I wouldn't deem this book a 'Chick Lit' read because it deals with some serious topics -- elitism, murder, bullying, infidelity and another serious topic that I won't divulge in order to save the plot. But nor is it as dark and dismal as it could be and even had quite a sense of humour to it as well. Let's just say that it was a nice balance between the two poles.Read more ›
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I read my husband's secret and really enjoyed it. Although the writing style is similar in this novel, i found it hard to follow.Published 3 days ago by Sarah Hopkins
Ms Moriarty is so skilled at building wonderfully real characters and placing them in the most amazing, but perfectly believable situations. I'll be reading more of her work.Published 4 days ago by Michelle
This book follows 3 women who struggle with marriage, single-parenting, domestic violence and bullying. I enjoyed the many characters and the storyline very much. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rhona Ash
Fast read, very engaging. I'll probably try other Moriarty books as a result. Great vacation readPublished 1 month ago by Heather MacLean
I really enjoyed this book. Not my typical choice of story, but I found myself not putting the book down.
It's an easy read. Read more