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Big Little Lies Hardcover – Jul 29 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 29 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399167064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399167065
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Kindle Edition
I really did find myself addicted to this book, wanting to read as much as I could at a time. The chapters are short, so it made reading it here and there throughout the day quite easy. The detective interview transcripts at the end of each chapter made me super interested, almost acting as a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter. I was a bit disappointed by a bit of the unexplained behaviour of the central characters at the end of the book, following the dramatic climax (the way in which many characters reacted to the ending was out of character, which left me disappointed and as if the quick wrap up was a cop out). The writing isn't profound, but the author handled a lot of sensitive topics in thought provoking ways (it wasn't as cliche as I expected, especially when dealing with a particular incident from Jane's past). There are twists and turns, and this would be a great beach read, but isn't really worth taking up space on your shelf for an extended amount of time (far from a classic). I hope this review is helpful :D
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By Carole P. Roman TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 8 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book started like a slow moving train weighted down with a heavy cargo. There were a lot of characters, and it felt hard to keep up with all the gossipy quips of the catty mothers. With relentless speed, the momentum built, finally taking off to a predictable destination- but it didn't matter. The ride was terrific. By the time I got to know them, the characters lively quirks made them so well defined when the final chapters arrived, I felt like they were my own neighbors. I loved this book. The mothers were wonderfully neurotic, professional micro managers squeezing details of everyday life into slots that please their well ordered and compulsive minds. I have known several of them, and recognized the little lies that are used to keep the appearance of their perfection in tact. Every stereotype was there, from earth mother, to the helicopter corporate mom's and their minions who always manage to manipulate the school. Jane was sweet, and I loved her growth. Madeline angst over her teenage daughter, her warrior heart , her insecurities made her endearingly real. Celeste, well, all I am going to say is I know a Celeste or two, and have seen them struggle the narrow line of real or imagined, love and hate, and the lies they use to survive.
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I never imagined that kindergarten parents were so cliquey and dramatic! Right from the start we know that someone dies/is murdered at the school trivia night and the whole book relates the events leading up to that one night. The characters have so much going on in their lives that it is never boring. The issues covered are complex, domestic violence, rape, competition between parents, bullying, dealing with exes and their new families, teenage stupidity. It is at times hilarious and at others heart-breaking. It isn't until the end that we find out who is the victim and I never figured it out until it was revealed. And the "murderer" I NEVER would have guessed. The whole story was full of surprises and the ones revealed at Trivia Night are absolute stunners! The narrator for this audiobook had a strong accent and a bit of a shrill voice that grated a bit at first but her distinctive voices for each character were quite amazing. I ended up really enjoying her narration and would listen to other books she has done.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Have you ever gone to a child’s ball game and wondered who were more mature – the adults or the children? That’s kind of the way this story plays out. Chapter one begins with the end, so to speak. Dear nosy Mrs. Potter, who lives across the street from the Pirriwee Public School, witnessed a drastic turn of events during the school’s fundraiser, an Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley Trivia Night. The men dress up as Elvis and the women dress up as Audrey Hepburn. Mrs. Potter saw one Elvis punch another and heard the Elvises and Audreys getting louder and louder. She could hardly even hear her TV. Eventually someone from the balcony was screaming bloody blue murder.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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.
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