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Book Review: Big Little Lies

…by Liane Moriarty.

After reading The Husband’s Secret by Moriarty, I rushed out to get all of her books. I picked up Big Little Lies as my first choice. Set in beautiful Pirriwee Peninsula in Sydney {a fictional suburb which I assume is north of the harbour bridge}, while things may look picturesque on the outside, all is not what it seems. The book begins with the death of a parent at Pirriwee Public School during a fund-raising trivia night. Who has died? And were they murdered or was it an accident? We don’t really know.

We are taken back to orientation day for kindergarten, about six months before the trivia night. Here we are introduced to Madeleine Mackenzie as she attends orientation day with her daughter Chloe at Pirriwee Public. Due to a minor accident, she meets Jane Chapman, mother of Ziggy, who is also on her way to orientation. Jane is about to move to the area and is a single parent. Madeleine, with her chatty and extraverted nature, draws Jane in. She introduces her to other friend, the beautiful Celeste, whose identical twin boys Max and Josh are also starting kindergarten. The three women couldn’t be more different. Yet, it appears that fate has brought them together.

As they pick up their kids post-orientation, one of the gifted girls in the same class, Amabella, comes out crying. It turns out one of the boys has tried to strangle her. All hell breaks loose among the mothers {and some fathers}. When Renata, Amabella’s mother, asks her to point to the boy who did this to her, everyone is surprised to find out it’s Ziggy. But Ziggy denies he strangled her. Renata however, is inclined to believe her daughter as are some of her friends. Thus begins a great divide of Team Renata and Team Madeleine.

Who is the parent who is murdered? And why?

If Ziggy hasn’t hurt Amabella, who has? 

What is Jane hiding about Ziggy’s father? 

Why is Celeste always on edge? 

Moriarty keeps you guessing and waiting for what happens next.

I started this book on Wednesday night and finished it by Saturday night {it’s a 400+ page book}; this in spite of working, trying to write assignments, blogging and spending most of Saturday outside with friends. I couldn’t put the book down and finished it by midnight on Saturday because I wanted to know all those answers. I loved her technique of dropping some hints along the way but still keeping you guessing. It’s a darkly-funny book filled with real life issues about bullying, domestic violence, and parenting.

The three main characters are well drawn out and have their flaws and strengths. Some of the other characters appear to be caricatures through their brief interviews but not unbelievable. I loved Madeleine who although, quite flighty, has her heart in the right place. She seems like someone I could be friends with even though we may not have anything in common. Jane too would be someone I’d easily be friends with maybe just because she is unassuming. Celeste came across as someone I’d be intimidated by especially if it was just based on appearances.

While we shouldn’t judge people by their appearances, we shouldn’t always believe the little lies they tell us.

My rating:

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Until  next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    October 6, 2015 at 7:39 am

    You’ve sold me. This is now on my Wishlist! I haven’t read any of her stuff before but this sounds great, I love a story that keeps you guessing!
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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    October 6, 2015 at 7:39 am

    You’ve sold me. This is now on my Wishlist! I haven’t read any of her stuff before but this sounds great, I love a story that keeps you guessing!
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  • Maxabella
    October 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I love Liane Moriarty and the only issue I ever have with her stories is that I could have bloody well told them myself but DIDN’T. So she makes me feel a bit like a loser. But otherwise fab! x
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  • Maxabella
    October 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I love Liane Moriarty and the only issue I ever have with her stories is that I could have bloody well told them myself but DIDN’T. So she makes me feel a bit like a loser. But otherwise fab! x
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  • JF Gibson
    October 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Yep! Love Liane, and Big Little Lies was one of my favourites. I adore her writing style, so simple yet elegant, but witty and challenging at the same time.

  • JF Gibson
    October 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Yep! Love Liane, and Big Little Lies was one of my favourites. I adore her writing style, so simple yet elegant, but witty and challenging at the same time.

  • Hugzilla
    October 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Oh that sounds really interesting! I read one of those “stay up until midnight” books recently. I know I’m well behind but I finally got around to reading Gone Girl and I was utterly hooked. I read the whole thing in 24 hours. I love when a book is so gripping that it makes you make room for it in your life!
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  • Hugzilla
    October 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Oh that sounds really interesting! I read one of those “stay up until midnight” books recently. I know I’m well behind but I finally got around to reading Gone Girl and I was utterly hooked. I read the whole thing in 24 hours. I love when a book is so gripping that it makes you make room for it in your life!
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  • Namrata Kumari
    October 7, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I haven’t read Moriarty yet. I thought I don’t have time to read due to my work. But after reading you I must say that book lovers can always find time to read. Thanks for inspiring. It was a lovely review. 🙂

  • Namrata Kumari
    October 7, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I haven’t read Moriarty yet. I thought I don’t have time to read due to my work. But after reading you I must say that book lovers can always find time to read. Thanks for inspiring. It was a lovely review. 🙂

  • Bikram
    October 13, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I am such a drag i tell you.. I did not even know f the author 🙁 God help me

    Bikram’s

  • Bikram
    October 13, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I am such a drag i tell you.. I did not even know f the author 🙁 God help me

    Bikram’s

  • Soumya
    October 9, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    5 stars, wow! The story sounds brilliant too. I have this on my shelf and I’m starting this rightaway.
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