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Big Little Lies by [Moriarty, Liane]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 290 customer reviews

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Length: 512 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The no. 1 New York Times bestseller from the author of The Husband's Secret

NOW AN HBO TELEVISION SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON & NICOLE KIDMAN

"Irresistible ... Moriarty's sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning the pages to find out." People Magazine

Parents behaving badly ... a tragic accident ... or murder? What isn't in doubt is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with: witty, noisy and passionate. She remembers everything and forgives no one.

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. But perfection is often an illusion.

Jane is a single mum with a mysterious past who carries a sadness beyond her years.

These three women, all with children starting at the same school, are about to tell the little lies that can turn lethal ...

PRAISE FOR BIG LITTLE LIES

"Liane Moriarty produces novels that are miracles of structure as well as human insight" Sydney Morning Herald

"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

"A novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher ... Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit." Huffington Post

"She is the mistress of the razor-sharp observation ... my favourite so far" Kate Morton

WINNER OF THE ABIA GENERAL FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1312 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (22 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1743530420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1743530429
  • ASIN: B00K2JH9ZS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 290 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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(This review was originally published August 25, 2014 on my husbands Amazon account)
This has everything I love in a book! Real characters, great plot, humour, suspense and fabulous writing.
Although you know right from the opening paragraphs that something dreadful has happened in Pirriwee, Australia this compelling story in true Liane Moriarty fashion keeps you guessing. Tragic yet hilarious, so much more than a murder mystery this novel kept me reading well into the night. The protagonists Jane, Maddie and Celeste are all mothers of children at Pirriwee Public School, all very different but drawn together by events at school. Jane is the single parent, new to the area, while Celeste is the happily married one, wealthy and beautiful, the envy of all the other Mums and Maddie is the lively one, having problems with her teenage daughter from a previous marriage. In Big Little Lies, the little lies we tell ourselves and others -- sometimes to disguise the big ones -- blow up into murder and mayhem at the P&C Trivia Night. Though we know someone has died from the beginning of the novel, we don't find out who it is till the end, as we go back through the histories of the participants to uncover the nagging jealousies and seething problems that led to the fatal moment. The scene is set, disaster has struck, but to find out exactly what the author takes us back to the start of the school year to tell us the whole story. The characters and their relationships are all very realistic and sadly totally believable. I say sadly as these are everyday situations that you are going to Recognise as they feel very real. Nobody's life is quite as it seems and as we are taken behind the scenes of the characters relationships with their partners and families you are pulled into the complicated web of deceit.
Another Moriarty gem - entertaining and compelling read, which gains pace as the dreadful facts emerge.
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This is such an amazing book. I just knew that I had to read it. Such a hilarious Australian book that I just knew I would love as I'm an Aussie myself. Such a wonderful tale it just puts a smile on my face immediately with quality writing from such an amazing author, Liane Moriarty. I just knew I would love it so much.

I thoroughly enjoyed this funny book. I loved how the parents interacted together seeming quite strange. And then they started on the teachers next.

I ultimately loved this book entirely. I adored every character and how it was so amazingly written by this great author! I truly loved it.

* I recommend this book to everyone!!
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The thing I like best about Liane Moriarty's books - apart from her wicked humour - is that you could step right into the pages of the book mingle with the crowd, live amongst the characters. These are your neighbours, your friends, the bitchy cow snobbing you on the bus - REAL people, your crowd. You can laugh with them, cry with them, feel their pain, share their joy. It's going a few years back since my kids were in kindy, but boy, it brought back some memories - I laughed till I had tears in my eyes."Mothers took their mothering so seriously now." Yes, it's a battlefield out there. Observed with great insight and the wry humour which has always made Moriarty's books so attractive - the chance to laugh at ourselves & our quirks, individually and at society as a whole. I loved it. Highly recommended!
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By lisa TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 March 2017
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Primary schools can be full of so much drama especially between the parents. Clever Liane Moriaty has capitalised on this to create an absolutely riveting drama. She understands the cliques, the judgements and generosity that takes place in the school drop off and pick up lines. We get to know three unique characters through their poignant and funny inner dialogues; angry social dynamo Maddie, vague beautiful Celeste and damaged single mum Jane.

There are also intriguing secondary characters. The children's personalities are very believable. Then there is the harassed kindergarten teacher who tries not to swear, the alpha mum and her obsequious sidekick, the dry humoured dads, it takes me back to those days of running the pick up gauntlet.

Some real issues are weaved into the mostly entertaining story. The author genuinely understands the dilemma of women in abusive relationships. She gives insights into why intelligent educated women sometimes cover for a violent partner. Toward the end you can see the many layers of meaning in the title. This is such a satisfying read, I've gifted it to many friends.
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What a gorgeous little surprise of a novel. I heard Liane interviewed on the radio and thought I would give her a go. I was not sorry I made that decision.
This book is structured in an interesting way, which kept me wanting to find out about the end. The story is about a small coastal beach town, and all of the secrets that lie beneath the surface of what looks like pure heaven of a place to live. Ms Moriarty slowly unfolds the shiny corners to uncover some pretty dark stuff: ranging from dealing with teenage hormonal behaviour to domestic violence. There's a lot to say about any of the topics covered in this story, and there were times when I felt there were too many themes going on at the same time.
Loved the chorus of P and C mothers editorialising on the unfolding events. And there is even a surprise twist [ish] at the end. A good solid yarn.
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