Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies 10

by Liane Moriarty

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 22/07/2014

4/5 Rating 10 Reviews
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The no 1. New York Times bestseller from the author of The Husband's Secret and new novel Nine Perfect Strangers.

NOW AN EMMY AWARD WINNING HBO TELEVISION SERIES STARRING REESE WITHERSPOON & NICOLE KIDMAN

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 ...

WINNER OF THE ABIA GENERAL FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR

PRAISE FOR BIG LITTLE LIES

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

"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
ISBN:
9781743530429
9781743530429
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
22-07-2014
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
480
Dimensions (mm):
231x155x35mm
Weight:
0.6kg
Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.
         
Film rights to What Alice Forgot have been pre-empted by Sony TriStar with Jennifer Aniston starring as Alice. 
           
The Husband's Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and is set to be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. 
          
With the launch of her most recent novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Rights have been acquired by Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon who will both take roles in the TV production, scripted by David E Kelley, with HBO winning the screen rights after a battle with Netflix. 
    
Writing as L.M. Moriarty, Liane has also written a children's book series, The Petrifying Problem with Princess Petronella, The Shocking Trouble on the Planet of Shobble and The Wicked War on the Planet of Whimsy
   
Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

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  • fantastic read. such an eye opener

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    cant wait to see this on the big screen!

  • a brilliant read.

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    “The Blonde Bobs rule the school. If you want to be on the P&C you have to have a blonde bob…..They’re like Mum Prefects, they feel very strongly about their roles as school mums. It’s like their religion. They’re fundamentalist mothers”

    Big Little Lies is the sixth novel by Australian author, Liane Moriarty. The Pirriwee Peninsula on Sydney’s Northern Beaches is home to a diverse range of people, many of whom have children at the Pirriwee Public School and so are present at the Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser. But this year, one of those parents ends up dead. This one, intriguing fact is presented in the first chapter, after which the narrative jumps back six months to trace the sequence of events that led to the tragedy.

    Moriarty uses three narrators, each of whom has children starting in Kindergarten: Madeline, confident, outgoing and never averse to voicing her outrage at the smallest injustice; Jane, a single mum with a dark secret in her past; and Celeste, rich and beautiful, and married to a seemingly perfect man. Other perspectives are presented in the form of quotes (some quite perceptive, some decidedly frivolous) recorded after the event by a journalist, from parents and teachers present on the night.

    Moriarty gives the reader an original plot with a twist that only the most astute reader will predict. The setting is commonplace and easily recognisable and Moriarty captures the feel of the school situation perfectly. The dialogue is familiar from any café or school playground and the characters are real and flawed; none is wholly good or completely evil. Several characters will surprise at the climax, and the reader may even feel some sympathy for the abuser. Readers are likely to find themselves hoping none of the narrators is the Trivia Night victim.

    Moriarty touches on some topical themes as well as some age-old topics: domestic violence; body image; the dangers of a one-night-stand; bullying; victim mentality; erotic asphyxiation; infidelity; and bizarre internet auctions. She manages to include a lost plush toy, a Kindy Mothers race, head lice (of course!), a petition, a twisted ankle, a French nanny, little bullies and big bullies, an ex-husband, a gorgeous barista, a profusion of Elvises and Audrey Hepburns and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

    Moriarty gives her characters both wise words and amusing observations: “Then, as she hit her late thirties, her body said: OK, you don’t believe in PMT? I’ll show you PMT. Get a load of this, bitch” and “Ex-husbands should live in different suburbs. They should send their children to different schools. There should be legislation …..”. Also “She looked straight ahead at the briskly working windshield wipers. The windscreen was just like never-ending cycles of her mind. Confusion. Clear. Confusion. Clear. Confusion. Clear.” and “Jane saw that Madeline’s feelings about Jane’s baking were similar to Jane’s feelings about Madeline’s accessories: confused admiration for an exotic sort of behaviour”

    Fans of The Husband’s Secret will not be disappointed with Big Little Lies. Readers who can ignore the misspelling of peninsula throughout the text will agree that this is, once again, a brilliant read.

  • Like reading a stream of consciousness

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    The characters have a familiarity about them, they feel like real people. Sometimes it feels like you're just reading various streams of consciousness and its comforting. Different levels of story that don't feel forced or unrealistic. A good read that I was annoyed at myself for finishing too quickly. I just wish it kept going.

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