Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Book - 2014
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"Follows three mothers, each at a crossroads, and their potential involvement in a riot at a school trivia night that leaves one parent dead in what appears to be a tragic accident, but which evidence shows might have been premeditated."
Publisher: New York :, G.P. Putnam's Sons,, 2014
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780399167065
Characteristics: 460 pages ; 24 cm


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WPLBookClub Sep 03, 2017

The Whistler Public Library and Armchair Books Community Book Club read "Big Little Lies" in July 2017. This novel surprised many of us; it was chosen as our "light summer read", but it has surprising depth and handles some serious subject matter very well. Much like the TV se... Read More »

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vm510 Jan 11, 2018

This was such a compulsive book. I loved the characters and how they view motherhood, marriage, and their lives as modern women. If you haven't watch the show yet I suggest
reading the book before watching the show. The show was a bit more subtle and lush, but there are some reveals that are most enjoyable the first time around while reading.

K_ROK Jan 08, 2018

I thought the story was very good. Lots of different themes that were addressed. This is exactly what I call 'Suburban fiction'. Very entertaining and worth the read.

AL_ANNAL Dec 14, 2017

"Kirkus" describes this bestseller as "darkly comic," a wonderful combination and beautifully carried out. The characters are likable and flawed in ways I recognized and loved as portrayed here.

Dec 04, 2017

Great book, the kind that you finish in one weekend!

Dec 03, 2017

Suspense on every page. So much sympathy developed for a wide range of characters. A rollicking read.

Nov 15, 2017

I didn't expect to like this. I'm surprised I liked this. (I'm even a little embarrassed that I liked this.)

I like a light read as much as the next person but am usually wont to find one that has any substance at all. Big Little Lies is it!

This book will be my guilty little pleasure of 2017.

In 460 pages you've got secrets, sexual assault, bullying, motherhood, friendship, and murder (or was it?!) This book won't win the Pulitzer prize for fiction but it did manage to keep me interested for over 450 pages. Was it predictable? Sure, at times. (I was able to figure out the ending.) Was it worth the read? Most certainly!

Nov 13, 2017

The book was not a literary tour de force by any means, but it had all the ingredients to make the brilliant TV adaptation that aired on HBO some time ago.

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This book was so entertaining. The characters are spunky and relatable, the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat, and you learn just how much drama there can be in the carpool. The book is set in Australia, in a town by the sea, at a school where the main character's children are all starting kindergarten. The drama starts on orientation day, and escalates from the children, to the parents, and to... a death. But you'll have to sort through a whole bunch of big, little lies to get to the truth.

Oct 17, 2017

I thought it was an easy read and I can see why it would be a great premise for an HBO mini series. what's not to love? mystery! vibrant characters! school yard drama that most parents can relate to!
It's a page turner and a fun way to enjoy a cup of tea with a book :)

a great fun easy book to read! i felt the narrative of the book was unique and refreshing.
I was pleasantly surprised as this book was a page turner. Wanted to know who the victim was and what had happened. i was surprised at the end! Looking forward to watching the TV series.

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SPL_Brittany Apr 18, 2016

A murder ... a tragic accident...or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead, but who is responsible?

This novel jumps back and forth between the events leading up to, and following a suspicious death at the Pirriwee Public School parent body trivia night. It focuses on three mothers, each at a crossroad in their lives, whose children attend the same school. Madeline is a woman who remembers everything and forgives no one, is struggling to come to terms with a defiant teenage daughter who prefers to be with her ex-husband and his yogi wife. Celeste is a stunningly beautiful mother of twin mischievous boys is married to a hedge fund husband; to all appearances they are set to be the next king and queen of the parent body. Then there is, new-to-town single mom Jane who has concerns about her son is taken under the wing of Madeline and Celeste. When an incident occurs at school involving Jane’s son, drama inevitably ensues.

Liane Moriarty writes a fast paced and engrossing novel filled with suspense and a splash of witty and humorous dialog, surrounded by a wonderful cast of characters who are both flawed and relatable. Her story showcases the effects of school yard gossip, where appearances can be deceiving and you never really know what someone else is going through or what secrets they are keeping. Sometimes it is the little lies that we tell ourselves that can turn out to be the most lethal.

Despite the size of this book, it will have you reading late until the night.

To be made into HBO series in 2016.


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Jun 27, 2016

Jane just wanted "a life that worked." Don't we all!

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