Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Book - 2014 | First American edition.
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Check out the #1  New York Times  bestseller  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, called “a surefire hit" by Entertainment Weekly .
 
Sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
  A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?  
What's indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?
  Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline's youngest ( how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline's teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline's ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn't be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.   New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
  Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.  
Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books, 2014.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780399167065
0399167064
9780399587207
0399587209
Branch Call Number: MOR
General fiction M PBK
Characteristics: 460 pages ;,24 cm

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loonylovesgood Jun 15, 2015

I honestly couldn't put this book down. The story was very gripping (despite the high number of annoying characters). I enjoyed The Husband's Secret as well. I look forward to reading her next book!

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Asian_Cookie May 07, 2015

I love reading dystopian novels but this book was absolutely fantastic and intriguing. It's probably one of the thickest book I've read in a while but it is not a tad bit boring at all. I love how the lives of three women intertwined together. The gossips between the parents was a unique part of ... Read More »


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 24, 2019

When a book gets made into a tv show, I tend to veer away rather than towards reading it. Big mistake in this case. Really well done on a lot of different levels.

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brangwinn
May 19, 2019

I’m not always a fan of books found on the mass paperback bestseller list, but Moriarty pulled me into this complicates story involving parents of a small school. From the very wealthy to a single mom who refuses to tell who the father of her child is, the characters have depth. The ending was surprising.

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hsunseri
May 18, 2019

4.25

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Kristen MERKE
Apr 30, 2019

I really liked this book. Would I read it again? No, I wouldn't, but I think it's a very enjoyable read that almost everyone is certain to like at least a little. At times it's dark and heavy, at times it's light and comical. I never knew the drama of being a kindy mom could be so exciting (and life-threatening). I think this book lets you piece together an event at your own pace, but has enough sub-plots to be engaging.

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Bookworm2228
Mar 12, 2019

5 star read. I read this book for the first time in 2015 and found it a stunning read and I've just finished re-reading it for my book club this month and I haven't changed my opinion of the book. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more the second read. My original review was: "I am so glad I discovered Liane Moriarty's books. This is the third of her books I have read and I found it a stunning read. It begins with an elementary school in a posh beach neighbourhood in Australia. Anyone who has spent any time in a school will recognize the characters. A young boy has been accused of hurting and bullying a little girl. Parents get involved and sides are selected. A lot of gossip and unkindness happens, as it would in real life. But behind the scenes, real lives with real problems are happening and things aren't always as they seem. This was a well written page turner and I plan to read all of her excellent books. "

Cheryl_in_IT Mar 07, 2019

The first few chapters felt insufferable with the superficial, snotty behavior of the "Kindie Moms" that will make up the cast of the book. I didn't think I'd be able to continue with it for more than a couple chapters.

I'm glad I stuck it through. The story settled in, the characters developed some depth, and I loved the excellent audiobook narration. I was not quite as quick as others to figure out who-done-it and who-died, and didn't see a couple twists coming.

As others have pointed out, the story has a central theme of domestic violence. She throws a few other weighty topics into orbit and manages it without creating a book that is too dark or too heavy. There's sweetness and humor to offset the dark. She slips neatly under the skin and rolls back layers of human behavior - the complexity and malleability of our feelings, our perceptions, our justifications to avoid, to move towards, to cling. She deftly weaves the concept of "what we see and the stories we tell ourselves" into the narrative.

Loved it.

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cindywood3
Mar 02, 2019

Really good book!

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KMJ_
Feb 25, 2019

From the start it’s obvious that the plot is leading up to a major event, and Moriarty makes the journey there worth the read. There are some very far-fetched parts of the book, but the characters and their relationships make that easy to overlook. The most interesting part of the book is the friendship between Celeste, Jane, and Madeline. While they are close, and are there for each other, there are huge secrets between them. Despite the fact that they all have children in the same grade, they each are in very different places in their lives

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N_Nye
Feb 24, 2019

This was a great read. You almost get attached to the characters with how much you learn about them. The author kept me hooked - wondering what was going to happen and who it was going to be. So many twists, I was not expecting it. In the end, it was very moving for me.

As long as you don’t mind a long book, I highly recommend it!

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cannotbeheard
Feb 01, 2019

It's hard to know what to say about this book. It was good and I enjoyed it but it was a little longer than needed for the plot it had. I would say they probably could have cut it down to about 180 pages to make it more interesting to the reader. The ending was good and I think I might try to watch the TV show at some point. I think my biggest complaint was having to listen to the caddy problems of women who barely had problems for so long.

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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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Babs56
Jun 27, 2016

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

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