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 : published by G.P. Putnam's Sons a member of Penguin Group (USA), ©2014.
ISBN: 9780399167065
9780425274866
9780399587191
Characteristics: 460 pages ;,24 cm.

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alyshavictoriaann
Nov 27, 2019

Fun to read. It's like the grown-up version of Pretty Little Liars. 3/5

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mdlong418
Oct 30, 2019

Great read!

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miketany
Oct 24, 2019

I thought this book was a roller coaster of a read. It went to typical drama between families to a murder because of a rape scandal with a man named Saxon Banks. I think that this book is quite boring, actually, as it does not really catch your attention until you reach near the end. I think that the way the author wrote this did not really hook me because of the lack of action near the start because of the generic type of thoughts and activities of adults in the early stages of parenthood. I did like the way that the characters were planned out, as them hating and liking each other made sense not just because of the reason, but because of their personalities and traits.

Overall, I would rate this book a 7/10 because of the lack of thought put into writing intriguing things in the start of the book, which is rather interesting as the end of the book was very hooking and it really did not use much of the potential to increase the tension at the start of the book. I think that this book did not use it’s full potential and turned a drama into a book which was riveting only near the end.

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mkb23
Sep 08, 2019

I so enjoyed this book! Now I'll move on to the tv show. Easy read, fun and some good shocks!

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Brendablau
Jul 28, 2019

If you haven't read the book then be sure to catch the HBO series. Absolutely fabulous and with the addition of Meryl Streep the excitement builds.

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nwobosi
Jun 30, 2019

This book was selected for my book club and I really enjoyed it! Once I got past the "parent drama" at the beginning, I couldn't put it down. The characters were interesting and the plot was gripping. I can't wait to watch the TV show!

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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Kristen MERKE
Apr 30, 2019

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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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