Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Large Print - 20140
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale Cengage Learning, ©20140
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410472038
1410472035
Characteristics: 679 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
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GKL10101
Feb 21, 2018

Technically a mystery, I guess, although the characters and setting are really the stars. It's a small community and everyone's in everyone's business, often in petty ways. It would be a nightmare to live in, but I still really enjoyed reading it.

Then we get into the secrets that individuals were concealing despite the nosiness of neighbors. The scenes of abuse, and particularly how people cover it up and justify it to themselves, were hard to read but excellent.

Things wrapped up a bit too neatly for my taste, but a quite good read overall.

shokolit Feb 17, 2018

Its one of those books that once you (well me :-) ) start reading them, you find it very difficult to put them down. The story introduces friendship of three main characters, who seemingly lead very different lives. However, what seems to be, is actually quite different that what lies beneath the surface.
I enjoyed the book very much, and looking forward to reading more of Moriatry's novels .

LoganLib_LisaH Feb 08, 2018

I really enjoyed this book, especially the climax. Did not see that coming! I loved the mini-series also.

JCLLizW Feb 07, 2018

The characters in this book (especially the women) are so well-written and the way Moriarty delivers the story is so perfect to the setting. The author gathers several different perspectives to piece together this tale of crime in a rich, Australian suburb. I did not think the ending was predictable and I'm the kind of paranoid reader who suspects everyone. Despite the large number of pages, you'll get through this book pretty quickly since every answer is followed by a new question.

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fadzie
Feb 04, 2018

The usual Liane Moriarty - very light, very entertaining, with a bit of twist at the end. Easy read - have to watch the TV series.

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nawchem
Jan 20, 2018

This is my kind of book. It starts out like a superficial chick story, but then it grabs you and pulls you in with the several ongoing mysteries. The last page made me surprisingly tear up.

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.

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Evka2303
Dec 04, 2017

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

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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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