Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

eBook - 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 :, Amy Einhorn Books, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014
ISBN: 9780698138636
0698138635
Characteristics: 1 online resource (460 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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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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diannehildebrand
Dec 03, 2017

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

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mslighthearted
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!

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lachmik
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.

You can see my full review at: https://bookswehaveread.com/2017/11/12/big-little-lies/

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.

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Bear0914
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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readingthewater
Sep 19, 2017

I can say that this book is a page turner. Jane is the most sympathetic character, followed by Ed. And while the book takes place in Australia the reader gets no feel for the setting at all out side of the occasional, "g'day Mate."

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Crystal_37
Sep 05, 2017

This is a book with many characters, but my favourite character is Jane and she is a really good mum. I enjoy to read novel.

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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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