Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Large Print - 2014
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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,, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781410472038
Branch Call Number: LGPRINT FICTION Moriarty Liane
Characteristics: 679 pages (large print) ;,23 cm.
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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?

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Dec 05, 2018

I enjoyed this read very much - it was artfully constructed to keep up suspense, and entertaining and poignant throughout.

Set in a small seaside community in Australia, this book combines the perspectives of three women in the months leading up to a murder at the local elementary school’s parent trivia night. This is a quick moving, suspenseful book that confronts some weighty matters in a way that feels easy to the reader. It is emotionally astute, but the moments of hilarity keep it from being burdensome. A modern take on a whodunit that is definitely worth picking up. (submitted by Julianne.)

Oct 11, 2018

This book definitely surpassed my expectations. Some of the characters I had trouble telling apart, but overall it was a fantastic, catty, super dramatic story and I got sucked right in.

Oct 03, 2018

This book was great. Not what I was expecting at all! The book is set in Australia, unlike the series which I heard was US, but can't wait to watch it either way.

Jul 23, 2018

Wow, I did NOT see that coming. It started out a little slow in the beginning but was sooo good! I spent the whole book trying to piece together clues to "who died" and "who did it" and I was shocked in the end. Great book! I need to go watch the series now :)

Jun 16, 2018

Boy, this author sure laid it on thick when it comes to women and their behaviours as mothers (making women look like idiots). Although I read it to the end, I was bored pretty quickly; sort of cartoon characters and very predictable. I figured out what Jane was doing there early on. The only reason why I read it was because I knew HBO was doing a mini-series on the book and I figured it must be terrific but after reading the novel, I doubt I'd watch the series.

May 14, 2018

It was a good read, but predicable. I guessed who got killed about halfway through the book, and it had a bit of a Hollywood ending. The relationship between the three women was great, and I found myself relating to each one at different times.

This for me was Lianne Moriarty at her best. I had seen the HBO show first and wanted to see how the book had been adapted. It was interesting to me how some characters were blended or not included to make the story more streamlined for TV. I was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book even though I knew the ending.

Apr 03, 2018

An interesting book that made you reading nonstop. Life is a drama, and this book tells us that no matter big or little lies, they will be exposed under the sun sooner or later.

Feb 25, 2018

She kept me guessing until the end--who died, who did it, and why. Funny, thoughtful and overall entertaining.

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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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