Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

As promised in yesterday's review of Landline, here's my review of Liane Moriarty's newest novel - Big Little Lies.

Big Little Lies is the newest novel by the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Husband's Secret (reviewed here on the blog by Lennis).  As the novel opens, we know one thing... someone is dead.  That is all.

We don't know how the victim is, or how they died, or who might be responsible...

We meet three very different women, all mothers of children in the same kindergarten class.  Each woman has her own, often secret, family struggles:


  • Jane is a young single mother, recently moved to the neighborhood, fleeing her past with her son. 
  • Celeste has the seemingly perfect marriage with the perfect husband and perfect twin boys, but perfection isn't always what it seems...
  • And Madeline is dealing with the fact that her ex-husband's daughter is in the same kindergarten class as her young daughter.

Moriarty deftly switches between the points of view of all three, interspersed with police reports from the other kindergarten parents.  Readers will be on the edge of their seats, wondering if each one could be the victim of this tragic accident (murder?!?!)

As in her earlier novels, Moriarty has a gift for depicting the humor of daily life, while still maintaining the suspense, making this one of the funniest books you'll ever read about murder.

Thanks to the bestseller status, this title already has many, many holds, so put your request in today!

And while you're waiting, check out Moriarty's earlier works, along with the works of authors like Rainbow Rowell and Jojo Moyes.  Liane Moriarty's younger sister Jaclyn Moriarty is also a published author of YA novels written in a similar style.

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