Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty (2014)

aka Little Lies

Three friends, each so different from the other, form a strong bond. Madeline is very catty and blunt but with a great sense of humour. Celeste is stop-traffic beautiful with a seemingly perfect life - she's got everything a person can dream of. Finally, there's Jane, a waif-like single mother, for whom self confidence is evasive. Everyone is struggling with their own secrets and it's all about the power "on the playground". When the secrets start coming out, lives begin to unravel and nothing will ever be the same. What can I say, this book was brilliant! The author paints a picture of the citizens of the beachside community that is larger than life and the characters will stay with you. I can't recommend it enough! (KARM)

Sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal, in Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies (published as Little Lies in the UK). The summary says: "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. She's just turned forty--forty?! 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. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive." Big LIttle Lies is out in July 2014.

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