Saturday, June 7, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

A horrible act of violence occurs at the Pirriwee Public School's trivia night fundraiser for parents. In the novel, the reader follows the lives of the parents and children starting six months before that fateful evening. Single mother Jane, and her son Ziggy have just moved to town and are ostracized almost immediately by most of the mothers when Ziggy is tagged as the kindergarten bully. Madeline befriends Jane, yet is going through turmoil in her own family when her teenage daughter, Abigail moves in with her dad, Nathan (Madeline's ex-husband). Madeline also has to face Nathan's seemingly perfect wife, Bonnie every day, since their daughters are in the same kindergarten class. Their friend, Celeste seems to have the perfect life with her wealthy husband, Perry, but she is hiding being the victim of domestic abuse. In Big Little Lies, Moriarty explores the lives of these three women, letting us in on their innermost thoughts and feelings. She does a fabulous job of keeping the reader guessing about the events of parents' night. Also, there was one great shock at the end of the book that had me gasping out loud.  Another page-turning read from Moriarty. It will be published next month.

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