Big Little Lies (movie Tie-in) by Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies (movie Tie-in) by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies (movie Tie-in)

byLiane Moriarty

Paperback | February 7, 2017

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From the author of Nine Perfect StrangersTruly Madly Guilty, and The Husband’s Secret comes the #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Three Wishes, Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and What Alice Forgot. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children. Visit the author online at
Title:Big Little Lies (movie Tie-in)Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:512 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.1 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 4.19 × 1.1 inPublished:February 7, 2017Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0399587209

ISBN - 13:9780399587207


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I could not put this book down, finished it in 3 days!
Date published: 2019-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I couldn’t put it down and ended up reading it in two days! Sooooo intense and a great read!
Date published: 2019-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book It was hard to get into but once you get into it, it is so good!!! Very intense, twists in the plot, great character development, and easy to follow, as the detail is very clear. Great read!!! Now you can watching the TV series too, it is just as good!!
Date published: 2019-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense! I found it very intriguing right from the start; with the interviews at the beginning/end of each chapter, it really creates suspense. And the characters are very well written and gave me a clear image of what was going on. Great story line,character development, a few twists and a great ending. I was very excited to watch the series afterwards, to see how they portrayed the story over several episodes. Not as good as the book, but still good.
Date published: 2018-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I enjoyed reading this. The show is great as well.
Date published: 2018-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book and didn't want it to end! What a fabulous book for the summer! I loved the characters and felt like I was in the story with them. Great read.
Date published: 2018-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Another great book I couldn't put down. Twists and turns, great characters and well written.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved reading it! I was hooked and flew through it!
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fun read! A book about violence, murder, and broken families. But it was filled with humour and written in such a light-hearted manner. Finished this book in less than 4 days. Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read Thankfully I read the book before the 6 part series came out. I think the author is very talented in how she kept us in the dark until almost the end. Book was great.. could not put it down. Author is brilliant in how she explains the abuse and how it all ties in. Sick twists and shocking revelations. Awesome book.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Amazing! This piece is the best book I've read all year! I literally shrieked at some of the twists toward the end. Big Little Lies is quite similar to the television show Desperate Housewives; vivid characters, captivating dialogue, with regular - and shocking - family drama. The way the book is written, you have no idea who dies, but you know someone does.  Every character is given such dimension, that they seem to real - making you attached. I truly felt for Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. I wanted to comfort and gossip with them! I believe this is the dynamic that makes BLL a 5/5. Without the backgrounds of Jane and Celeste, paired with Madeline's feisty attitude, the book would not be what it is. If you're looking for a quick, exciting read, this one is for you!  As a side note, I feel as though the way Liane Moriarty explores the forms of abuse is breathtakingly honest and raw. 
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scarily Realistic What I LOVED the most about Big Little Lies was how real the characters were; how the parents and children could easily be a part of my own family. What SCARED me the most about Big Little Lies was how real the characters were; how the terrifying scenarios that played out could have easily happened to anyone in my own family. Not only does this book give me the satisfaction of trying to solve a mystery before the characters even can, but this book opened my eyes to a reality that affects way too many people in this world. This novel is this novel a must-read, and the HBO series is a must watch! But of course, only after you've read the book ;) #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read This is a great read. You can zip through it in no time. While still surprising, I found the ending a bit abrupt. It's suspenseful and entertaining. You can't go wrong.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Captivating Read. I zoomed through this book in 24H - could not put it down! It was well written, intelligent, and yet still an enjoyable/easy read. The characters are well thought out, and you're captivated until the end. Can't wait to get into the show!
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must Read Cannot say enough good things about this author. If you haven't checked out her books yet, don't wait! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! This novel is fantastically done. It is light-hearted yet talks about very serious issues and murder. I found the way she weaved all the themes together so masterfully made it such an enjoyable read! Definitely a page turner than had me needing to know what was going on. You definitely get attached to characters in this novel, they are a wonderful collection of characters, and will fall even more in love when you see them on screen, if you choose to watch the tv show.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A light-hearted mystery You are introduced to a bunch of couples and their offspring(s) in the beginning of the novel. This may sound kind of silly but it took me a while to get the hang of all their names.. However, I did find the novel more enjoyable after I finally got a clearer picture of all the characters and their relations, and it became a page turner to me after that! I loved the twist at the end and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a light-hearted mystery with some humor.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Loved this book. I didn't see the twist at the end coming at all!
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great read A very interesting story, some parts are a little drawn out but overall a great read. Unexpected twist at the end! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Such an amazing novel! I was kept guessing for the entire novel and found I could never put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Skip it and watch the show instead I started watching the show and then picked up the book instead after not being able to get into The Husband's Secret. Things are a bit slow in this one as well, but it does end with a bang. I think she got lucky with this one
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me interested Big fan of her writing...This book kept me interested and guessing! Can't wait to watch the tv show!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies I read this book before watching the tv show and it was amazing, really strong characters and an exciting plot
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! I bought this book based on the reviews the show got, as I'm into reading the book before watching an adaptation, and I am so glad I did. I thought it was a wonderful book and each woman had her own unique character. It brought me thinking to different issues like sexual assault and domestic violence, and to how I would react. Overall I would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend this book Loved reading this book. I also watched the series afterwards, and I loved it, even though I liked the book more, as usual :) I just recommended this book to a friend this week!
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down! love this author, really great writing, addictive storyline!
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I really liked this book. I love Liane Moriarty's writing style. Can't wait to watch the series.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who Did It? As a person who does not like a mystery i enjoyed this book. It had me engaged the whole time and i could barley put it down.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from DNF I think I might have to watch the series and then try this again because as of right now, I'm totally bored with rich, white women complaining about their lives and gossiping about the lives of others. I hear the HBO show is wonderful, so that may make me want to finish this one... it's a DID NOT FINISH, at the moment.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Really enjoyed the book, which I read after the watching the series last year.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book definitely kept me interested and reading. It was a good mystery story with unique characters that were enjoyable to read about.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow even better than the serie Liane Moriarty books!!!, love this author , subject are real, touching and perfect chick lit for my generation 30-40!!
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it! I loved this book. It was a great read and I just wanted to keep reading it. I have recommended it to several people already.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read! Got this as a gift and I wasn't sure about it because I did not enjoy a prevoious book by the same author. However, I absolutely loved this book! This was a huge page turner for me. An amazing story that kept me wanting to keep reading more and more. Would highly recommend this. Already recommended it to a friend who is reading it now.
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely Recommend! This book had me hooked from the first chapter. I couldn't put it down. I loved the structure of the who-dunnit because I've never seen anything like it before. I would definitely recommend this book and i would suggest reading it before watching the TV series (which is good, just not as good). =)
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loveeeee Definite page turner!!! The movie doesn't do justice to the book though
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend! I had wanted to read this for a while, but when I saw a commercial for the television series I knew I had to get my hands on a copy ASAP! It grasped me immediately, and I felt like I was right there with the characters feeling what they were feeling in the heat of the moment. I loved some of them, and hated some of them; and felt myself getting emotionally invested in them. I have recommended this book to so many of my friends and they have all loved it! I read it in a few days, and was so sad when it was over.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Really liked this book!! I would definitely recommend it, great read!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is my favorite read by this author. The book was both funny and emotional (as a teacher I found the community exerpts hilarious). I also found myself easily able to relate to the characters, despite the fact that they live a pretty luxurious life.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book Just finished reading this & loved it. This book is my first Liane Moriarty book. Definitely recommend it. Now I can hardly wait to watch the TV series based on the book.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ Loved this book, the characters and the story. I couldn't put it down. A Must Read!! hen watch the mini series :)
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book I was first introduced to the story of Big Little Lies via the HBO series, which I automatically loved. I didn't even know it was a novel until half way through binge watching the show, so I decided to pick up the book immediately after I finished. Despite the fact that I prefer reading the book before seeing another adaptation I just needed more of this story - Moriarty did not let me down as the book gave even more in depth character analysis and some added plot that was left out of the show. I really enjoyed how the book was divided into short chapters of varying perspectives that all lead to the climax. Yet, I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed with how the book ended when compared with the show (though I recognize having watched the show first, I have a bias). Moriarty has definitely become an author to look out for on my list and I really am excited to read more of her books! I would highly recommend others to discover this author as well.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great My first book from this author. Great storyline and characters.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Loved this book. Could not put it down. Great story line, awesome characters and I love the authors way of writing. Will be reading all her books!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it!!! This book kept me guessing until the very end. Loved the main characters.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! Given to me as a gift at a time when I thought I had no time to read. I read a few chapters to treat myself one night and then kept reading! Love the layout and presentation of the book as it keeps you guessing as to who murdered who. The characters are developed in depth and are believable with both flaws and their lovable parts. More human. Great read!
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable This book surprised me. I didn't except to like it as much as I did. The characters are very interesting and the story is really well put together.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favorite little book! This is my new favorite little book which just got better because of the mini-series! The characters are so fresh and so different from a typical novel. The story and the themes are not new but are treated with great care and leave the reader with a lot to think about!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! I loved the humor in it and at first laughed at the stereotypical suburban parents. And then I loved how the author went deeper into each character so you could understand and relate to every character, and the characters surprised you. It was wonderfully written and made you not want to put it down until you got to the end.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Kept me guessing until the end! Looking forward to diving into more of Moriarty's works!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Really enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome To be honest I read this book so I could watch the show. I wasn't sure what to expect. This book seemed very mundane for the first few hundred pages, but in the best way. It was so simple. Once that twist at the end came I had to physically put the book down because I was so thrown off. So good!!
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow start BUT great end! Really, prepare yourself it is a dreadfully slow start. But once you get into it you realize why and you need to know what happens. The ending will not disappoint.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Okay Book I unfortunately watched the show before I read the book, and I found the show better
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Decided to read the book before watching the show and I loved it! I couldn't put it down, it was funny, charming easy to read and easy to follow. I would def recommend this for a friend.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Really enjoyed this book. Started to watch the series, but decided to read the book first and I'm glad that I did!
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Home run of a book Really enjoyed this book. There's a pull in this book that keeps you hooked throughout. This was my first Moriarty book and I've read a few since. Nothing has compared sadly.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, Easy Read I did enjoy this book and am glad I chose to read it before watching the mini series. I was engaged the whole way through, and did not actually know how it would end. I was left wanting a little more for some reason, but perhaps a second book would address this. I did like it and believe it is on par with The Girl On The Train and The Widow.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fun read! I loved the story and the characters. It gave me "Desperate Housewives" vibes. The twist was very predictable, as others have mentioned, but I still enjoyed this very much.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad It was a decent story and the characters were mostly enjoyable, I just think the big twist was predictable...
Date published: 2018-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best This was one of the best books I've read in the past 5 years! I loved the intense mystery surrounding the 3 main characters, and wish there was a sequel! Haven't watched the show yet, but I hope it keeps pace with the book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Was an awesome beach read. Liked it a lot more than the show.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing really excited about this book! loved the show.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved This! A great read. Moriarty did a fantastic job ensuring ALL of the characters will well-explained and described... I almost felt as if I were right in the story line myself! A must-read for sure!
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! i loved the way it was written, through different perspectives and that it jumped between pre and post murder and memories, and that you received hints about the murderer through the detective interviews. a page turner.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book! she does a great job at making sure we know each character very well, definitely a book i couldn't put down and the end was just amazing!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book so much! This book just took my breath away. It was funny and witty and very entertaining
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book I just finished this book a few minutes ago, and immediately came here to first review it, and then buy every other book Liane Moriarty has written. It was phenomenal. The twists and turns, the characters, the build-up to the ending...honestly, it was a truly amazing book, I highly recommend, and will be watching the tv show.
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read! I watched the TV show and loved it, so decided to get the book and give it a go. As a general rule I find that books are better than their on-screen counterparts, but I don't know if I can say the same for this title. The book was very engaging and definitely a page turner, however I think I preferred the TV series, though both are excellent. There are some slight variations between the book and the TV series, one of them being that the book is set in Australia as opposed to California in the TV series, and being Australian that was a nice surprise! A must-read I think!
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! Before reading this book, I was expecting a nice, easy read with a little bit of a mystery... after reading it, I feel like I learned something about the world because of this book. It was truly great. Can't wait to watch the show!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vaca Read If you read this book then you must watch the show after. This is a fun read, nothing too challenging. Will keep you hooked.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So glad I read this I saw the amount of hype the show was getting, but decided to read the book first before I got into the show (which I'm glad I did!). This book was very entertaining, fast paced, and full of drama.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read This was a fun read - it was very easy to get through quickly because I needed to know what happened so it made it hard to put down. I loved the writing style. Would definitely recommend the book over the show :)
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two thumbs WAY way up ! Many books have ongoing stories that you can get lost or confused in and, often, they get forgotten about by the end, without good closure. Opposite in this case, they're all good and all keep you interested because they are all so important to you. Couldn't put it down - words can't describe all the different emotions you can feel within seconds of each other.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Love this story and the character drama
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My New Favourite Author! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. The twist caught me off guard which doesn't happen that often. Each character was relatable and real.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Chill Weekend/Evening Book I originally bought the audio book but loved it so much (at only halfway through), I bought the paperback for my mom. I could see this book at a book club...if only to vent about your own marriage. ;) The show was good..but the book (and audio book) are 10x better.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner A nice mix of humour and suspense. I was excited to continue reading to see how this one would end.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I have read in a long time I bought this after seeing all the hype surrounding the show and wanted to read the book first. I loved every minute of both! It did take a little bit to get into, but once i was in i was HOOKED
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect summer read Great blend of mystery, humour and scandal. Take this one to the beach!
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from true plot twist its an easy read, sometimes light and funny others very dark. thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the ending wow.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Took a little bit to get into reading it but once I did it was another good read.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Great, easy read. I was skeptical about the layout of the book but it really did make it that much more entertaining to read. I finished in less than two days since it was such a fun book and was eager to find out the big mystery.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just ok. I found the book to have a slow rise and rushed ending. Not the worst read but I was able to put the book down and do something else.
Date published: 2017-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not that good I found the book to be quite long....I loved the twist at the end of the book but didn't find this book to be a good summer read. I can't wait for the movie tho! I think the book has a lot of potential to make a great serie!
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Beach Read! This was an excellent read perfect for summer trips to the beach or Sunday reading! Moriarty's writing style is clear and easy to read, and she explores topics that are incredibly relatable. She adds plot twists that keep it incredibly interesting - I can't wait to read more of her novels!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Summer Read I picked up this book after seeing that there was a HBO series of it. Thought I'd read before watching it. Loved the book, great summer read. Finished it in less than a week. Authors writing style is excellent. I really couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I picked this book up on a recommendation but I had serious doubts. The story line seemed ridiculous (and somewhat it was as I am not into that drama stuff) However, loved the authors way of writing and I could not put the book down.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Loved the book, funny, smart and very enjoyable!!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!!! The characters are excellent, and the story is gripping. I read this over 2 days, and could not put it down. Even if you have watched the TV show, trust me, read it. If you read it and love it, i would recommend The Husband`s Secret next.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A real page-turner! I wanted to read the book before watching the HBO adaptation, and I am happy I did. Once I got started, I could not stop!
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! An interesting read from the first page. Once I started reading it was difficult to stop. Definitely a recommended read
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it hilarious and dark all at once everyone needs to read this
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from surprising I just finished reading this book and it was so worth the read . I thoroughly enjoyed right to the end and was very surprised. Enjoy the read.
Date published: 2017-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I was surprised I didn't enjoy this book considering every one else has loved it!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I didn't know what to expect but it was worth the read! The characters kept my attention and I enjoyed the twist at the end. Suspenseful and humourous, it was very enjoyable. The HBO series was great as well!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could NOT put it down Haven't read proper fiction in years, and I became addicted to this book! Read it in a couple days every chance I could. Great story, light story, easy to read, and addicting story lines. The HBO show did not do the book justice!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book caught my attention immediately and I couldn't put it down! Great, easy read. I can't wait to read Truly Madly Deeply!
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Once the story establishes the characters, it picks up quickly. Even if you can guess the ending, it's still a fun ride. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies An interesting read about three moms and the betrayal and secrets that come with them.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This book caught my attention immediately and I couldn't put it down! Good, easy read.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! It took me at least 70 pages to really get into the story but once i was hooked i was hooked. Lots of twists. Some you'll see coming but lots will surprise you.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read Great story and characters. Easy page-turning read.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty This one was 480 pgs. that read like less than 300. I was thoroughly captivated, found this to be brilliant in plot, structure and tone. Gulped it right down.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I flew through this book, I absolutely loved it. I would definitely look into buying more from this author. Ed is my favourite character.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Very easy to follow! Read before you watch the TV show!!
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright book was a good first time read great story and characters enjoyed the series
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pages flip themselves, I swear! A super quick and easy read - these are so nice sometimes!
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read A pretty good storyline. Easy to read and kept me engaged and wanting to read it all in one go.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read It was an easy read, something I'd recommend to someone who is looking for a book to read while lounging at the beach
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining beach read Lively and light, some mystery and interesting characters and situations, but an enjoyable easy read.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Excellent read for a lazy day.
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Summer Read This book was a good read. The mystery was written in an interesting format. I was hooked and worked through it quickly. A nice read for at the beach/cabin this summer!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good easy read I liked this book, easy to read, and hard to put down once I got near the end. It touched on some hard topics but it didn't feel like a heavy dark thriller... Still enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazed by the book I read this book in one day. I had heard amazing buzz about the story and loved it completely. The story is complex, and loved the way the author told the story. Amazing would recommend!
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Everyone should read this novel, it has suspense, mystery and drama. I would recommend this novel.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, Quick Read Once you start it's hard to put down! Interesting characters, good pace, and a nice easy summer read. The book is peppered with clues that help to build suspense right until the end.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising This book was a good read, but not one that I couldn't put down... until the last 1/4!
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy Read Found this to be an easy and good read but it was quite predictable.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I really enjoyed the book so much more than the HBO series. We find out right at the beginning of the book that there has been a tragic death. The question is who died? Who is responsible? We are given hints through eye witness accounts and these were by far my favorite parts of the novel. There is loads of suspense and I never saw that plot twist coming!
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great book especially if you want a novel that is an easy yet suspenseful read. I enjoyed it and now I want to watch the TV series to see how it compares. Great price too!
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Keeps you in suspense! This was such a great read- it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, and has such shocking twists!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book Not something I would normally be in to but I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I bought this before it was turned into a show and absolutely loved the characters. The suspense is well done, and it keeps you guessing.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Sex, love, and a murder mystery! Such a good summer read - that you should read any time of the year!
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining but predictable. This book was predictable but an easy and entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Easy Read A very easy read. You can visualize the characters and the ending is slightly unexpected. Not the greatest book but definitely not the worst
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read While I thought the TV show did a better job of illustrating the multidimensionality of the characters, the book was a bit more satisfying.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so entertaining! such a good entertaining read from the perspective of the three main characters and side conversations of the police investigation. can't wait to watch the show!
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sooooo good! Terrific, nice mix of comedy and thirlls
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yes! Another good one. This author keeps you engaged and wanting more
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoy the book I thought this book was really entertaining. Very quick moving and enjoyable. It is worth the read.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I haven't seen the show yet so I went into this not really knowing what was going to happen. I was not disappointed. I loved this book. Kept me guessing till the end.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! These days I need a book that captures my attention from the start. It took awhile for the story itself to grab me but the intricacies of the characters had my attention from the first chapter. Loved the twist at the end and the solidarity showcased between the characters with all different stories.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down! Amazing read. So different from anything else. I wish there was a second book to come.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Love this book from the first page. Amazing and strong female characters. Great read...could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes Yes Yes! Liane Moriarty has yet to disappoint me! I have read everything she has written and have yet to come across a book I don't like. I hope she continues to write more and more.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this What a moment of joy, reading this book!!! I just loved it so much!!! I just loved Madeline and Jane!!! Fun fun fun!!!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good quick read Perfect book if you want a mindless quick read. Great twist that you do not see coming
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! After the tv series blew my mind, I had to read the book. Absolutely amazing. I can't put together words to describe how much I love her writing and character development and plotline. It's superb.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Twist! I absolutely loved this book. I did not see the twist at the end happening at all. I really enjoy how the book and television show line right up! I look forward to other reads from this author.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so fun to read! such a fun book to pick up and not put down until finished! loved it
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sexy! LOVED this TV series. Sorry I didn't read the book beforehand. Will have to read other books by this author.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good I found the ending a little rushed and wrapped up a little quickly but it was still good. looking forward to watching the series
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book!!!!!! I saw that this book was becoming a TV show so I decided to read it before watching the show. Such an amazing book! I loved every minute of it! Kept me thinking the whole time. I just bought 2 more books by Liane and can't wait to read them! Now onto the TV show!
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing!!! The plot is amazing, did not expect that at alll
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FUN This book was such a FUN read!! And it's a quick read too! You won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I purchased the book on a Friday and spent the entire weekend glued to the pages. The book keeps you on your toes the whole way through, and has you guessing at how it end. Recommended it to all of my friends!
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This book was such an awesome read, I finished it in 2 days because you just NEED to know what happened!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twisted! A book that surprises you along the way and right to the end....twisted!
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I really enjoyed this book! the characters were interesting and the story was mysterious and fun!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! A must have for any library.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a week ago, and I am glad I did. This book is a real page turner! If you are looking for a light read that has a bit of everything, this is it!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Every book this author has written is excellent. I have yet to read her newest one but that will happen soon. All of her characters are real, the books make you laugh, cry, empathize and get angry. This book kept me guessing and I absolutely loved it. Thanks Liane!
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining! I have truly enjoyed reading this book. Very well written and captivating.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! loved it, can't wait to watch the HBO series! :)
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE One of the best books I've ever read!! A must-read... especially before watching the show! ;)
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing this book was fantastic. its a great read especially for parents going through similar things with your kids.
Date published: 2017-03-24

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1.That doesn’t sound like a school trivia night,” said Mrs. PattyPonder to Marie Antoinette. “That sounds like a riot.”The cat didn’t respond. She was dozing on the couch and found school trivia nights to be trivial.“Not interested, eh? Let them eat cake! Is that what you’re thinking? They do eat a lot of cake, don’t they? All those cake stalls. Goodness me. Although I don’t think any of the mothers ever actually eat them. They’re all so sleek and skinny, aren’t they? Like you.”Marie Antoinette sneered at the compliment. The “let them eat cake” thing had grown old a long time ago, and she’d recently heard one of Mrs. Ponder’s grandchildren say it was meant to be “let them eat brioche” and also that Marie Antoinette never said it in the first place.Mrs. Ponder picked up her television remote and turned down the volume on Dancing with the Stars. She’d turned it up loud earlier because of the sound of the heavy rain, but the downpour had eased now.She could hear people shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the quiet, cold night air. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs. Ponder to hear, as if all that rage were directed at her. (Mrs. Ponder had grown up with an angry mother.)“Goodness me. Do you think they’re arguing over the capital of Guatemala? Do you know the capital of Guatemala? No? I don’t either. We should Google it. Don’t sneer at me.”Marie Antoinette sniffed.“Let’s go see what’s going on,” said Mrs. Ponder briskly. She was feeling nervous and therefore behaving briskly in front of the cat, the same way she’d once done with her children when her husband was away and there were strange noises in the night.Mrs. Ponder heaved herself up with the help of her walker. Marie Antoinette slid her slippery body comfortingly in between Mrs. Ponder’s legs (she wasn’t falling for the brisk act) as she pushed the walker down the hallway to the back of the house.Her sewing room looked straight out onto the school yard of Pirriwee Public.“Mum, are you mad? You can’t live this close to a primary school,” her daughter had said when she was first looking at buying the house.But Mrs. Ponder loved to hear the crazy babble of children’s voices at intervals throughout the day, and she no longer drove, so she couldn’t care less that the street was jammed with those giant, truck-like cars they all drove these days, with women in big sun- glasses leaning across their steering wheels to call out terribly urgent information about Harriett’s ballet and Charlie’s speech therapy.Mothers took their mothering so seriously now. Their frantic little faces. Their busy little bottoms strutting into the school in their tight gym gear. Ponytails swinging. Eyes fixed on the mobile phones held in the palms of their hands like compasses. It made Mrs. Ponder laugh. Fondly though. Her three daughters, although older, were exactly the same. And they were all so pretty.“How are you this morning?” she always called out if she was on the front porch with a cup of tea or watering the front garden as they went by.“Busy, Mrs. Ponder! Frantic!” they always called back, trot- ting along, yanking their children’s arms. They were pleasant and friendly and just a touch condescending because they couldn’t help it. She was so old! They were so busy!The fathers, and there were more and more of them doing the school run these days, were different. They rarely hurried, strolling past with a measured casualness. No big deal. All under control. That was the message. Mrs. Ponder chuckled fondly at them too.But now it seemed the Pirriwee Public parents were misbehaving. She got to the window and pushed aside the lace curtain. The school had recently paid for a window guard after a cricket ball had smashed the glass and nearly knocked out Marie Antoinette. (A group of Year 3 boys had given her a hand-painted apology card, which she kept on her fridge.)There was a two-story sandstone building on the other side of the playground with an event room on the second level and a big balcony with ocean views. Mrs. Ponder had been there for a few functions: a talk by a local historian, a lunch hosted by the Friends of the Library. It was quite a beautiful room. Sometimes ex-students had their wedding receptions there. That’s where they’d be having the school trivia night. They were raising funds for SMART Boards, whatever they were. Mrs. Ponder had been invited as a matter of course. Her proximity to the school gave her a funny sort of honorary status, even though she’d never had a child or grandchild attend. She’d said no thank you to the school trivia night invitation. She thought school events without the children in attendance were pointless.The children had their weekly school assembly in the same room. Each Friday morning, Mrs. Ponder set herself up in the sewing room with a cup of English Breakfast and a ginger-nut biscuit. The sound of the children singing f loating down from the second floor of the building always made her weep. She’d never believed in God, except when she heard children singing.There was no singing now.Mrs. Ponder could hear a lot of bad language. She wasn’t a prude about bad language—her eldest daughter swore like a trooper—but it was upsetting and disconcerting to hear someone maniacally screaming that particular four-letter word in a place that was normally filled with childish laughter and shouts.“Are you all drunk?” she said.Her rain-splattered window was at eye level with the entrance doors to the building, and suddenly people began to spill out. Security lights illuminated the paved area around the entrance like a stage set for a play. Clouds of mist added to the effect.It was a strange sight.The parents at Pirriwee Public had a baff ling fondness for costume parties. It wasn’t enough that they should have an ordinary trivia night; she knew from the invitation that some bright spark had decided to make it an “Audrey and Elvis” trivia night, which meant that the women all had to dress up as Audrey Hepburn and the men had to dress up as Elvis Presley. (That was another reason Mrs. Ponder had turned down the invitation. She’d always abhorred costume parties.) It seemed that the most popular rendition of Audrey Hepburn was the Breakfast at Tiffany’s look. All the women were wearing long black dresses, white gloves and pearl chokers. Meanwhile, the men had mostly chosen to pay tribute to the Elvis of the latter years. They were all wearing shiny white jumpsuits, glittery gemstones and plunging necklines. The women looked lovely. The poor men looked perfectly ridiculous.As Mrs. Ponder watched, one Elvis punched another across the jaw. He staggered back into an Audrey. Two Elvises grabbed him from behind and pulled him away. An Audrey buried her face in her hands and turned aside, as though she couldn’t bear to watch. Someone shouted, “Stop this!”Indeed. What would your beautiful children think?“Should I call the police?” wondered Mrs. Ponder out loud, but then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman on the balcony began to scream and scream.Gabrielle: It wasn’t like it was just the mothers, you know. It wouldn’t have happened without the dads. I guess it started with the mothers. We were the main players, so to speak. The mums. I can’t stand the word “mum.” It’s a frumpy word. “Mom” is better. With an o. It sounds skinnier. We should change to the American spelling. I have body-image issues, by the way. Who doesn’t, right?Bonnie: It was all just a terrible misunderstanding. People’s feelings got hurt, and then everything just spiraled out of control. The way it does. All conf lict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think? Divorce. World wars. Legal action. Well, maybe not every legal action. Can I offer you an herbal tea?Stu: I’ll tell you exactly why it happened: Women don’t let things go. Not saying the blokes don’t share part of the blame. But if the girls hadn’t gotten their knickers in a knot . . . And that might sound sexist, but it’s not, it’s just a fact of life. Ask any man—not some new-age, artsy-fartsy, I-wear-moisturizer type, I mean a real man—ask a real man, then he’ll tell you that women are like the Olympic athletes of grudges. You should see my wife in action. And she’s not even the worst of them.Miss Barnes: Helicopter parents. Before I started at Pirriwee Public, I thought it was an exaggeration, this thing about parents being overly involved with their kids. I mean, my mum and dad loved me, they were, like, interested in me when I was growing up in the nine- ties, but they weren’t, like, obsessed with me.Mrs. Lipmann: It’s a tragedy, and deeply regrettable, and we’re all trying to move forward. I have no further comment.Carol: I blame the Erotic Book Club. But that’s just me.Jonathan: There was nothing erotic about the Erotic Book Club, I’ll tell you that for free.Jackie: You know what? I see this as a feminist issue.Harper: Who said it was a feminist issue? What the heck? I’ll tell you what started it: the incident at the kindergarten orientation day.Graeme: My understanding was that it all goes back to the stay-at-home mums battling it out with the career mums. What do they call it? The Mummy Wars. My wife wasn’t involved. She doesn’t have time for that sort of thing.Thea: You journalists are just loving the French-nanny angle. I heard someone on the radio today talking about the “French maid,” which Juliette was certainly not. Renata had a housekeeper as well. Lucky for some. I have four children, and no staff to help out! Of course, I don’t have a problem per se with working mothers, I just wonder why they bothered having children in the first place.Melissa: You know what I think got everyone all hot and bothered? The head lice. Oh my gosh, don’t let me get started on the head lice.Samantha: The head lice? What did that have to do with anything? Who told you that? I bet it was Melissa, right? That poor girl suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after her kids kept getting reinfected. Sorry. It’s not funny. It’s not funny at all.Detective-Sergeant Adrian Quinlan: Let me be clear: This is not a circus. This is a murder investigation.2.Six Months Before the Trivia NightForty. Madeline Martha Mackenzie was forty years old today. “I am forty,” she said out loud as she drove. She drew the word out in slow motion, like a sound effect. “Fooorty.”She caught the eye of her daughter in the rearview mirror. Chloe grinned and imitated her mother. “I am five. Fiiiive.”“Forty!” trilled Madeline like an opera singer. “Tra la la la!” “Five!” trilled Chloe.Madeline tried a rap version, beating out the rhythm on the steering wheel. “I’m forty, yeah, forty—”“That’s enough now, Mummy,” said Chloe firmly. “Sorry,” said Madeline.She was taking Chloe to her kindergarten—“Let’s Get Kindy Ready!”—orientation. Not that Chloe required any orientation before starting school next January. She was already very firmly oriented at Pirriwee Public. At this morning’s drop-off Chloe had been busy taking charge of her brother, Fred, who was two years older but often seemed younger. “Fred, you forgot to put your book bag in the basket! That’s it. In there. Good boy.”Fred had obediently dropped his book bag in the appropriate basket before running off to put Jackson in a headlock. Madeline had pretended not to see the headlock. Jackson probably deserved it. Jackson’s mother, Renata, hadn’t seen it either, because she was deep in conversation with Harper, both of them frowning earnestly over the stress of educating their gifted children. Renata and Harper attended the same weekly support group for parents of gifted children. Madeline imagined them all sitting in a circle, wringing their hands while their eyes shone with secret pride.While Chloe was busy bossing the other children around at orientation (her gift was bossiness, she was going to run a corporation one day), Madeline was going to have coffee and cake with her friend Celeste. Celeste’s twin boys were starting school next year too, so they’d be running amuck at orientation. (Their gift was shouting. Madeline had a headache after five minutes in their company.) Celeste always bought exquisite and very expensive birthday presents, so that would be nice. After that, Madeline was going to drop Chloe off with her mother-in-law, and then have lunch with some friends before they all rushed off for school pickup. The sun was shining. She was wearing her gorgeous new Dolce & Gabbana stilettos (bought online, thirty percent off).. It was going to be a lovely, lovely day.“Let the Festival of Madeline begin!” her husband, Ed, had said this morning when he brought her coffee in bed. Madeline was famous for her fondness of birthdays and celebrations of all kinds. Any excuse for champagne.Still. Forty.As she drove the familiar route to the school, she considered her magnificent new age. Forty. She could still feel “forty” the way it felt when she was fifteen. Such a colorless age. Marooned in the middle of your life. Nothing would matter all that much when you were forty. You wouldn’t have real feelings when you were forty, because you’d be safely cushioned by your frumpy forty-ness.Forty-year-old woman found dead. Oh dear.Twenty-year-old woman found dead. Tragedy! Sadness! Find that murderer!Madeline had recently been forced to do a minor shift in her head when she heard something on the news about a woman dying in her forties. But, wait, that could be me! That would be sad! People would be sad if I was dead! Devastated, even. So there, age-obsessed world. I might be forty, but I am cherished.On the other hand, it was probably perfectly natural to feel sadder over the death of a twenty-year-old than a forty-year-old. The forty-year-old had enjoyed twenty years more of life. That’s why, if there was a gunman on the loose, Madeline would feel obligated to throw her middle-aged self in front of the twenty- year-old. Take a bullet for youth. It was only fair.Well, she would, if she could be sure it was a nice young per- son. Not one of those insufferable ones, like the child driving the little blue Mitsubishi in front of Madeline. She wasn’t even bothering to hide the fact that she was using her mobile phone while she drove, probably texting or updating her Facebook status.See! This kid wouldn’t have even noticed the loose gunman! She would have been staring vacantly at her phone, while Made- line sacrificed her life for her! It was infuriating.The little car appeared to be jammed with young people. At least three in the back, their heads bobbing about, hands gesticulating. Was that somebody’s foot waving about? It was a tragedy waiting to happen. They all needed to concentrate. Just last week, Madeline had been having a quick coffee after her ShockWave class and was reading a story in the paper about how all the young people were killing themselves by sending texts while they drove. On my way. Nearly there! These were their last foolish (and often misspelled) words. Madeline had cried over the picture of one teenager’s grief-stricken mother, absurdly holding up her daughter’s mobile phone to the camera as a warning to readers.“Silly little idiots,” she said out loud as the car weaved dangerously into the next lane.“Who is an idiot?” said her daughter from the backseat.“The girl driving the car in front of me is an idiot because she’s driving her car and using her phone at the same time,” said Madeline.“Like when you need to call Daddy when we’re running late?” said Chloe.“I only did that one time!” protested Madeline. “And I was very careful and very quick! And I’m forty years old!”“Today,” said Chloe knowledgeably. “You’re forty years old today.”“Yes! Also, I made a quick call, I didn’t send a text! You have to take your eyes off the road to text. Texting while driving is illegal and naughty, and you must promise to never ever do it when you’re a teenager.”Her voice quivered at the thought of Chloe being a teenager and driving a car.“But you’re allowed to make a quick phone call?” checked Chloe.“No! That’s illegal too,” said Madeline.“So that means you broke the law,” said Chloe with satisfaction. “Like a robber.”Chloe was currently in love with the idea of robbers. She was definitely going to date bad boys one day. Bad boys on motorcycles.“Stick with the nice boys, Chloe!” said Madeline after a moment. “Like Daddy. Bad boys don’t bring you coffee in bed, I’ll tell you that for free.”“What are you babbling on about, woman?” sighed Chloe. She’d picked this phrase up from her father and imitated his weary tone perfectly. They’d made the mistake of laughing the first time she did it, so she’d kept it up, and said it just often enough, and with perfect timing, so that they couldn’t help but keep laughing.This time Madeline managed not to laugh. Chloe currently trod a very fine line between adorable and obnoxious. Madeline probably trod the same line herself.Madeline pulled up behind the little blue Mitsubishi at a red light. The young driver was still looking at her mobile phone. Madeline banged on her car horn. She saw the driver glance in her rearview mirror, while all her passengers craned around to look.“Put down your phone!” she yelled. She mimicked texting by jabbing her finger in her palm. “It’s illegal! It’s dangerous!”The girl stuck her finger up in the classic up-yours gesture. “Right!” Madeline pulled on her emergency brake and put on her hazard lights.“What are you doing?” said Chloe.Madeline undid her seat belt and threw open the car door. “But we’ve got to go to orientation!” said Chloe in a panic.“We’ll be late! Oh, calamity!”“Oh, calamity” was a line from a children’s book that they used to read to Fred when he was little. The whole family said it now. Even Madeline’s parents had picked it up, and some of Madeline’s friends. It was a very contagious phrase.“It’s all right,” said Madeline. “This will only take a second. I’m saving young lives.”She stalked up to the girl’s car on her new stilettos and banged on the window.The window slid down, and the driver metamorphosed from a shadowy silhouette into a real young girl with white skin, sparkly nose ring and badly applied, clumpy mascara. She looked up at Madeline with a mixture of aggression and fear. “What is your problem?” Her mobile phone was still held casually in her left hand. “Put down that phone! You could kill yourself and your friends!” Madeline used the exact same tone she used on Chloe when she was being extremely naughty. She reached in the car, grabbed the phone and tossed it to the openmouthed girl in the passenger seat. “OK? Just stop it!”She could hear their gales of laughter as she walked back to her SUV. She didn’t care. She felt pleasantly stimulated. A car pulled up behind hers. Madeline smiled, lifted her hand apologetically and hurried back to be in her car before the lights changed.Her ankle turned. One second it was doing what an ankle was meant to do, and the next it was f lipping out at a sickeningly wrong angle. She fell heavily on one side. Oh, calamity.That was almost certainly the moment the story began. With the ungainly f lip of an ankle.3.Jane pulled up at a red light behind a big shiny SUV with its hazard lights blinking and watched a dark-haired woman hurry along the side of the road back to it. She wore a floaty, blue summer dress and high strappy heels, and she waved apologetically, charmingly at Jane. The morning sun caught one of the woman’s earrings, and it shone as if she’d been touched by something celestial.A glittery girl. Older than Jane but definitely still glittery. All her life Jane had watched girls like that with scientific interest. Maybe a little awe. Maybe a little envy. They weren’t necessarily the prettiest, but they decorated themselves so affectionately, like Christmas trees, with dangling earrings, jangling bangles and delicate, pointless scarves. They touched your arm a lot when they spoke. Jane’s best friend at school had been a glittery girl. Jane had a weakness for them.Then the woman fell, as if something had been pulled out from underneath her.“Ouch,” said Jane, and she looked away fast to save the woman’s dignity.“Did you hurt yourself, Mummy?” asked Ziggy from the back- seat. He was always very worried about her hurting herself.“No,” said Jane. “That lady over there hurt herself. She tripped.”She waited for the woman to get up and get back in her car, but she was still on the ground. She’d tipped back her head to the sky, and her face had that compressed look of someone in great pain. The traffic light turned green, and a little blue Mitsubishi that had been in front of the SUV zoomed off with a squeal of tires.Jane put her signal on to drive around the car. They were on their way to Ziggy’s orientation day at the new school, and she had no idea where she was going. She and Ziggy were both nervous and pretending not to be. She wanted to get there in plenty of time.“Is the lady OK?” said Ziggy.Jane felt that strange lurch she sometimes experienced when she got distracted by her life, and then something (it was often Ziggy) made her remember just in time the appropriate way for a nice, ordinary, well-mannered grown-up to behave.If it weren’t for Ziggy she would have driven off. She would have been so focused on her goal of getting him to his kindergarten orientation that she would have left a woman sitting on the road, writhing in pain.“I’ll just check on her,” said Jane, as if that were her intention all along. She f licked on her own hazard lights and opened the car door, aware as she did of a selfish sense of resistance. You are an inconvenience, glittery lady!“Are you all right?” she called.“I’m fine!” The woman tried to sit up straighter and whimpered, her hand on her ankle. “Ow. Shit. I’ve rolled my ankle, that’s all. I’m such an idiot. I got out of the car to go tell the girl in front of me to stop texting. Serves me right for behaving like a school prefect.”Jane crouched down next to her. The woman had shoulder-length, well-cut dark hair and the faintest sprinkle of freckles across her nose. There was something aesthetically pleasing about those freckles, like a childhood memory of summer, and they were very nicely complemented by the fine lines around her eyes and the absurd swinging earrings.Jane’s resistance vanished entirely.She liked this woman. She wanted to help her.(Although, what did that say? If the woman had been a tooth- less, warty-nosed crone she would have continued to feel resentful? The injustice of it. The cruelty of it. She was going to be nicer to this woman because she liked her freckles.)The woman’s dress had an intricately embroidered cutout pattern of f lowers all along the neckline. Jane could see tanned freckly skin through the petals.“We need to get some ice on it straightaway,” said Jane. She knew about ankle injuries from her netball days and she could see this woman’s ankle was already beginning to swell. “And keep it elevated.” She chewed her lip and looked about hopefully for someone else. She had no idea how to handle the logistics of making this actually happen.“It’s my birthday,” said the woman sadly. “My fortieth.” “Happy birthday,” said Jane. It was sort of cute that a woman of forty would even bother to mention that it was her birthday.She looked at the woman’s strappy shoes. Her toenails were painted a lustrous turquoise. The stiletto heels were as thin as toothpicks and perilously high.“No wonder you did your ankle,” said Jane. “No one could walk in those shoes!”“I know, but aren’t they gorgeous?” The woman turned her foot at an angle to admire them. “Ouch! Fuck, that hurts. Sorry. Excuse my language.”“Mummy!” A little girl with dark curly hair, wearing a sparkling tiara, stuck her head out the window of the car. “What are you doing? Get up! We’ll be late!”Glittery mother. Glittery daughter.“Thanks for the sympathy, darling!” said the woman. She smiled ruefully at Jane. “We’re on our way to her kindergarten orientation. She’s very excited.”“At Pirriwee Public?” said Jane. She was astonished. “But that’s where I’m going. My son, Ziggy, is starting school next year. We’re moving here in December.” It didn’t seem possible that she and this woman could have anything in common, or that their lives could intersect in any way.“Ziggy! Like Ziggy Stardust? What a great name!” said the woman. “I’m Madeline, by the way. Madeline Martha Mackenzie. I always mention the Martha for some reason. Don’t ask me why.” She held out her hand.“Jane,” said Jane. “Jane no-middle-name Chapman.”Gabrielle: The school ended up split in two. It was, like, I don’t know, a civil war. You were either on Team Madeline or Team Renata.Bonnie: No, no, that’s awful. That never happened.There were no sides. We’re a very close-knit community. There was too much alcohol. Also, it was a full moon. Everyone goes a little crazy when it’s a full moon. I’m serious. It’s an actual verifiable phenomenon.Samantha: Was it a full moon? It was pouring rain, I know that. My hair was all boofy.Mrs. Lipmann: That’s ridiculous and highly defamatory. I have no further comment.Carol: I know I keep harping on about the Erotic Book Club, but I’m sure something happened at one of their little quote-unquote meetings.Harper: Listen, I cried when we learned Emily was gifted.I thought, Here we go again! I’d been through it all before with Sophia, so I knew what I was in for! Renata was in the same boat. Two gifted children. Nobody under- stands the stress. Renata was worried about how Amabella would settle in at school, whether she’d get enough stimulation and so on. So when that child with the ridiculous name, that Ziggy, did what he did, and it was only the orientation morning! Well, she was understandably very distressed. That’s what started it all.4.Jane had brought along a book to read in the car while Ziggy was doing his kindergarten orientation, but instead she ac- companied Madeline Martha Mackenzie (it sounded like the name of a feisty little girl in a children’s book) to a beachside café called Blue Blues.The café was a funny little misshapen building, almost like a cave, right on the boardwalk next to Pirriwee Beach. Madeline hobbled along in bare feet, leaning heavily and unselfconsciously on Jane’s shoulder as if they were old friends. It felt intimate. She could smell Madeline’s perfume, something citrusy and delicious. Jane hadn’t been touched much by other grown-ups in the last five years.As soon as they opened the door of the café, a youngish man came out from behind the counter, his arms outstretched. He was dressed all in black, with curly blond surfer hair and a stud in the side of his nose. “Madeline! What’s happened to you?”“I am gravely injured, Tom,” said Madeline. “And it’s my birthday.”“Oh, calamity,” said Tom. He winked at Jane.While Tom settled Madeline in a corner booth, bringing her ice wrapped in a tea towel and propping her leg up on a chair with a cushion, Jane took in the café. It was “completely charming,” as her mother would have said. The bright blue uneven walls were lined with rickety shelves filled with secondhand books. The timber floorboards shone gold in the morning light, and Jane breathed in a heady mix of coffee, baking, the sea and old books. The front of the café was all open glass, and the seating was arranged so that wherever you sat you faced the beach, as if you were there to watch the sea perform a show. As Jane looked around her, she felt that dissatisfied feeling she often experienced when she was some- where new and lovely. She couldn’t quite articulate it except with the words If only I were here. This little beachside café was so exquisite, she longed to really be there—except, of course, she was there, so it didn’t make sense.“Jane? What can I get you?” said Madeline. “I’m buying you coffee and treats to thank you for everything!” She turned to the fussing barista. “Tom! This is Jane! She’s my knight in shining armor. My knightess.”Jane had driven Madeline and her daughter to the school, after first nervously parking Madeline’s massive car in a side street. She’d taken a spare booster seat from the back of Madeline’s car for Chloe and put it in the back of her own little Honda, next to Ziggy.It had been a project. A tiny crisis overcome.It was a sad indictment of Jane’s mundane life that she’d found the whole incident just a little bit thrilling.Ziggy too had been wide-eyed and self-conscious at the novelty of having another child in the backseat with him, especially one as effervescent and charismatic as Chloe. The little girl had chatted nonstop the whole way, explaining everything Ziggy needed to know about the school, and who the teachers would be, and how they had to wash their hands before they went into the classroom, with just one paper towel, and where they sat to have their lunch, and how you weren’t allowed peanut butter, because some people had allergies and could die, and she already had her lunch box, and it had Dora the Explorer on it, and what did Ziggy’s lunch box have on it?“Buzz Lightyear,” Ziggy had answered promptly, politely, and completely untruthfully, as Jane hadn’t bought his lunch box yet, and they hadn’t even discussed the need for a lunch box. He was in day care three days a week at the moment, and meals were provided. Packing a lunch box was going to be new for Jane.When they got to the school, Madeline had stayed in the car while Jane took the children in. Actually, Chloe had taken them in, marching along in front of them, tiara gleaming in the sunlight. At one point Ziggy and Jane had exchanged looks as if to say, Who are these marvelous people?Jane had been mildly nervous about Ziggy’s orientation morning and conscious of the fact that she would need to hide her nerves from Ziggy, because he was prone to anxiety. It had felt like she was starting a new job: her job as a primary school mother. There would be rules and paperwork and procedures to learn.However, walking into school with Chloe was like arriving with a golden ticket. Two other mothers immediately accosted them, “Chloe! Where’s your mum?” Then they introduced them- selves to Jane, and Jane had a story to tell about Madeline’s ankle, and next thing, the kindergarten teacher, Miss Barnes, wanted to hear, and Jane found herself the center of attention, which was quite pleasant, to be honest.The school itself was beautiful, perched at the end of the head- land, so that the blue of the distant ocean seemed to be constantly sparkling in Jane’s peripheral vision. The classrooms were in long, low sandstone buildings and the leafy-treed playground seemed to be full of enchanting secret spots to encourage the imagination: cubbyholes in between trees, sheltered pathways, even a tiny, child- sized maze.When she’d left, Ziggy had been walking into a classroom hand in hand with Chloe, his little face flushed and happy, and Jane had walked outside to her car, feeling flushed and happy herself, and there was Madeline in the passenger seat, waving and smiling delightedly, as if Jane were her great friend, and Jane had felt a lessening of something, a loosening.Now she sat next to Madeline in Blue Blues and waited for her coffee to arrive, watching the water and feeling the sunshine on her face.Maybe moving here was going to be the beginning of some- thing, or the end, which would be even better.“My friend Celeste will be here soon,” said Madeline. “You might have seen her at the school, dropping off her boys. Two little blond ruffians. She’s tall, blond, beautiful and f lustered.”“I don’t think so,” said Jane. “What’s she got to be f lustered about if she’s tall, blond and beautiful?”“Exactly,” said Madeline, as if that answered the question. “She’s got this equally gorgeous, rich husband too. They still hold hands. And he’s nice. He buys me presents. Honestly, I have no idea why I stay friends with her.” She looked at her watch. “Oh, she’s hopeless. Always late! Anyway, I’ll interrogate you while we wait.” She leaned forward and gave her full attention to Jane. “Are you new to the peninsula? I don’t know your face at all. With kids the same age you’d think we would have run into each other at GymbaROO or story hour or whatever.”“We’re moving here in December,” said Jane. “We live in Newtown at the moment, but I decided it might be nice to live near the beach for a while. It was just on a whim, I guess.”The phrase “on a whim” came to her out of nowhere, and both pleased and embarrassed her.She tried to make it a whimsical story, as if she were indeed a whimsical girl. She told Madeline that one day a few months back she’d taken Ziggy for a trip to the beach, seen the rental sign out- side a block of apartments and thought, Why not live near the beach?It wasn’t a lie, after all. Not exactly.A day at the beach, she’d kept telling herself, over and over, as she drove down that long swooping road, as if someone were listening in on her thoughts, questioning her motives.Pirriwee Beach was one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world! She’d seen that somewhere. Her son deserved to see one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Her beautiful, extraordinary son. She kept looking at him in the rearview mirror, her heart aching.She didn’t tell Madeline that, as they’d walked hand in hand back to the car, sandy and sticky, the word “help” screamed silently in her head, as if she were begging for something: a solution, a cure, a reprieve. A reprieve from what? A cure for what? A solution for what? Her breathing had become shallow. She’d felt beads of sweat at her hairline.Then she’d seen the sign. Their lease at their Newtown apartment was up. The two-bedroom unit was in an ugly, soulless, redbrick block of apartments, but it was only a five-minute walk to the beach. “What if we moved right here?” she’d said to Ziggy, and his eyes had lit up, and all at once it had seemed like the apartment was exactly the solution to whatever was wrong with her. A sea change, people called it. Why shouldn’t she and Ziggy have a sea change?She didn’t tell Madeline that she’d been taking six-month leases in different rental apartments across Sydney ever since Ziggy was a baby, trying to find a life that worked. She didn’t tell her that, maybe the whole time, she’d been circling closer and closer to Pirriwee Beach.And she didn’t tell Madeline that, when she’d walked out of the real estate office after signing the lease, she’d noticed for the first time the sort of people who lived on the peninsula—golden- skinned and beach-haired, the sort of people who surfed before breakfast, who took pride in their bodies—and she’d thought of her own pasty white legs beneath her jeans, and then she’d thought of how her parents would feel so nervous driving along that winding peninsula road, her dad’s knuckles white on the steering wheel, except they’d still do it, without complaint, and all at once Jane had been convinced that she’d just made a truly reprehensible mistake. But it was too late.“So here I am,” she finished lamely.“You’re going to love it here,” Madeline enthused. She adjusted the ice on her ankle and winced. “Ow. Do you surf? What about your husband? Or your partner, I should say. Or boyfriend? Girl- friend? I am open to all possibilities.”“No husband,” Jane said. “No partner. It’s just me. I’m a single mum.”“Are you?” said Madeline, as if Jane had just announced some- thing rather daring and wonderful.“I am.” Jane smiled foolishly.“Well, you know, people always like to forget this, but I was a single mother,” said Madeline. She lifted her chin, as if she were addressing a crowd of people who disagreed with her. “My ex-husband walked out on me when my older daughter, Abigail, was a baby. She’s fourteen. I was quite young too, like you. Only twenty-six. Although I thought I was over the hill. It was hard. Being a single mother is hard.”“Well, I have my mum and—”“Oh, sure, sure. I’m not saying I didn’t have support. I had my parents to help me too. But my God, there were some nights, when Abigail was sick, or when I got sick, or worse, when we both got sick, and . . . Anyway.” Madeline stopped and shrugged. “My ex is remarried now to someone else. They have a little girl about the same age as Chloe, and Nathan has become father of the year. Men often do when they get a second chance. Abigail thinks her dad is wonderful. I’m the only one left holding a grudge. They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”“I’m not really into forgiveness either,” said Jane.Madeline grinned and pointed her teaspoon at her. “Good for you. Never forgive. Never forget. That’s my motto.”Jane couldn’t tell how much she was joking.“So what about Ziggy’s dad?” continued Madeline. “Is he in the picture at all?”Jane didn’t f linch. She’d had five years to get good at it. She felt herself becoming very still.“No. We weren’t actually together.” She delivered her line perfectly. “I didn’t even know his name. It was a . . .” Stop. Pause. Look away as if unable to make eye contact. “Sort of a . . . one- off.”“You mean a one-night stand?” said Madeline immediately, sympathetically, and Jane almost laughed out loud with the surprise of it. Most people, especially of Madeline’s age, reacted with a delicate, slightly distasteful expression that said, I get it and I’m cool with it, but I now place you in a different category of person. Jane was never offended by their distaste. She found it distasteful too. She just wanted that particular topic of conversation closed off for good, and most of the time that’s exactly what happened. Ziggy was Ziggy. There was no dad. Move right along.“Why don’t you just say you split up with the father?” her mother had asked in the early days.“Lies get complicated, Mum,” said Jane. Her mother had no experience with lies. “This way we just close the conversation down.”“I remember one-night stands,” said Madeline wistfully. “The things I did in the nineties. Lordy me. I hope Chloe never finds out. Oh, calamity. Was yours fun?”It took Jane a second to comprehend the question. She was asking if her one-night stand was fun.For a moment Jane was back in that glass bubble of an elevator as it slid silently up the center of the hotel. His hand around the neck of the champagne bottle. The other hand on her lower back, pulling her forward. They were both laughing so hard. Deep creases around his eyes. She was weak with laughter and desire. Expensive smells.Jane cleared her throat.“I guess it was fun,” she said.“Sorry,” said Madeline. “I was being frivolous. It was because I was thinking of my own frivolous youth. Or maybe because you’re so young and I’m so old, and I’m trying to be cool. How old are you? Do you mind my asking?”“Twenty-four,” said Jane.“Twenty-four,” breathed Madeline. “I’m forty today. I told you that already, didn’t I? You probably think you’ll never be forty, right?”“Well, I hope I’ll be forty,” said Jane. She’d noticed before how middle-aged women were obsessed with the topic of age, always laughing about it, moaning about it, going on and on about it, as if the process of aging were a tricky puzzle they were trying to solve. Why were they so mystified by it? Jane’s mother’s friends seemed to literally have no other topic of conversation, or they didn’t when they spoke to Jane. “Oh, you’re so young and beautiful, Jane.” (When she clearly wasn’t; it was like they thought one followed the other: If you were young, you were automatically beautiful!) “Oh, you’re so young, Jane, you’ll be able to fix my phone/computer/camera.” (When in fact a lot of her mother’s friends were more technologically savvy than Jane.) “Oh, you’re so young, Jane, you have so much energy.” (When she was so tired, so very, very tired.)“And listen, how do you support yourself?” said Madeline worriedly, sitting up straight, as if this were a problem she needed to solve right this minute. “Do you work?”Jane nodded at her. “I work for myself as a freelance book- keeper. I’ve got a good client base now, lots of small businesses. I’m fast. So I turn the work over fast. It pays the rent.”“Clever girl,” said Madeline approvingly. “I supported myself too when Abigail was little. For the most part anyway. Every now and then Nathan would rouse himself to send a check. It was hard, but it was also sort of satisfying, in a fuck-you kind of way. You know what I mean.”“Sure,” said Jane. Jane’s life as a single mother wasn’t making a fuck-you point to anyone. Or at least not in the way that Made- line meant.“You’ll definitely be one of the younger kindergarten mums,” mused Madeline. She took a sip of her coffee and grinned wickedly. “You’re even younger than my ex-husband’s delightful new wife. Promise me you won’t make friends with her, will you? I got you first.”“I’m sure I won’t even meet her,” said Jane, confused.“Oh, you will,” grimaced Madeline. “Her daughter is starting kindergarten at the same time as Chloe. Can you imagine?”Jane couldn’t imagine.“The kindy mums will all have coffee, and there will be my ex-husband’s wife sitting across the table, sipping her herbal tea. Don’t worry, there won’t be any punch-ups. Unfortunately, it’s all very boring and amicable and terribly grown-up. Bonnie even kisses me hello. She’s into yoga and chakras and all that shit. You know how you’re meant to hate your wicked stepmother? My daughter adores her. Bonnie is so ‘calm,’ you see. The opposite of me. She speaks in one of those soft . . . low . . . melodious voices that make you want to punch a wall.”Jane laughed at Madeline’s imitation of a low, melodious voice. “You probably will make friends with Bonnie,” said Made- line. “She’s impossible to hate. I’m very good at hating people, and even I find it difficult. I really have to put my heart and soul into it.”She shifted the ice again on her ankle.“When Bonnie hears I’ve hurt my ankle, she’ll bring me a meal. She just loves any excuse to bring me a home-cooked meal. Probably because Nathan told her I’m a terrible cook, so she wants to make a point. Although the worst thing about Bonnie is that she’s probably not actually making a point. She’s just freakishly nice. I’d love to throw her meals straight in the bin, but they’re too damned delicious. My husband and children would kill me.”Madeline’s expression changed. She beamed and waved. “Oh! She’s here at last! Celeste! Over here! Come and see what I’ve done!”Jane looked up and her heart sank.It shouldn’t matter. She knew it shouldn’t matter. But the fact was that some people were so unacceptably, hurtfully beautiful, it made you feel ashamed. Your inferiority was right there on dis- play for the world to see. This was what a woman was meant to look like. Exactly this. She was right, and Jane was wrong.You’re a very fat, ugly little girl, a voice said insistently in her ear with hot, fetid breath.She shuddered and tried to smile at the horribly beautiful woman walking toward them.Thea: I assume you’ve heard by now that Bonnie is married to Madeline’s ex-husband, Nathan? So that was complicated. You might want to explore that. I’m not telling you how to do your job, of course.Bonnie: That had absolutely nothing to do with anything.Our relationship was completely amicable. Just this morning I left a vegetarian lasagna on their doorstep for her poor husband.Gabrielle: I was new to the school. I didn’t know a soul. “Oh, we’re such a caring school,” the principal told me. Blah, blah, blah. Let me tell you, the first thing I thought when I walked into that playground on that kindergarten orientation day was cliquey. Cliquey, cliquey, cliquey. I’m not surprised someone ended up dead. Oh, all right. I guess that’s overstating it. I was a little surprised.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Big Little Lies“If you're looking for a novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher look no further. Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit...It’s can’t-put-downability comes from its darker subplots...A book that will make you appreciate the long days of summer.”—"The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town...are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee...[Moriarty] is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly; even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking.”—Entertainment Weekly“Reading one [of Liane Moriarty's novels] is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic...a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read…Moriarty is back in fine form.”—USA Today“A hell of a good book. Funny and scary.”—Stephen King“Ms. Moriarty’s long-parched fans have something new to dig into...Big Little Lies [may have] even more staying power than The Husband’s Secret.”—The New York Times“Big Little Lies tolls a warning bell about the big little lies we tell in order to survive. It takes a powerful stand against domestic violence even as it makes us laugh at the adults whose silly costume party seems more reminiscent of a middle-school dance.”—The Washington Post“Irresistible…Moriarty’s sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning pages.”—People“Funny and thrilling, page-turning but with emotional depth, Big Little Lies is a terrific follow-up to The Husband’s Secret.”—Booklist (starred review)“Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise ‘perfect’ family unit...Highly recommended.”—Library Journal (starred review)