Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

byLiane Moriarty

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers comes the #1 New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly called “a surefire hit.”


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?

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.

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.

Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 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.
Title:Big Little LiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.22 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0425274861

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Enthralling I held off on reading this for so long because I did judge this book by its cover. I had assumed it would be boring, but that is the complete opposite of how it turned out. This has captivating characters, relationship dynamics and turns that you won't see coming. Recommend this to everyone!
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely a Moriarty fan I really enjoyed this book and want to read all others by this author!
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! The beginning was a bit slow for me personally but it really started to get good after a few chapters!Definitely would recommend, a novel that truly shows the power of women coming together! Even if it does get complicated.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! This is another case where the book is better than the show/movie. SUPER well written and intriguing. I loved all the characters and I loved how it hopped back and forth. Highly recommenced reading this before watching the show if you decide to.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decided to give it a try The book is a lot of fun, and because of how it is set up can be read in snipets of time. Short chapters means it's easy to read a bit and set it down. It does hop around quite a bit both for the large group of characters, and the time line but it's worth it to stick it out.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow to start Haven't seen the TV show so I found the book a little slow and confusing to start as it switches back and forth between characters, but once I sat down and read a good chunk at a time it became clearer. By the mid-way point, I was hooked and enjoyed the ending so much I picked up The Husband's Secret, which I may have even enjoyed more!
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great novel! So glad that I read this book before watching the series! I could barely put it down.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS BOOK I am a big Liane Moriarty fan and this book is one of my favourites! well written, tons of suspense. I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy crap this book was awesome!! WOW! WOW! WOW! I can't believe it took me so long to finally pick up this book and finally read it! This was a very fast read for me, I couldn't put it down to even eat a meal, I stayed up until 8 in the morning reading, I literally COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!! It's been a long time since i've really been that into a book. There is so much scandal in this book it's crazy. Big Little Lies is hands down 100x better than The Husband's Secret by the same author. This book was funny and a little lighthearted while dealing with some very serious issues. The ending was extremely shocking and unpredictable, no way could I have guessed who the murdered victim or the guilty person could be. I actually yelled "No waaay!" and almost dropped my book in the bath when the victim and the guilty were finally revealed!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would recommend to a friend This was the first novel that got me onto this author's novels and I have not been disappointed. The book is far better than the show (obviously). This was a fun read and a great page turner. I gave it to my mom afterwards and she too loved it!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great character development Love this book. Suspenseful and well written. A real page turner.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well-crafted, engaging and suspenseful plot that keep you turning the pages The author does a great job creating characters who are so believable they could easily be someone you know. The story about the real lives of children, teens, friends, husbands, wives, second wives, and exes. You know from the beginning that something awful happens at the annual Public School fund raising. You know the what but not the who or the how. As you read on you discover some of the dangerous little lies that people tell just to be able to face the day. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to find out what happened that night. It has a large cast of characters, but focuses mostly on three women. They all have children entering Kindergarten in the same year. They're lives are vastly different but closely connected in ways that even they don't realize at first. I loved the main three women, they were complex and flawed; but you could root for them and empathize with them. There are some very serious themes -- domestic violence, single parenthood, motherhood in general, bullying, murder, secrets, and more.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I loved this book. Great characters and story line! Looking forward to watching the series now.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved this book !!! This was an amazing book. the story was awesome kept me reading and excited for what else was to come. wasnt expecting the end to be the way it was. great ending loved!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful! It's a thought-provoking novel and suspenseful novel that shines the light on many societal issues. Moriarty shows the complexity of situations for a victim, perpetrator, and those around them by giving her characters depth. Although, I found one of the plot-lines to be anticlimatic in the end, the other storylines happening in parallel kept me on my toes.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Hooked on all of Liane Moriarty's books. Great book! I recommend reading the book first, then watching the HBO series!
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! One of those books you can't put down. Suspenseful and interesting development of the characters and plot.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Got me hooked on Liane;s writing I absolutely loved this book. I had no inkling of the story line before diving in and enjoyed the focus on female characters, who are making decisions and have thought processes that I could relate to. I really enjoyed the bouncing story line and the unpredictable ending. I am now hooked on this author!
Date published: 2018-01-24
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 3 out of 5 by from Obsessed Could not put the book down ! Amazing read and great characters.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Liane Moriarty is talented at getting deep into her character's emotions and reasoning. The story flows naturally and remains interesting throughout reading.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING - GRIPPING After reading some of the other books by the author i decided to check this one out.. I was not disappointed in the least - It was beyond what i expected - always left me sitting on the edge of my seat - I did not want to put it down. You must read this book #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I recently purchased this book on a whim after hearing rave reviews for both the book and the mini series. I cannot be happier that I did, and now I'm halfway through 'What Alice Forgot.' Liane has an ability to write characters that you can really root for and understand. The characters she wrote about seemed so real and each one had an individual voice you could follow. Though I guessed the big twist that comes near the end, I was still satisfied in the way it was wrapped up and the way we found out everything. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, as well as any of Liane's other books.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Such a great read. Captivating from start to finish. Definitely better than the tv series put out by HBO.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling read! Although I found it started slow and a bit confusing that feeling didn't last long and I was hooked. The characters were written so well it was like you knew someone going through what they did or something similar. With Madeline being the "main" character, she could write her own book on how to deal with a dead beat husband, or maybe how not to deal with one. Now being remarried with two kids with her new husband, her eldest daughter Abigail is not your typical teenager in all she bites off. Though this book told the heartbreaking and beautiful lives through the eyes of many characters it was written in a way that made it easy to keep track of all of them and sympathize with each plight. A nail biter from beginning to end as the story starts where it ends but transitions so smoothly to what lead up to the final "trivia" night.
Date published: 2017-12-29
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 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! This book was fantastic! Well written, entertaining with an excellent story line - now a series on Netflix. This book was hard to put down - I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT! Wanted to read the book before I watched the series and am so happy I did! Read it on the airplane on the way to Italy; couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read Was able to get through quickly as it held my interest however was somewhat predictable. Ending lacked satisfaction as would have been better not include the last chapter.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! You literally fly through this read. It is so amazing! Can't put it down!
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining! I have read a couple other Moriarty books, and this one is no exception. It is very entertaining from the moment you read the first chapter. I find her characters to be very relate-able. There is a also a sense of humour that runs throughout the whole book that even when the book gets intense, you end up cracking a smile.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I couldn't put this book down! Unexpected twists make this a great read. First book I've read by this author, but not the last.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this author! Great read with exciting twists.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting! This was a great and exciting story! I was trying to figure out the mystery the entire time and ended up being surprised! I haven't watched the show yet, but I hope it was as entertaining as the book!
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining This is not my usual type of book as I prefer historical fiction however I read it as it was the reading for my book club. I surprisingly enjoyed the book much more than I thought. It does take a bit of time to get into it as it is slow moving at first but it is an easy, entertaining read.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read! Excellent read! I don't really have anything negative to say about it. The story was well thought out and well written. I normally don't go for books with too many perspectives going on but I thought this one worked very well. This was a first Liane Moriarty book for me but it won't be the last!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy quick read This is my favourite of Liane Moriarty's books. I couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh The book is written very well and is interesting, however, it's very verrryyy slow moving. The show is much better.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from compelling story Great read! Better than the show.. the show had this morbid vibe which I didn't get from the book, the book came off (at least to me) as being more cheeky, still heavy, but yeah, more cheeky.
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, easy read! Really enjoyed reading this book! It was very easy to get through and had interesting twists along the way. Book was even better then the mini series, in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Watched the mini series and loved the book even more
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this This book was really well written, It had a great plot and was charming, witty and funny. I loved the writing styles and the characters!
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved Ziggy i wasn't sure how to feel reading the excerpt - but i had an Indigo book lover tell me he thoroughly enjoyed this book out of all of Liane's books, so i went for it. i appreciated that she took the time to build up the story and really make you fall in love with Jane and Ziggy, i love the way she described each mother, so unique to one another. i didn't expect myself to get attached to the characters but i enjoyed the friendships that were built along the way, revealing everyone's deepest, darkest secrets. perhaps i am slow to clues but i was in shock to find out with Ziggy's father was and absolutely adored all the women for coming together to protect one another! i thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it someone who is looking for a loving story between a child and their mother, friendships between mothers and the drama in between! i was so excited to hear that this book got produced into a mini series, starring Hollywood's NIcole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, Alexander Skarsgårdacand (ugh such a hunk) and many more big names! i loved the eerie and almost bone-chilling mood the series sets, i enjoyed it but definitely loved the book more. i felt the HBO series focused too much on certain aspects of the book and not as much on others - but for 7 episodes they still managed to do a great job with building up the characters and suspense!
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good plot and characters for the most part, however, it was absolutely torturous having to wait until the end of the book to find out who the victim was.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I've read Liane Moriarty's The Husband's Secret, The Last Anniversary, The Hypnotist's Love Story & Truly, Madly Guilty. Big Little Lies was definitely my favorite!!! Loved reading from the different women's perspectives. Laughed out loud at times & loved the little twist at the end. Great read!
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good read! I enjoyed this book! I was left guessing until near the end who died and was a murderer. I wanted to read this since I heard it was being made into a show and now I want to watch the show!
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This! This is the first novel by L.M. that I read and I am so impressed! I've bought some other books by her and I can't wait to start them!
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book! I bought this book because I saw the ads for the mini-series based on it and heard from co-workers that the mini-series was great. I like to read books before seeing movies or tv shows based on them so decided to pick this one up. I'm so glad that I did! It was a perfect mix of suspense, family dynamics and humour. I particularly loved that the chapters are super short which makes it a quick read. Perfect for summertime! Now that I've finished the book I'm looking forward to watching the mini-series to compare the two of them.
Date published: 2017-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow didn't see that coming, great book#plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Read If you are looking for something fun and entertaining, this book is a great read. It has a dose of everything, suspense, romance, drama. The perfect summertime book.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down ... The was the first book I read by Moriarty - and it definitely won't be the last. What I loved most about this book was how unpredictable the story line was. Every time I turned the page, the story shifted ever-so-slightly in a direction I was not expecting.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't think I'd love it, but I did! I didn't think I'd enjoy this book as much as I did. From the summary, I expected it to be overly dramatic fluff. Was it dramatic and over-the-top? Absolutely. But that just made the whole thing more enjoyable. Moriarty is well-aware of how ludicrous the plot is, but that's actually what makes it work. She take helicopter-parenting to an absurd extreme (although, decreasingly absurd these days, it would seem) and tackles issues such as rape, body-image, socio-economic inequalities, bullying, domestic violence, divorce, infidelity, and reconstructed families beautifully and with surprising (but still respectful) humour, and all with a pro-feminist bend that made me want to read her other novels. Wow! As I'm listing it all, I can't believe how much she managed to pack into less than 500 pages. It sounds cramped and forced, but it isn't. The flow is wonderful, and those short paragraphs kept making me read "just one more!" I've read a number of mystery novels lately and I've been able to predict them all. While I was able to predict the school bullying storyline, the little twist at the end was half-surprising (which for me makes a winner!). If you're thinking of passing on this one, don't! I never thought I'd be so tickled pink over a murder-mystery.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Bought this book to read on a cruise and I finished it within the first few days. Great read, looking forward to watching the tv series.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't Even Finish . Not my favourite book, but it wasn't terrible... I'm not sure if I would read anything else by this author and I am hesitant to recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD! You won't be able to put this one down... so good! Read it before you watch the show!
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Could NOT put this down! This book had me hooked after the first page! Amazing writer, amazing story!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Stop This is the type of book you won't want to put down.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favs! I don't know what else to say other than this book had it all! Secrets, lies, twists, drama, everything. It was like chick flick meets thriller. I absolutely loved this book. I recommend it to everyone!
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies A book full of lies, secrets, and twists. Delightful.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twist after twist This was a bit of a rollercoaster. I loved it though, every minute of it. Go on the ride!
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I read this book a few years ago and said that would make a great movie.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! Decided to read this book before watching the tv series and I am so happy I did. I could not put this book down! She does an excellent job of intertwining each of the characters lives while still giving the characters their own stories and personalities.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Little Lies I read this before the show. Still haven't watched the show. I did find it hard at times to remember each individual story line for the women as I found them hard to connect with. That being said, I enjoyed this book very much
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it Great character study and very entertaining. I had a hard time putting it down.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Lies This was the first book I read by Moriarty after the hype surrounding the HBO miniseries. I read the book before watching the series which I would highly recommend doing. This book reveals complex and well developed characters who's lives intertwine in ways you never thought possible. It had me entranced from start to finish. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Before the Show I read this before I had heard it was picked up by a network. I enjoyed it quite a bit, but I did find it hard to follow along with at times. Definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a little mystery with their morning coffee
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It took me a little bit to get into but once I was into it I really enjoyed it and didn't want to put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising At first I could not get into this book, I couldn't understand the hype. About a quarter into the book I was hooked! Its a really good read.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This was the pick of my book club and I'm so glad we did! Had me hooked from the start and kept me guessing til the very end. The HBO series followed the book quite closely but as usual, the book gives much more detail and a few things are changed. Overall a great book and I'm planning on checking out some of her other titles.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy read This book is slow at the start, but had me on the edge of my seat by the end! This tale is full of deception, and startling mystery!
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cannot put down! This is the first book in a long time I have read in such a short amount of time. I didn't want to put it down! Fun read.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good A great and entertaining story to read.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating From the first paragraph, you are diving into this mystery/drama that holds your attention, gripping and thinking, until the twisted, unexpected, complex end. An invasively personal tale, with conflicted characters you want to watch, to spy on, and a setting so real you can feel the dirty looks, the bruises, the injustice, and taste the salt in the seaside air as you wonder (often in conversation with anyone who will listen as you read): who dies? Man, Liane Moriarty knows how to turn pages.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books Excellent read. So funny and entertaining. I didn't want to put it down! Love this author
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was one of her best novels, it had me hooked until the last page. Great twist in the end. A must read.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This book did not disappoint and kept me interested the whole way through. Hope the show with Reese Witherspoon does the book justice.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Read This was a good read. I didn't enjoy it as much as another novel I read from this author, but it was a good read. The plot was semi-interesting.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This was the first book of Liane Moriarty's that I read & I loved it so much I went and searched out all her others. The characters are great, the story line is suspenseful, it's one of those ones that's hard to put down!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it! Liane is an amazing writer I love all her books!!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Great author and storyline.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drama, humour and mystery - terrific! A group of parents of precious kindergartners in a semi-posh suburb clash and connect over values and social hierarchy, all while trying to keep their secrets hidden to themselves. Drama, humour and mysterious undercurrents kept me engaged while I grew more and more fascinated by the main characters, which I found to be believable and frankly, likable. Another great book by Aussie Liane Moriarty - I loved her book "The Husband’s Secret" and now I plan to order hew newest title "Truly, Madly, Guilty". Read it before you see the ads for the HBO series!!!
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great This was another great novel by this author. Once you start it you'll have trouble putting it down. I was so happy to hear it's an HBO series.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from couldn't put it down i read this book in one night and was so tired the next day lol i just couldn't put it down. such important subject matter but still a fun read. The characters are hilarious. Tense, fun, interesting and an emotional read. all those things.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Easy and quick read. Suspenseful and great story line.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I could not put this book down! You get attached to the characters and don't want to let go!
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Loved this book. Made me even reevaluate my own perception of other people and allowed me to understand that the grass isn't always greener on the other side.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the HBO series This book will make the perfect series for HBO. Sex, lies, scandal and strong women who don't back down.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Great book! Very well written. Looking forward to the HBO series.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! By far one of the better books I have read this year. I liked the characters and their ability to pull you into the story.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining I wanted to read this book before the HBO show comes out later this month. I found this book to be like the show Desperate Housewives. Its fast reading and the short chapters make you feel like you are making progress. While the book deals with some hard subject matter, bullying being among one of them, I had thought it was going to be more of a detective mystery and it wasn't. The writing is good but this book is more reflective of a beach read. I would still read another of this authors books however, as it was entertaining.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I was riveted the entire time. She makes you feel for the characters and it is so amazing to see people overcome their obstacles and persevere. Really great read.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this one Thoroughly enjoyable. Takes a look at everyone's live - how we think the grass is always green on the other side and how it really isn't. Can't wait to watch the HBO series
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this! I loved the writing style. Kept me in suspense and flipping pages. I loved the characters - mostly. It was very funny with a very dark side as well.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Moriarty does it again A great book that will keep you guessing until the end. Big little lies is a must read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Swift moving This book just drags you through it. A nice light read in that it doesn't involve a ton of heavy intellectual lifting, but that is exactly what I enjoyed - it does include some dark moments and the whole thing is piecing together events leading up to a death. A great plot, some very interesting characters, and an excellent 'peek behind the curtains' to remind us all that what we see on the surface of other people's lives is not usually the whole story.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! This quote from the final page pretty much sums up this book – I felt like screaming those final two words so many times throughout. I went into Big Little Lies knowing very little about the plot, just that this is a well-loved book, and I was looking for something to break up some of the dark content I have been reading lately. This book, however, is a slap in the face. The story revolves around many women, but the focus is on the interconnections between Madeline, Jane, and Celeste. Initially, this reads as a witty take on modern day motherhood, and the judgments that we place on others. We have the yoga mom, the hot-mess mom, the put together mom, and so on – stereotypes and facades that we assign to others with as a way to justify our own choices. As we begin to learn more about Celeste and Jane the story opens in breadth, leaving the reader with boundless questions. Moriarty pulls you so eloquently into her world, that you become deeply invested before you’re aware of it. Without spoiling anything, I must say that Celeste was the character I felt most deeply invested in. Her “little lies”, were ultimately the biggest, and I wanted nothing more for her to find her voice early on – I wanted to send strength to her through the pages. Marriage was about compromise. “Honey, if you really like that girlie, antique look, I’ll get you the real thing…That is just a cheap, tacky rip-off.” When he said things like that, she heard “You’re cheap and tacky”. She would take her time setting up this place with cheap, tacky thing that she liked. Jane often broke my heart, her self-loathing ran so deep: Intellectually, I know I’m not ugly, I’m perfectly acceptable. But I feel ugly, because one man said it was so, and that made it so. I highlighted a ton of quotes and moments while reading this book, and I would love to share more but they would reveal too much. This book was a total surprise to me – I went into it thinking I would enjoy it, but not at all expecting to love it as much as I did. Moriarty wraps this story up so perfectly, I couldn’t have asked for more. I am looking forward to digging into another of Moriarty’s books soon! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! She is definitely my favorite author. All of her books avec really good. They keep you captivated from the beginning to the end. I would always recommend her books to anyone!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book First of Liane Moriarty's books that I read, and it convinced me to buy all her books. Great read!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating This one was over 400 pages that read like less than 300. I was thoroughly captivated, found this to be brilliant in plot, structure and tone. I devoured it in one sitting (or perhaps a five hour road trip, I was the passenger). Liane Moriarty has done it again.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING BOOK This book got me hooked from page one. This is the best one so far from Moriarty, a must read!!!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! #plumreview I really loved this book, it kept me guessing until the end and I really loved the main characters.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! I read this book in one sitting, it was pretty much impossible to walk away from it. Moriarty does a wonderful job of teasing just enough to keep you guessing about the twists!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was the first Liane Moriarty book I read and I have since read all of her books. A page turner that I could not put down and read in one sitting - it's a book that draws you in. I love the twists and how Moriarty brings everything together in the end! A must read!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liane's best! Literally couldn't put the book down. Stayed up until 1:30am to finish it even though I have a midterm in the morning so that should say something. I loved that the mystery just carried through the whole book. Even though it's a light fun read about gossipy moms, there's always the mystery from chapter one that you know someone is going to die and you just keep trying to figure out who but really you don't want it to be any of the people you think it will be. I could go on but instead I just recommend other people read it for themselves.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!! Amazing read with some crazy twists that you don't see coming. A fun easy read for all.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and intriguing This book was great. Flew through it. Light, funny, page turner and mysterious!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great! One of my favourites of hers, and I like them all.
Date published: 2016-07-05

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Chapter 1That doesn’t sound like a school trivia night,” said Mrs. Patty Ponder 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 sunglasse leaning across their steering wheels to call out terribly urgent information about Harriett’s ballet and Charlie’s speechtherapy.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, trotting 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 floating 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 baffling 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 conflict 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 nineties, 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.Chapter 2Six 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 person. 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 Madeline 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 dangerouslyinto 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 flipping 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 flip of an ankle.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Big Little Lies“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“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)“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“Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise “perfect” family unit…Highly recommended.”—Library Journal  (starred review)“Irresistible…Exposing the fault lines in what looks like perfection is a specialty of Liane Moriarty… Moriarty’s sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning the pages to find out.”—People Magazine "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“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.”—"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 juicy drama.”—People Stylewatch“Not your average mommy novel. It’s a juicy, twisted murder mystery replete with themes of marital abuse and self-denial…The perfect mindless beach read.”—“Suburbia is about to get a lot more scandalous.”—Closer Weekly "The Aussie author of last year’s runaway hit The Husband’s Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three women."—"It’s no mystery why Liane Moriarty is a summer staple: with wit and compassion...[she] keeps it real."—Family Circle“Riveting and insightful…Moriarty has crafted a great summer read full of perceptive glimpses into the many guises of human relationships: mother-child, husband-wife (and ex-wife) and above all, the strong bond of female friendships.”—Bookpage"Deservedly popular Moriarty invigorates … women’s fiction through wit, good humor, sharp insight into human nature and addictive storytelling."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)