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Big Little Lies | [Liane Moriarty]

Big Little Lies

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.
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Publisher's Summary

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

©2014 Liane Moriarty (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the Critics Say

"A surefire hit ... 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." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Linda 04-20-15
    Linda 04-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Modern mothers"

    This was a story based on a group of mothers and the dramas in their lives related to being accepted in their social group. It began by portraying these women as being social butterflies but did develop a more interesting story line as the realities of their lives unfolded. It tackled issues such as violence in the home, bullying and the rather nasty discrimination of community members who condemned a child in a very public way based on the story of one child. The outcome seemed a bit over dramatic and I found it difficult to empathise with these modern mums but some of the characters were memorable. Perhaps a book for those who are mothers.

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    ally burgo 03-11-15
    ally burgo 03-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A very easy entertaining read"

    Touches on a lot of themes but didn't delve especially deeply into any of them. Which sounds like a bad review- but I really enjoyed this book. Very light reading without being completely vacuous chic lit which I hate. Recommend for holiday or mid week reading

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    KERRY JOHNSTONE 02-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyable read!"

    This was my first audio book and I loved it!
    God story, great characters and believable narration.

    I'm hooked.

    Thanks!

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    Marti 11-15-14
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    "Very Perceptive"

    This book delivers such delightful insight into human nature, foibles, strengths and weaknesses. The plot line is cleverly drawn, with unexpected twists and turns.
    A recommended read. Five stars. It downloaded perfectly as one book.

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    Janice Dunlop 10-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous Read"
    What made the experience of listening to Big Little Lies the most enjoyable?

    It's not often that I find a book that doesn't ignore the reality of gender relationships whilst at the same time crafts complex characters and tells a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and story made for a real page turner. I also loved the way this writer knew how to write about women as people rather than stereotypes. It was refreshing to have a book that so seamlessly incorporates domestic violence into a dramatic thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love for this book to be made into a movie.

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    Tamara Eltham North, Australia 09-12-14
    Tamara Eltham North, Australia 09-12-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Delightful"
    What made the experience of listening to Big Little Lies the most enjoyable?

    The narration and story are outstanding.


    What other book might you compare Big Little Lies to and why?

    None…its unique and wonderful.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish i could. I am going to have a book hangover with this one.


    Any additional comments?

    i can't say how much i loved this book..i want more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 08-26-14
    Aimee Christchurch, New Zealand 08-26-14 Member Since 2013

    I am a total audiobook addict! I travel quite a bit for work and listen to them while I drive. Always searching for a good author to follow

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    "I love Liane Moriarty books"
    What made the experience of listening to Big Little Lies the most enjoyable?

    The narration by Caroline Lee is lovely to listen to, she narrates all of her books. The story was so well written and kept me waiting to find out what happened at the Trivia Night!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked all of them but for different reasons. I found Jane's story very interesting


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scene where Nathan tells Madeline what their daughters website is about! Don't want to say more and spoil it


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a few giggles about how catty school mums can be. There are some very serious issues that are raised in this book that I didn't see coming, they didn't make me cry but it does make you think.


    Any additional comments?

    Another fantastic book from Liane! I have listened to all of her audiobooks and now I am just hungry for the next one. I got through this one so quickly. Every spare moment I was listening to it. It kept me on edge waiting to find out what happened at the trivia night. I was guessing through the book who I thought would be murdered and who did it! I must say that my guesses were wrong so I was surprised at the end.
    I didn't think she could top "What Alice Forgot" I absolutely loved that book, but I loved this one just as much.
    Now, hurry up and get the next one released please :)

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    Mary 07-28-14
    Mary 07-28-14
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    "Audible only downloaded books 2 & 3""
    What disappointed you about Big Little Lies?

    What a waste of time. I spent one of my credits & was only able to load books 2 & 3. How can you listen to a book in the middle. This has been happening often with Audible. Is it a function of its having been bought by Amazon? In any event don't buy this book unless you want to waste a credit.


    What could Liane Moriarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    How can I tell until I can read the complete book -- Thanks Audible! :-(


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    Not until Audible fixes its download system.


    What character would you cut from Big Little Lies?

    How can I tell until I can read the complete book -- Thanks Audible! :-(


    Any additional comments?

    What a waste of time.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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