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Publisher's Summary

Originally published as 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. 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.

Please note: This is the same audiobook as Big Little Lies, also available from audible.com

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

Critic Reviews

"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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Brilliant

Loved the story and the narration
Excellent in every way
Recommend it , good messages and reflection on society

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Sensitive issues but made me laugh out loud

I wouldn't have ever thought I'd love a book about a bunch of Aussie kindergarten Moms but this was amazing. It dealt with serious issues really thoughtfully and also made me laugh out loud. The women in this book are awesome too - not perfect but you love them all the more for it.

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Very enjoyable and unpredictable story

My first Liane Moriarty novel. Sadly none of the others have compared to this one. Great plot twists.

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Hard to put down.

I love Caroline Lee's narrating. The characters felt real. Thanks again for a good read. Can't wait for the next one.

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Little Lies

great story. great narrating. I would recommend this book to everyone. I will look for more of this authors books.

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Excellent Narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is an interesting enough story, but the narration is excellent.<br/>The theme of the book is how much of our understanding is based upon appearances instead of reality.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Madeline.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

She's very talented.

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

Not especially.

Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable.

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  • Kathy
  • COPPERAS COVE, TX, United States
  • 05-23-15

Awesome!!! Wonderful!!!

What a great and witty story. Loved the characters. Lots of unexpected plot twist and turns

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Compelling

Compelling story with witty and very recognizable characterization of the usual suspects who people a small town and especially a primary school. Works on many levels and packs a powerful punch.

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Fantastic

At the beginning it can be difficult to segregate the characters, but just keep listening, or make a character map!

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  • Charlene
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • 01-27-15

Deliciously dark

Where does Little Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Fairly high. But I read so many different types of books it's not fair to compare.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She has a real flair for reading Liane's books.

Any additional comments?

The book is so dark and deals with so much tragedy yet it's such a celebration of life in many ways. It, as did The Husband's Secret, reminded me so much of Desperate Housewives in its humour and the way women create bonds.

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  • lissa compton
  • 08-19-14

Fabulous

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is a brilliant read. I love the way that its written. Peoples lives intertwine until you get to the climax.<br/>I read the Husbands secret which was great. Recommended to my book club, everyone loved it.<br/>I think this is better. Will be looking for more novels by this author. Enjoy.

What did you like best about this story?

The ordinary people, with extraordinary events, and coincedences.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

It is read in a very dry pithy way. The delivery is perfect.

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

No Started steady and by chapter 10 couldn t put it down.

Any additional comments?

READ THIS BOOK

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Gavingks
  • 11-06-14

Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

My Wife recommended this without having read it herself. Honestly I started of thinking this was a big mistake. This is a book for women about women. Male characters are very much in second place and I was close to giving in.
That was until about 20% in and then I became addicted and it was 5 star all the way. The Story of middle class families in small town Australia where the incident takes place is simply brilliant. Slow and atmospheric it just hooks you in and you need to know more.
Not just a who done it but also a to whom.
Frighteningly I think I know all the Characters in this book and they all live in my home town in Scotland. That is why this book is so good. You will know the characters
Love this book Thank you

35 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Heidi
  • 08-22-14

Fascinatingly detailed insight into life

Would you consider the audio edition of Little Lies to be better than the print version?

I can't comment as I have not read the print version.

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

I have read one other book by Liane Moriarty and listened to one too so I have to compare Little Lies to these as they are all very detailed about lives of ordinary people in Australian towns.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The authentic accent and pronunciation of place names.

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

No, I always listen in three daily instalments, my journey to and from work in the car and a long dog walk, a total of about two hours per day which is enough for me as I always have another book on the go on my Kindle.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed this insight into life as a kindergarten parent in Australia, thank goodness my own experience was less eventful!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Miss
  • 11-16-14

Great

What did you like most about Little Lies?

I love the narrator, her voice is very calm and soothing. I was gripped from start to finish.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Lies?

When the plot unfolds near the end, I didn't see it coming.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The end scene made me smile, it was nice to hear all loose ends tied up.

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

I laughed and cried reading this book.

Any additional comments?

I didn't want it to end!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Jen
  • 08-18-14

Tense

Wow. I wasn't expecting that. A taut, but easy listen twisting and turning right up to the end. I thought I knew what was going to happen, but loved it that I was wrong. Very believable characters, I was spellbound right up to the end. Wish there were more stories like this.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Fiona
  • 11-02-14

loved this book!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story, easy to listen to narration so yes I would recommend it

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

It made me laugh, shout out loud, be angry, full of different emotions

Any additional comments?

This is a really enjoyable, enthralling book, I couldn't stop listening to it and was disappointed when it finished.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Claire
  • 08-22-14

An absorbing listen

Where does Little Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Different to the type of books I normally listen too, but I'm really glad I chose this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Lies?

The revalation towards the end, before the death, I didn't see that coming.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She had quite an annoying voice and I almost gave up on the book because of it. I'm glad I persevered. She was good at different voices for different characters but less whiny for Madelaine would have been nice!

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

Made me laugh and cry a couple of times.

Any additional comments?

If the narrators voice irritates you, persevere and the story will grip you enough that you don't notice it anymore.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann D
  • 09-21-14

Brilliant! Her best Yet!

What did you like most about Little Lies?

It has left me with a book hangover. Only the best books do that. I feel like I just can't listen to another book for a while, so attached am I to the characters in this one!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Lies?

The scene on the balcony at the school event.

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

No, but it was brilliant. I loved it!

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all of Liane Moriarty's books and this is the best yet!

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine Holyoake
  • 11-20-14

gripping study of modern living

If you could sum up Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

an observation of modern parenting, modern living and school ground politics

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

Not unlike : in the darkest corners , a book about domestic violence. Only in this book it even better portrayed

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

The book was definitely hard to stop, I found myself sitting in the car park waiting for the end of the chapter.

Any additional comments?

The reader reads with a brilliant Kiwi access which enhances the book <br/>download now !

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Lulu
  • 09-19-14

Liane's as Always Captivates You

This turned out to be an EXCELLENT read, intellectually captivating with suspense and a few twists and turns - a real life portrayal of the social pressures than ensue from close knit communities and raising families!!
I do not want to throw up any spoilers - I believe that it's because at the time I read (listened to) the book, there were very few reviews and therefore no spoilers for me, that I persisted through the first few chapters, as frustrating as they are because they throw the reader into the deep end by introducing the crux of the book/story which is, a death at a school function, without shedding a shred of light as to who, why, how or when. Yes, my fellow readers, you must read your way to almost the end of the book to find out the details, and even then, you're left shocked and introduced to a new aspect of the story. But I PROMISE, you won't be bored and you'll always be left in thrilling suspense, with a gnawing need to read on until the whole story unfolds - and when you do, IT'LL BE WELL WORTH YOUR PERSISTENCE AND THOSE HOURS AND HENCE, WELL WORTH YOUR MONEY!! Liane has proved her worth, perfected her unique and brilliant style of writing again, and the brilliant narration brings the characters and story to (real) life!!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful