Sunday, August 3, 2014

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Hardcover and e-book, 480 pages
Published July 29th, 2014 by Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 

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.

My thoughts about Big Little Lies ~~

I am a big fan of Liane Moriaty and was excited to be able to read her newest book, Big Little Lies. She definitely has another winner on her hands. And how can you not just love this cover?

Big Little Lies is a look at the lives of three women and the secrets, or maybe I should say lies, that they are keeping. And as it usually is in small communities, all of theirs lives are intertwined and sometimes things get messy.

Liane writes some great characters into this story, some of them I would love to be friends with, especially Madeline. She just gets out there and sticks up for her friends when they have a problem, no matter what.

None of the women in this story are perfect and all of them have some issue or secret that they are keeping from the rest of the town, and from their closest friends. Big Little Lies teaches us a great lesson in that nothing is as it seems and that we shouldn't just assume that our neighbors have the wonderful life that they show to everyone else.

About the author 

Liane was born on a beautiful November day in 1966 in Sydney. A few hours after she was born, she smiled directly at her father through the nursery glass window, which is remarkable, seeing as most babies can’t even focus their eyes at that age.

Her first word was ‘glug’. This was faithfully recorded in the baby book kept by her mother. (As the eldest of six children, Liane was the only one to get a baby book so she likes to refer to it often.)

As a child, she loved to read, so much so that school friends would cruelly hide their books when she came to play. She still doesn’t know how to go to sleep at night without first reading a novel for a very long time in a very hot bath.

She can’t remember the first story she ever wrote, but she does remember her first publishing deal. Her father ‘commissioned’ her to write a novel for him and paid her an advance of $1.00. She wrote a three volume epic called, ‘The Mystery of Dead Man’s Island’

After leaving school, Liane began a career in advertising and marketing. She became quite corporate for a while and wore suits and worried a lot about the size of her office. She eventually left her position as marketing manager of a legal publishing company to run her own (not especially successful) business called The Little Ad Agency. After that she worked as (a more successful, thankfully) freelance advertising copywriter, writing everything from websites and TV commercials to the back of the Sultana Bran box.

She also wrote short stories and many first chapters of novels that didn’t go any further. The problem was that she didn’t actually believe that real people had novels published. Then one day she found out that they did, when her younger sister Jaclyn Moriarty called to say that her (brilliant, hilarious, award-winning) novel, Feeling Sorry for Celia was about to be published.

In a fever of sibling rivalry, Liane rushed to the computer and wrote a children’s book called The Animal Olympics, which went on to be enthusiastically rejected by every publisher in Australia.

She calmed down and enrolled in a Masters degree at Macquarie University in Sydney. As part of that degree, she wrote her first novel, Three Wishes. It was accepted by the lovely people at Pan Macmillan and went on to be published around the world. (Her latest books are published by the equally lovely people at Penguin in both the US and the UK)

Since then she has written two more novels for adults, as well as a series of books for children.

Liane is now a full-time author. She lives in Sydney with her husband, her new baby daughter Anna, and her son George, who likes to sit on her lap while she works, helpfully smashing his fist against the keyboard and suggesting that she might prefer to be watching the Wiggles instead.

Once upon a time she went heli-skiing and skydiving* and scuba diving. These days she goes to the park and ‘Gymbaroo’ and sings ‘I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock’ at swimming lessons. She has discovered that the adrenaline burst you experience from jumping out of a plane is remarkably similar to the one you get when your toddler makes a run for it in a busy car park

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  1. Thanks for the great post and review. Yes...I LOVE the cover.

    I have this book too. I loved The Husband's Secret. Looking forward to reading Big Little Lies.

    Have a great Sunday.


  2. I loved this book although it is called Little Lies here in the UK. Both The Husband's Secret and What Alice Were Forgot were great too. My next one is going to be The Hypnotist's Love Story. Great review, I agree this is very much a moral story on not judging a book by its cover!

  3. I loved this book tremendously, and when it was over, I was sad to say goodbye to the characters.

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