Description This is published as Big Little Lies in Australia and the United States. Liane Moriarty, million copy selling author of The Husband's Secret brings us another addictive story of secrets and scandal. Jane hasn't lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste - two women with seemingly perfect lives ...and their own secrets behind closed doors. But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder...Praise for Liane Moriarty: 'Cleverly plotted, full of suspense, pulls you in from the first page'. (Sunday Mirror). 'Gripping, acutely observed, thought-provoking and funny'. (Marie Claire). 'The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling'. (Good Housekeeping). 'A tense, page-turning story ...a great read'. (Mail on Sunday). 'The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable'. (Sophie Hannah). Liane Moriarty is the author of six novels including Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and The Husband's Secret, which was a million copy bestseller and won the most popular Richard and Judy book club title for the autumn 2013 book club. Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.
(Big) Little Lies - Staff Choice by Simone Don't be fooled by the cover of this book, it is actually quite a hefty read.
The book details the daily troubles of Jane, Celeste and Madeline and their families, having to deal with a school bully, an abusive husband and raising a child without a father, leading up to the day of a special school event.
In between the chapters are short statements made to the police, by various teachers and parents, which detail their opinion of what went on during this tumultuous period. Along the lines of "I thought she looked really angry that day, and her husband was pretty upset as well"
This book was very enjoyable to read, it made me think more about first impressions and judgements, and the in-between statements (just like Reality TV!) really helped build up the tension towards the end.