Saturday, August 29, 2015

Big Little Lies

By Liane Moriarity

Set in a small beachside community in Australia, Big Little Lies tells the story of three friends: Madeline who is funny, passionate and ready to fight against any injustice (real or perceived); Jane, a young, unwed mother who is new to town and harbors secrets about her son's father; Celeste, a beautiful and very wealthy woman who appears to have it all, but is secretly living a nightmare.

These three women have children entering kindergarten at Pirriwee Public School. Although their backgrounds and personalities are very different, these mothers bond and become close friends who stand up for each other and keep their deepest secrets safe.

Liane Moriarity has been compared to Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl). I see a similarity in the writing style: the story begins with a tragic event, which is actually the end of the story, and the remainder of the book goes back in time and moves forward again until the tragic event is explained through narratives and interviews from different prespectives.

I really enjoyed the pacing and the relationship between the characters while trying to figure out the clues!

~ Paula

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