Book Reviews

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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The kindergarten moms at Pirriwee Public School sure know how to keep things interesting in the beautiful peninsula town. Despite the crazy balancing acts of the career moms and the never-ending chores of the stay-at-home moms, everybody still has fun. Everybody still knows everybody. And nothing still ever goes unnoticed.

Twenty-four-year old single mother Jane Chapman moved to Pirriwee with her five-year-old son Ziggy to start a new life. The past few years had been tough for both mother and son, and moving to a different place seemed like a good idea. There’s just something so peaceful and inviting about Pirriwee, and Jane feels like they could really make a home here. The other kindergarten moms Jane has met are all friendly and accommodating, especially Madeline and Celeste, and Ziggy has never felt happier or more excited to be in school. But when one girl from Ziggy’s class points the finger at him for a choking and bullying incident in school, the other kindergarten moms unleash their wrath on the newcomers, and Jane is forced to rethink her decision of staying in Pirriwee for good.

Celeste White is movie star gorgeous and married to a ridiculously wealthy man. They live with their adorable twin sons Max and Josh in a million dollar home that has a spectacular view of the Pirriwee beach. On the outside, they paint a picture of a loving family, with a husband who is head over heels in love with his wife, and a father who will do everything just to make his children happy. But not everything is what it seems, and there are far more horrific things that take place behind closed doors in the White household.

Madeline Mackenzie just turned forty. She and her husband Ed are not filthy rich like their friends Celeste and Perry, but they have a comfortable life in a nice home living with Abigail, Madeline’s fourteen-year-old daughter from her previous marriage, and the young ones, Chloe and Fred. Madeline has been told that her heart is in the right place, but everything comes flying out the window once her temper or her mouth takes over. Though one can’t really blame Madeline. After all, not every woman can deal with an ex-husband and his new family living in the same town, his daughter from his new wife attending the same kindergarten with her kids, and her own teenage daughter moving out to live with her ex-husband’s new family.

And then everything unravels tragically at Trivia Night, and their lives are never the same again.

The story begins from the day after the Trivia Night tragedy to the series of comical and heartbreaking events that led to it. Instantly I was hooked, my curiosity piqued. My CSI senses kicked in, but the story was brilliantly crafted and well plotted that I never saw that one coming. The story lures you in and you can’t help but be truly engrossed with the secret lives of these characters.

I especially loved that twist towards the end of the book, and I thought that was a really satisfying ending. The book is oftentimes humorous, but also tackles the more serious issues of bullying and domestic violence in a very sensitive manner. Fans will not be disappointed. This is another heart-wrenching, unputdownable book that you will hungrily read through.


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