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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
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Hardcover, 460 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Berkley
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Kaya All of her books raise some serious questions about what you'd be willing to stake for your family and friends given the different story lines she…moreAll of her books raise some serious questions about what you'd be willing to stake for your family and friends given the different story lines she uses. My friends and I call her books "heavy chick lit" because they're easy to read but delve into some serious stuff. We've used Three Wishes as a book club book and want to use The Husband's Secret. I think this one would be great as well. (less)

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Ann
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Probably the funniest book about murder and domestic abuse I'll ever read.
Diane S ☔
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one was 480 pgs. that read like less than 300. I was thoroughly captivated, found this to be brilliant in plot, structure and tone. Gulped it right down.

On the surface this was about a group of parents whose children were starting kindergarten. We have the typical cliques, the do-goobers and many, many who think their children are oh so special.Over parenting to a T. Working moms against stay at home moms, fulfillment vs. involvement. Humorously told, there are so many times this book had
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Roxane
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
No, I haven’t seen the TV show. This book is fine. It’s certainly readable and hard to put down. I enjoyed reading Big Little Lies. But it’s shallow. Yes, it deals with domestic violence and sexual assault and the pressures and pettiness of white middle class and upper class womanhood when it comes to their social lives and their children and so on, but everything here is easy, frothy. And that’s fine. Not every book needs to carry the weight of the world. But at the same time, some of what this ...more
Nancy McFarlane
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Liane Moriarty has done it again – written a book that kept me up way too late because I couldn’t put it down. She has a knack for creating characters who are so believable they could easily be someone you know. Big Little Lies is a story of parents acting badly. It is also a smart and witty story about the real lives of children, teens, friends, husbands, wives, second wives, and exes. You are teased from the beginning with something awful that happens at the annual Pirriwee Public School fund ...more
Marina Finlayson
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know how sometimes you get to the end of a book and you wish you could wipe it from your mind, just so you could have the pleasure of reading it for the first time again?

This is one of those books.

I can't think of another author off the top of my head who does relationships so well and with such humour as Liane Moriarty. Her characters love and laugh, rub each other up the wrong way, extend the hand of friendship, spread gossip, resolve to do better, cry and keep secrets -- just like real pe
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Raeleen Lemay
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder reading challenge: #11 Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location

I was SO not expecting to love this as much as I did. dang.

*review (still) to come*
Justin
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think Stephen King summed up Big Little Lies perfectly when he said it is "a hell of a book, funny and scary." I found it to be like the first two seasons of Desperate Housewives before the show started to slowly fall apart (and I've seen every episode so I feel like I'm right... right about the comparison to the book and the fact that the show was never all that great after the first two seasons, but the bigger question is why did I watch all of the show in the first place, and I'll never rea ...more
Debbie
If I said I loved this one, it would be a Big Fat Lie. But I definitely LIKED it, despite the rough beginning.

Here is my love story with Moriarty books, and it doesn’t stay all lovey-dovey, I’ll tell you that. But that sounds dramatic—I need to say that I don’t hate her books now, it’s just that the honeymoon is way over. I became an avid fan after reading What Alice Forgot, which is about a woman who hits her head and forgets her identity. I thought it was completely brilliant, and it made me t
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Aestas Book Blog
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites


"A murder. A tragic accident....
Someone is dead. But who did what?"

WOAHHHH!!!! This book was freaking amazing!!! 

It was a total genre change for me -- this is women's fiction and mystery, not romance -- but I was just in the kind of mood where I was craving something totally different than what I usually read.... so I tried this one! And I was BEYOND impressed with it.

Like holy WOW impressed.

The writing was  fantastic  — starkly honest, detailed, introspective, observant, multi-sided… the s
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Deanna
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
No lie...I loved this book :)

I read this book almost exactly a year ago. I didn't write a review as back then I usually updated that I read a book and gave it a rating. Plus it had a zillion ratings so I didn't bother. Looking at the reviews it seems to have quite a range of ratings.

But recently I decided to write a short one as I recently heard what I thought was exciting news. Well exciting for me as a lover of this book!!

I was looking through the new line-up of fall TV shows and came across
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Loved this book more after the show and a re/read



I love how the three women became close friends. I loved how Madeline took Jane and Ziggy in and was a truly great friend. And she's funny too.



Madeline has a husband and three kids, one of which she shares with her ex-husband. She's not happy about any of this but it is what it is. And it makes her a bit crazy which is understandable.




Jane is a single mom to Ziggy whom she loves very much. Jane's has a sad story too but I'm so glad she had so ma
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Maxwell
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, kindle
I can't NOT give this book 5 stars. There's truly nothing I didn't like about it. It's one of those special books that completely captured my attention—while I was reading it, I was lost in the characters' lives. And that's one of the things that makes this book soooo good: the characters. Moriarty is a master at crafting vivid characters from the first page. I felt like with each introduction of a new character, I had a grasp on their personality pretty quickly. But they weren't boiled down to ...more
Elyse
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Note: To My friends I've already had discussions about this book 'while' reading it (several of us were reading it together) -- You might be surprise to see me giving this book 3 Stars.

I'm sure you thought I might give it 1 star --or 2 stars. I was planning on it!!!! I think there are TONS of PROBLEMS with this novel ---and there is MUCH I DO NOT LIKE about this BOOK --

However --Approx. the last 58 pages make a strong 'punch' --my rating goes UP.

First let me talk about the problems:
The author t
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Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
*4 Stars*

Big Little Lies is an engaging story filled with murder and mystery, centering on the lives of three “school moms” and their problematic circumstances.

I've never watched the show, but this book gave me a sort of sinister, Desperate Housewives vibe.

This story is told in third-person narrative and methodically shifts focus between these three unstable women as the plot slowly creeps up to the night of the murder.

The writing was fantastic: Intelligent, realistic, and held my interest prett
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Candace
I didn't think that I would ever finish this audiobook. I liked this story, but it took a long time for me to get into. Initially, I had a hard time keeping the mothers and their children straight. Once I had finally got that straight, the story seemed to move a long a little faster, but not by much. I know a lot of people loved this book, but I guess it just didn't knock my socks off. I had high hopes for this book and feel a little let down. It was good, but not as great as I'd been expecting. ...more
Kaceey - Traveling Sister
5 huge stars. I’d give it 6 if I could!

This was one of the most captivating books I’ve read. An emotional joy-ride and an absolute favorite!
Based in a small exclusive coastal town in Australia. It’s orientation day into kindergarten when one boy is accused of choking a little girl. For the parents it’s a moment when bonds are formed and lines are drawn in the sand.

A full complement of emotions are cleverly weaved throughout. Laughter, tears, smiles and pain. Three wonderful friends (Madeline, C
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Kai
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, 2018
someone hand me a bucket for all these emotions QUICKLY I DONT KNOW WHERE TO PUT THEM HOW ABOUT A TUB

full review to come
Susanne Strong
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Wickedly Delightful Stars!

Well color me SHOCKED! Liane Moriarty wrote a book I actually liked. A LOT. BAAH!

To be frank, I didn’t think it possible.. I’ve read two of her others and they were just ok – but this one was kind of fabulous. It was believable, captivating, compelling, hilarious and sad all at the same time. And the DRAMA!! Oh boy!


Little Big Lies is about Women. Strong Independent Women. Crazy Catty Women. Women who take sides against each other, sometimes for good reason, som
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Luffy
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thought, first off the bat, that the three main characters of Jane, Celeste, and Madeline sound a bit like one person. Sure, Madeline curses a lot, but the inner emotions of each is not so different from the others.

This hiccup aside, the rest of the inhabitants, their relationships with each other is presented with almost scientific relish. The author is very much on top of her game, and I don't know how can she top this book. It's an original take on an old idea which is an endorsement, make
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Wendy Darling
If you had hoped for something more from the much-lauded Landline, look no further than Liane Moriarty. She writes well-plotted, engrossing, and incredibly funny stories with believable women that also happen to put marriage and friendship under a microscope. Every book I've read by this author has been terrific.
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would!
Can't wait to watch the TV series!

UPDATE: The TV series isn't as good as the book. The ending was disappointing compare to it!
Suzanne
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was perfect. Yes, I had a couple of reservations initially. Lunches and coffees at the cafe, almost daily?? (Only cause I can't do it!). All the chatter about heels and fashion and this and that. But!! Liane Moriarty captured the internal dialogue perfectly, amazingly. So many times the mums were thinking things that do happen. The internal thoughts were spot on. Image, rivalry, one-up-manship, self perception and the shakey ground that so many girls and women find themselves in in reg ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الأمهات، العمر وسن اليأس، العنف الأسري، الخيانة والطلاق
المدارس، التنمر، الجرح النفسي..الأسرار..و..الأكاذيب الصغيرة الكبيرة

“كل خلاف إن تتبعته لبدايته ستجد سببه أن أحدهم قد جرحت مشاعره”
إن اعجبك مسلسل ”ربات البيوت اليائسات“ ستقع في عشق هذه الرواية

قال عنها ستيفين كينج ”كتاب جيد جهنمي، ظريف ومرعب“، ورشحته أوبرا وينفري لمن يبحث عن رواية لا تقاوم أن تتركها حتي تنهيها

“'لا اعتقد أن أي حد، حتي الشرطة، لديهم أدني فكرة عن 'من فعل ماذا”
حتي ما بعد منتصف الرواية لن تعرف من فعل ماذا، ولماذا...ستظل لا تقاوم معرف
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Paromjit
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
This is my first read of a Liane Moriarty book and I have to admit I found it engaging and entertaining. Set in Australia in a Sydney suburb, it has the measure of certain small communities and focuses on three women. Madeline is feeling bitter about her ex-husband and his new family, Celeste is beautiful, thin, and rich, seems to have everything including the envy of other women, and incomer Jane become friends on a orientation day at their childrens' kindergarten at Pirriwee Public School, Its ...more
Elise (TheBookishActress)
This book is a feminist masterpiece.

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I read this... after I watched the Hulu miniseries. (Don't hit me.) But it was one of the best tv shows I've ever seen, leaving me sobbing for thirty minutes straight and completely, utterly shook. So I read the book version as quickly as possible, and what can I say? I really liked it. While I think the miniseries is at times a bit darker in vibe than the book, they're both just so, so excellent.

This book does something rather brilliant: it begins in a ever
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Anna Spargo-Ryan
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
This wasn't for me, I'm afraid. The false suspense drove me bananas; it just seemed like lazy storytelling. I found the characters to be surface level only, and some pretty serious subject matter to be treated with much less sensitivity than it deserved.
Christine
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Suzanne personally 5
Shelves: aussie
I had Big Little Lies buried on my to-read list for over a year. I want to thank one of my lovely Goodreads friends Suzanne for suggesting I push it to the top of the mountain.

Big Little Lies is a several-month slice of life in the universe of grade school parents in a coastal town located in Australia. Not having children, this setting fascinated me, especially since it was nothing like when I was a grade schooler in the late 1950s/1960s in Tennessee. Parents did not get into heavy politics an
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Andrew Smith
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t sure about this one at first. I’d seen some good ratings for it and I liked the idea of a book set in Australia, somewhere I’ve visited (briefly) but have hardly touched in a literary sense. And then it started weirdly, with a whole host of quotes from characters I hadn’t yet been introduced to. Something about a trivia night at a school, some trouble kicked-off and somebody was hurt, or maybe even killed. It was losing me already and I’d hardly started. One pet hate of mine is any book ...more
AMEERA
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
this book made me losing my mind all the time just i wanna know who doing this to Amabella and after all that this book just hit me in the face and said *surprise mother fuckers*
Laz
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Let's sum up this book with two words:

"Oh, calamity!"


What a pleasant surprise. When I picked this up I expected some sorts of a predictable, dull book about lies and family, etc. What I read though far exceeds those two. It's more of a family thriller. What does that mean? I just came up with it. It's about the horrors between families, the hardships. Not just the good stuff, leaving out all the bad.

Mrs. Moriarty takes care to include everything in this book. From teenage nightmares to the u
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Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist's Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

Her breakout novel The Husband's Secret sold over three million copies worldwide, was a number 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and has
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