Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

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From the author of Nine Perfect Strangers, Truly Madly Guilty, and The Husband's Secret comes the #1 New York Times bestselling novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What's indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She's funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 38mm | 680g
  • Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0399167064
  • 9780399167065
  • 31,579

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Praise for Big Little Lies

"Ms. Moriarty's long-parched fans have something new to dig into...Big Little Lies [may have] even more staying power than The Husband's Secret."--The New York Times

"Funny and thrilling, page-turning but with emotional depth, Big Little Lies is a terrific follow-up to The Husband's Secret."--Booklist (starred review)

"Big Little Lies tolls a warning bell about the big little lies we tell in order to survive. It takes a powerful stand against domestic violence even as it makes us laugh at the adults whose silly costume party seems more reminiscent of a middle-school dance."--The Washington Post

"Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise "perfect" family unit...Highly recommended."--Library Journal (starred review)

"Irresistible...Exposing the fault lines in what looks like perfection is a specialty of Liane Moriarty... Moriarty's sly humor and razor-sharp insights will keep you turning the pages to find out."--People Magazine

The secrets burrowed in this seemingly placid small town...are so suburban noir they would make David Lynch clap with glee...[Moriarty] is a fantastically nimble writer, so sure-footed that the book leaps between dark and light seamlessly; even the big reveal in the final pages feels earned and genuinely shocking."--Entertainment Weekly

"If you're looking for a novel that will turn you into a compulsive book-finisher look no further. Moriarty has produced another gripping, satirical hit...It's can't-put-downability comes from its darker subplots...A book that will make you appreciate the long days of summer."

Reading one [of Liane Moriarty's novels] is a bit like drinking a pink cosmo laced with arsenic...a fun, engaging and sometimes disturbing read...Moriarty is back in fine form.--USA Today

"A juicy drama."--People Stylewatch

"Not your average mommy novel. It's a juicy, twisted murder mystery replete with themes of marital abuse and self-denial...The perfect mindless beach read."

"Suburbia is about to get a lot more scandalous."--Closer Weekly

The Aussie author of last year's runaway hit The Husband's Secret comes back with another winning and wise novel that intertwines the lives of three

It's no mystery why Liane Moriarty is a summer staple: with wit and compassion...[she] keeps it real.--Family Circle

"Riveting and insightful...Moriarty has crafted a great summer read full of perceptive glimpses into the many guises of human relationships: mother-child, husband-wife (and ex-wife) and above all, the strong bond of female friendships."--Bookpage

Deservedly popular Moriarty invigorates ... women's fiction through wit, good humor, sharp insight into human nature and addictive storytelling.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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About Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Truly Madly Guilty, Big Little Lies, The Husband's Secret, The Hypnotist's Love Story, and What Alice Forgot. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.
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Rating details

845,466 ratings
4.28 out of 5 stars
5 47% (396,300)
4 39% (325,981)
3 11% (95,698)
2 2% (17,665)
1 1% (9,822)

Our customer reviews

I can't express how much I loved this book! There is so much suspense and Liane keeps you guessing right up until the end. I know that's an over-used line, but quite honestly, everytime something was revealed, I was shocked, then amazed and in awe at how much sense it actually made. But i'm not too sure if it's just me that didn't see these events occuring or i'm just slow... I think it was because I wasn't in the right mood when I started off this book but I do have to say that I did get ever so slightly bored in some parts, but to tell you the truth, I don't even consider this a negative because the overall amazing-ness of this book blew my mind. I finished it a month ago and when I do think about the book, the ending and how everything was summed up is still mind-boggling in the best way possible! There were some serious issues brought up, but that's just what makes the book even better. I can't word it exactly how I want but other than the obvious entertainment, the themes and issues make the book seem even more worth the read when you can think back on it, raise those questions in your mind, and then experience all those emotions again; shock, happiness, relief, sympathy I feel like i'm actually a bystander in all the scenes of the book, which is why this text is brilliant. This is a solid 5 and in my top 10 books ever read :)show more
by Maddy Tsetong
I loved this book, A light funny read, full of suspense. Can we have a movie or tv mini series please, I'd like cate blanchett as Celeste, Rachel griffiths as renate, Toni collette in there somewhere. I'd have sophie Lowe as bonnie, Please make this for me!show more
by Cathy
Oh what a decadent and dangerously addictive book this is! It is your every guilty pleasure between two covers. I warn you, you will not be able to put it down. Thanks to Liane Moriarty I lost hours of much needed sleep and woke up cranky but still wanting more Big Little Lies. The story mostly focuses on three main characters: Madeline â?? a stylish and high-spirited mum whose ex-husbandâ??s daughter attends the same school as her kids; Jane â?? a young, single mum who is new to the area; and Celeste â?? a beautiful and rich stay-at-home mum with rambunctious twin boys. The events and interactions between the mums of Pirriwee Public School all lead up to a dramatic drunken riot and the tragic death of one parent. Police suspect murder. The wonderful thing about this book is that not only are you guessing â??who-dunnitâ??, but also you donâ??t know who died til the very end either. It is a two-for-the-price-of-one mystery. Donâ??t let the size of the book deter you. This is an easy and satisfying read. Moriarty is a gifted storyteller; her writing is effortless and enticing. I felt like I knew some of these characters (Oh calamity! I probably do!). The mothers of Pirriwee could represent those at any primary school, squabbling over who was invited to a party, gossiping about an unconfirmed affair and always trying to outdo each other. While I had to laugh at the antics of the school mums (and admit, took a certain amount of glee from their petty feuds), there are some very real and serious issues that are dealt with in this book. Bullying, domestic abuse and body image issues all play an important role. Big Little Lies is a highly entertaining, funny yet thought-provoking novel. I will be recommending it to all my friends, book club and perhaps highlighting a couple of paragraphs for a select few Kindy more
by Natasha Last
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