Parenting in 2014 is not a supportive, cooperative effort in most places. In fact, it has become so fierce that it was only a matter of time before a novel exposed the ugliness of competitive parenting resulting in murder.
In a small seaside suburb, Jane is a young single mother sending her son, Ziggy off to his first year of Kindergarten. She is hoping to make new friends and start a new life for herself and for her boy, but nothing could prepare her for the power parents of gifted and talented children, the Type A PTA moms and the lies they tell to protect their dirty little secrets.
Liane Moriarty lets readers know from the very beginning that there was an incident at the school event that resulted in murder. The pages will not turn fast enough. Not only will you want to find out what happened, how, to whom and by whom, but you will also want to uncover all the skeletons in the closets of the residents of this upscale seaside town. Like a fly on the wall next to the juiciest of conversations, readers will laugh and delight at how insane these deluded parents behave, and how their children end up in the crossfire.
I know I sound nuts that a book can "delight" readers with a murder at the core of the story. Trust me. This is entertaining stuff.
I actually enjoyed Big Little Lies more than Moriarty's most recent bestseller, The Husband's Secret. Liane Moriarty is a gifted storyteller with unique ideas and compelling characters. One of my new favorite authors!
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About the Author:
Liane Moriarty is the author of five novels, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story, and the best-selling Three Wishes and The Husband’s Secret. The Husband’s Secret reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list, was a number one bestseller in the UK, sold close to two million copies worldwide, has been optioned for a film, and will be translated into more than thirty-five languages. Moriarty lives in Sydney with her husband, son, and daughter.
*An advanced review copy of this book was provided by the publisher