Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

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 top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Mad...

Details Big Little Lies

TitleBig Little Lies
Release DateJul 29th, 2014
Number of pages460 pages
GenreFiction, Mystery, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Adult, Audiobook, Adult Fiction, Cultural, Australia, Book Club, Thriller

Reviews Big Little Lies

  • Ann
    Probably the funniest book about murder and domestic abuse I'll ever read.
  • Diane S ☔
    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. Humor...
  • Nancy McFarlane
    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 t...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Read for Book Riot's 2017 Read Harder reading challenge: #11 Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your locationI was SO not expecting to love this as much as I did. dang.*review (still) to come*
  • Marina Finlayson
    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...
  • Aestas Book Blog
    "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, ...
  • 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 ident...
  • Deanna
    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 throug...
  • Kristin (KC)
    *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 fantast...
  • 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...
  • Elyse
    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....
  • 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.
  • Justin
    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 ...
  • Suzanne
    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 ...
  • Laz
    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 everyth...
  • Andrew Smith
    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 alread...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: “We deserve to be left in peace. A parent is dead. The entire school community is grieving.”“Hmmmmm, I wouldn’t say the entire school community is grieving. That might be a stretch.” There begins our tale. A parent has died at the local elementary’s “Audrey & Elvis” fundraising trivia night and the cops are trying to figure out if any shenanigans were afoot. A quick rew...
  • Zoeytron
    I was less than enamored with Truly Madly Guilty, my first book by this author. But this one, this one! Reading this novel was like eating ice cream. Yes, it had a guilty pleasure feel about it, but who cares? Loved every minute reading of the helicopter parents, PTA nightmares, school politics, gifted kids versus "normal" children, bullying, sharp-eared mothers, mommy cliques, rivalries and jealousies, obsessions with weight, it was one of those...
  • Katie
    One of the most entertaining books I have ever read - equal parts dark and hilarious. I highly recommend the audiobook.
  • Maureen
    I am VERY emotional right now but this book was SO GOOD. SO GOOD.There were so many elements of things that made it good. The narrative was set up expertly. The characters seemed so real and so vivid. The setting was great and the plot was great and everything was GREAT. It's suspenseful and dark and crazy and wonderful. It's a twist on a murder mystery and it does it so well.This book also deals with darker issues like domestic abuse and rape, a...
  • Jennifer
    On the surface, Big Little Lies is a story about the political minefield that is the "mom" social circle. There is a clear hierarchy in these infamous groups, but just like any other groups of people with commonalities, some are supportive and some are toxic. We see a bit of both in the characters here. But the heart of Big Little Lies revolves around all the things that happen behind closed doors, both present-day and past...all the things we do...
  • Brandi
    What is Big Little Lies about?Parents behaving badlyBullyingDomestic AbuseMurderWithin the first few pages, it is revealed that all hell has broken loose at the annual Pirriwee Public School fund raiser. Something bad has happened, but the details are not clear. So the reader is sent back to 6 months before the event. Big Little Lies is told from the POV of 3 of the kindergarten parents. “All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings...
  • Anna Spargo-Ryan
    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.
  • Brenda
    Another great read from Liane Moriarty that I really enjoyed! BIG LITTLE LIES is a dark and comical mystery with small lies, big lies and dangerous lies that surrounds a parents night out at an elementary fundraiser where something goes terribly wrong. It’s a clever, gossipy and amusing story filled with kindergarten drama but also deals with serious situations such as stereotyping, bullying, and domestic violence.The story has a large cast of ...
  • Dem
    A great entertaining read. Perfect for sunny days on the beach or fresh Autumn windy days or maybe dark cold winter nights wrapped up on the couch. OK ! To be honest this is just a great read anytime anywhere. " They say its good to let your grudges go, but I don't know, I'm quite fond of my grudge, I tend it like a little pet" (Quote from Big Little Lies) I really enjoyed this Novel and don't think I will be able to stand at the school gates an...
  • Christine
    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 Ten...
  • Luffy
    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 who can she top this book. It's an original ...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    This is a subversive comedy which delivers the story of three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. We follow the three mothers, Madeline, Jane and Celeste as we are guided through all the events that led to a death at a school function.I found this story a bit slow at times but I was invested enough in the mystery aspect of the plot to continue until I started forming attachments to the characte...
  • Helen Stavraki
    Κανείς δεν είδε το παραμικρό....Η ιστορία μας αρχίζει με έναν θάνατο, με έναν φόνο. Δεν γνωρίζουμε ουτε το θύμα ουτε το θύτη. Γι'αυτό και το ενδιαφέρον μένει αμείωτο ως το αναπάντεχο τέλος. Δεν πρόκειται σε καμία περίπτωση για αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα...
  • helen the bookowl
    This book gives you a really interesting, however scary insight into what it's like to be a mother to small children. Following different kinds of women who all have children in the same school, we quickly realize that there is competition going on between everyone and it's hard to survive this game. Naturally, the competition comes with lies, as well as tension, and besides from it being entertaining to read about, it's combined with a murder my...