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Reviews for Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

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Moriarty's (The Husband's Secret) latest begins with a death in the strangest of places-Pirriwee Public School's annual trivia night. Months earlier, single mother Jane moves with her son, Ziggy, to a quaint beach town. Enrolling Ziggy in a new school, she has a lot to learn about being a kindergarten mom. Outspoken veteran school mom Madeline and Celeste, her beautiful, rich, yet distracted friend, help Jane navigate the social hierarchy of Pirriwee Public. But when Ziggy is accused of bullying, the parents begin to take sides-with Madeline heading the pro-Ziggy front. While Jane is the only parent outwardly judged for her lifestyle (a single mother who "doesn't know" Ziggy's father), other upstanding families quietly deal with infidelity, remarried exes, abuse, and damning secrets. Verdict Once again Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise "perfect" family unit while keeping the characters believable enough to be someone you might know. Considering the best-selling success of The Husband's Secret, her tale of dangerous lies, runaway gossip, and badly behaved parents will attract a wide readership. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 2/1/14.]-Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* It begins with a murder. It's not clear who was killed, but it was definitely someone at the Audrey and Elvis Trivia Night fund-raiser at Piriwee Public School on the coast of Australia. Back up six months, to when Madeline Mackenzie celebrated her fortieth birthday with kindergarten orientation for her youngest daughter, Chloe. She runs into the gorgeous, if spacey, Celeste White and her twin boys; new kid Ziggy Chapman and his mom, shy, jumpy, Jane; and, unfortunately, her ex-husband and his New Age wife, Bonnie, and their daughter, Skye. When a little girl accuses Ziggy of choking her, the class moms begin to divide. As antibullying fervor escalates, Jane grows closer to Madeline, with whom she shares her terrible secret, and Celeste, who is hiding an insidious secret of her own, not that she will admit it. What starts as a send-up of suburban helicopter parenting turns darker as the pages flip by, building to a tense climax at Trivia Night, where one too many fizzy pink cocktails leads to . . . well, murder. Funny and thrilling, page-turning but with emotional depth, Big Little Lies is a terrific follow-up to The Husband's Secret (2013).--Maguire, Susan Copyright 2014 Booklist