Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Liane Moriarty has done it again. Another great read another cracking story.
From the first page the book is captivating and delivers everything we have come to expect from this author.
The story is amusing at times and poignant at others. Liane Moriarty has tackled some serious issues, playground bullying and the serious issue of domestic violence as well as touched on the lighter side of being a Kindergarten parent. Both structure and tone are excellent throughout and the clever way Liane Moriarty builds the tension and strings the reader along is wonderful. The story revolves around the parents, children and teachers of Pirriwee Public School, a fictional school set on Sydney’s coastal shores. Mixed in with the parents and children are a few supporting community members that just blend so easily into the story.
Starting with what turns out to be a riotous Trivia Night at Pirriwee Public, witnessed by a long time and caring neighbour of the school, one parent meeting an untimely end. With that under the reader’s belt the story then slips back to the months leading up to this unruly, if altogether tragic Trivia Night and slowly and carefully the pieces fit together. However the puzzle is not complete until you reach the end of the book.
Chapter two take us back to the orientation for Kindergarten for the next school year. Children and parents thrown together. Mixed social circles, all eyes judging the others and placing their children in a mental pecking order. The characters are well defined and they all have their place and they all work together. Then the countdown is on over 6 event filled months to the infamous Trivia Night.
From the start you are drawn into the hierarchy of the parents, the schoolyard politics, and the lies for appearance sake, resentments and deceptions. It is all there. What’s going on under the surface? What’s really going on behind those seaside suburban front doors? What is actually happening in this idyllic seaside suburb?
The writing is fast paced and darts between comedy and drama. In fact every emotion an author could include in a book is here and it is done so well.
It is hard not to identify with Madeline and Jane and do we know a Celeste? All the characters no matter how small a part they play in this story are believable. Even the not so amiable characters have some redeeming graces so waiting to see who the characters are who are heading for the intense ending is all the more intriguing.
This story is not for a particular group. It is a book for everyone. Male, female alike it would be hard for anyone not to enjoy.
Give it a go….you will not be disappointed.
RRP $32.99. Released 22 July 2014. For more information visit www.panmacmillan.com.au
Disclaimer: To facilitate this review Christine was supplied with a copy of Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriaty to read (and review). The ideas and views expressed in this review are Christine’s own – good and bad.