Book Review : Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

August 1, 2014 Book review 8 ★★★★★

Why, oh why, oh why did I wait so long to read a Liane Moriarty book? I have no idea and if you have not yet read one, you need to amend that ASAP!

Book Review : Little Lies by Liane MoriartyBig Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Published by Penguin UK on 31st July 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Friendship, Psychological, Social Issues, Suspense
Pages: 416
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

She could hear men and women shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the soft humid salty summer night. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage was directed at her . . . then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman still inside the building began to scream and scream . . .

When a harmless quiz night ends with an act of shocking violence, the parents of Pirriwee Public School can't seem to stop their secrets from finally spilling out. Rumours ripple through the small town, as truth and lies blur to muddy the story of what really happened on that fateful night

 First Line of Little Lies by Liane Moriarty:

“That doesn’t sound like a School Trivia Night” said Mrs Patty Ponder to Marie Antoinette.

My Thoughts on Little Lies by Liane Moriarty:

This is going to be one of those reviews where I’m threading very, very cautiously as spoilers will just ruin this book for you. The best way to experience this book is by knowing as little as possible and to allow the author to unwrap the story, layer by layer, for you. Believe me, she does an excellent job of it and knows exactly how to grab your attention and make you tear through the pages right through to its epic conclusion.

The story starts off with School Trivia Night as observed by a lady who lives opposite the school. And then switches to statements from people who were at the event. And then we learn this is a murder investigation. And just as we are digesting that, we are flung back to six months before the Trivia Night.

There we meet one of the main characters Madeline and as soon as we did, I knew I was going to love to the book. She was such a feisty, stubborn, slightly giddy character and she added a fun element to the book. And she wasn’t the only character I liked. All the school mums very quickly developed personalities and shy Jane, mysterious Celeste, bitchy Renata, serial dieter Gabrielle – they all drew me in and captivated me with their lives.

As you might guess from the title, all have secrets and all are telling little lies. Maybe even not so little. Those lies have created a rocky foundation over the years and it was always only a matter of time until the foundations caved and everything came tumbling down. Which is did in a very dramatic manner.

The slow, slow reveal of this book was another high point for me. We are counting down to the School Trivia Night. Capital letters because when it comes to these school mums, everything to do with their kids demands capitals, nothing is trivial, everything is competition and even downright war at times. But the countdown technique just heightens the tension, you know the when and the where but you need to find out the how, WHO and why ASAP.

So characters tick, pace tick, what about the writing? You’ve guessed it; tick! I loved the style; it combined some very heavy themes with lots of humour, realistic dialogue and an incredible amount of bitchy gossip.

The short and sweet of it is…I loved it. And I’m buying The Husband’s Secret today and gleefully rubbing my hands at the thought of what that book will have in store for me.


Rating Report
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Overall: five-stars


Who should read Little Lies by Liane Moriarty:

I can’t recommend this one highly enough to all those who love psychological thrillers. Also I think mums will love the setting of this book and will relate to all the playground politics. For non mums like me, it was a fun and slightly scary insight! If you are looking for a gripping, page-turner, then this one is also for you. And it should appeal to fans Gillian Flynn, Melissa Hill, Tina Seskis and S J Watson.

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Books UK for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an hones unbiased review.


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8 Responses to “Book Review : Little Lies by Liane Moriarty”

  1. CeCe

    I’ve seen this book being promoted on Goodreads and was interested just on the cover alone. Having no idea who the author is or what the book is about, I never really looked too closely, but now that I see you loved it, I am going to add it to the list.
    CeCe recently posted…Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista

    • trish

      I loved it CeCe, it’s like a mixture of a grown up chick lit and a thriller. I couldn’t put it down!

  2. Charleen

    I read The Husband’s Secret earlier this year, and it just wasn’t for me. The suspense and uncertainty was there, but it was too domestic for me, and I couldn’t relate to the characters.

    What Alice Forgot has been on my TBR forever, though, so even though I might have the same issue, I do want to give that one a try. Memory is so fascinating.
    Charleen recently posted…ITW Must-Reads: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    • trish

      This one WAS very domestic too and I think that’s partially why I loved it so much as I love crime books with a family setting. I think you might have the same problem with this one so.
      What Alice Forgot is on my to read too.

    • trish

      At the moment all I’m reading is thrillers. I can’t get enough of them. You want help hiding a body, I’m the expert! lol

  3. Alicia

    I’m easily sold when people recommend a book to me but say nothing much about the plot because they tell me it’s going to be so twisty and unexpected and mindblowing! Love taking on these adventures blind and just let the story amaze me 🙂 This one sounds like an interesting read, will look out for it! Thanks for the recommendation :))
    Alicia recently posted…CHIT CHAT | (zombie hotties) Die for Me, (earth air fire water) Storm, (way out of mind) What’s Left of Me

    • trish

      Thanks Alicia! I hate spoilers but especially for a book like this. Go in blind and have fun guessing! 🙂

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