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Book 7 - 2017

Book 7: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – 470 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:

Perfect family, perfect house, perfect life; Jane, Madeline and Celeste have it all ... or do they? They are about to find out just how easy it is for one little lie to spiral out of control.


When Liane Moriarty first came out, I read every book she wrote (this was years ago). At some point, I either forgot about her, or missed that she’d realised like five more books and gone international (I always liked the fact that all her books were authentically Australian without ramming the Australian-ness down your throat like so many Aussie authors do). I can’t remember if I’d heard about the Big Little Lies TV show before or after I bought this book, but I actually didn’t read it till my Mum did. Driving to the beach, Mum read the first chapter to me in the car. We laughed so much - we’d never heard something so authentic to our own experiences at an Australian school. Mum finished the book before me, and then as I worked my way through it, trying desperately to work out just what had happened, she did something uncharacteristic - refused to spoil it for me! That in of itself was a testament to Moriarty’s storytelling! Anyway, long story short, I loved this book. And I know the TV series is lauded (and I certainly enjoyed it), but the book is better (I also hate that they had to make it American - the aforementioned Australian-ness is part of its charm - it kind of feels like taking the English out of Harry Potter!). Funny, poignant, real, it deals with a number of really big issues in a very human way. In this case, the hype is deserved! A must-read.

7 / 50 books. 14% done!

2135 / 15000 pages. 14% done!

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