Sunday, 8 November 2015

Review: Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Title: Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 480
Genre: General Mystery

The Husband's Secret
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 . . .

I found this book to be so entertaining. It tells the story of kindergarten mothers, and their children. The reader is introduced to each of the main characters and gets to know about what is happening in each persons life. There is issues around parenting, bullying, domestic violence and playground parent politics. There were a lot of twists in the story and it kept me guessing until the very end. 

The author presents a mystery at the start of the book, where a murder has taken place at the school trivia night. A detective interviews a bunch of the other parents and the story expands on their observations about the main characters of the story. I was so curious to find out what happened, I read this book lightening fast and just could not put it down. I also really loved the backdrop into suburban life in Australia, and all the complicated messiness of people's lives. 

I liked this book so much better then The Husband's Secret and can't wait to check out some of the author's other work.

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