Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014

Description (from the author’s website)

Again and again, #1 New York Times bestselling Liane Moriarty has shown herself a master of writing insightful, funny, poignant, and thought-provoking page turners. With BIG LITTLE LIES she proves that she’s at the top of her game.

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified.

And one parent is dead.

Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…

BIG LITTLE LIES is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, school-yard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)

Liane Moriarty shows us that our public personas do not always match our private lives and things are not always what they seem.

Big Little Lies is a murder mystery and much much more.  Interspersed in the story, we are cleverly, often humorously, given clues based on comments of the locals surrounding the investigation.  Perceptions of what happened vastly disagree.  However, the story is not entirely lighthearted.  It’s fabric brings to light subjects such as bullying and domestic violence.

Big Little Lies is based in a small town, near the ocean, in Australia.  It centers around the public school kindergarten class and their families.  Without going into too much more detail, I’ll say, I simply loved this story!  I’ve reviewed two other books by Liane Moriarty.

(Click here to read my: First Book Of The Year: 2015 Post. )

My Reviews of other books by Laine Moriarty:

What Alice Forgot

The Husband’s Secret



  1. This one was on my Top Ten Favorites list last year…and while I’ve loved the other books by Moriarty that you’ve read, this was definitely the “top,” IMO.

    I can’t wait to read more…and thanks for your great review.


  2. Thanks for a very good review here! I have this on my wishlist but for some reason haven’t read it yet, despite rave reviews. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I liked two other books by her but have heard this is her best one yet.


  3. As usual Pat your reviews always make me want to get stuck into a book very soon. I have this one on my shelf but just haven’t made it that far yet. I think I will enjoy it when I get there and I think this is the first review I have read that has fired me up to really want to get into it!


  4. I think I’m the only person in the world who didn’t like this book. And, I haven’t liked any of the 3 Moriarty books I’ve tried (Husband’s Secret and What Alice Forgot are the other 2). I think it’s all the mommy politics…they drive me crazy. I wrote an entire blog post about how I keep trying to like Moriarty since everyone else seems to and I just can’t do it 🙂


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