This time last year, The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty was the featured book. So it’s only fitting that we honour Liane Moriarty again as this book club has officially been running for 12 months. Many say that Big Little Lies is even better than Liane’s breakout novel, and it’s highly regarded as her best work. The term “Unputdownable” is often used to describe this one, and even scrolling through some of the reviews on Goodreads shows the love for this book. So I decided it was time to read more from Moriarty seeing as I loved her writing so much last time. Big Little Lies is best described as a contemporary thriller.

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Big Little Lies Synopsis

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.