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A great follow-up to "The Husband's Secret",
This review is from: Big Little Lies (Hardcover)
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She's done it again! If you've been lucky enough to discover Liane Moriarty through her still very popular "The Husband's Secret," and if you, like I, were just bowled over by the story she told in that book, then you will also love "Big Little Lies." I told Liane in an e-mail that this latest book, like the previous, didn't capture me at first. But I just had not given either the time it needed; and with "Big Little Lies," once I'd reached page 50, I was hooked. I honestly could not put the book down! And even though there are little "hints" along the way, I wasn't ready for the ending. Liane once again has created a group of very different, very fascinating women, each with her own story. These women...Madeline, Celeste, and Jane...become a tightly knit group as each prepares to enter a child in kindergarten. These mothers, along with others in supporting roles, take their mothering very seriously...too seriously, it turns out. Madeline is the oldest of the three in this group of new friends; Celeste and Jane are considerably younger. As Liane lets us get to know these ladies, she also involves them in some very important issues of the day...of any day...and she does this so well, so naturally. From divorce and remarriage to spousal abuse, from body image and the frustrations brought on by ageing, to, in Jane's case, having had what turned into a violent encounter with a man which led to the birth of her son, to Madeline's having to deal with, also, her ex-husband, now remarried, also having had a child with his second wife and their living in the same area AND also enrolling a child in the year's new kindergarten class, these individuals are dealing with issues that make for stunning storytelling. I'll say no more, for I'll only end up giving away some of the twists and turns that author Moriarty takes her reader through. If you were hooked with the reading of "The Husband's Secret," then you, like I, must have anxiously been awaiting "Big Little Lies." If you're new to Liane Moriarty, then start with this new book or start with her previous, but START! You are not going to be disappointed. This is a lady who has great respect for her audience...she seems driven to tell the very best story possible and, in the process, allow us, the reader, hours of rewarding reading time!