Little Lies by Liane Moriarty



Published: July 2014
Publisher: Penguin
Format: eBook

Little lies was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review

There has been a lot of hype around this book so when I was approved for a review copy I couldn't wait to get my teeth into it. 

It's certainly a slow burner. It really reminded me of The Slap. It has the same sort of story line. One major issue which divides a whole community and asks the reader, which side are you on.

The main difference here is that the "event" is at the end of the book and we are brought to that point very slowly. We get a glimpse into the lives of the children and parents of Pirriwee during the months that lead up to the trivia night.

We learn that Pirriwee is a small costal town with one school. One school means many different classes of parents are destined to meet every morning and afternoon. Friendships are forged but so too are enemies.

We have Jane and her child Ziggy, who is accused of bullying a classmate. This marks the starting point of what can only be described as a witch hunt against a child barely out of diapers. The parents go so far as to pass around a petition insisting that he be expelled.

There is Madeline, Ed, her ex husband and his new wife Bonnie. They have they're own set of problems. Patrick walked on Madeline and they're newborn yet now he's father of the year to his new family. I quite liked reading about these characters as I really felt Madeline's hurt come through in the writing. 

Finally there's Celeste and Perry. They are incredibly wealthy. Celeste doesn't know how well off they are exactly but well off enough for her to donate 20,000 to charity in one evening without blinking. There is one catch. Perry is an extremely fucked up individual and he often takes his anger out on Celeste..

My main issue with this book is that the plot was too thin for the length. I enjoyed delving into each of the characters but there came a point where I was just longing for something to happen. The story was too simplistic to give away little bits to keep the reader interested. As an avid crime fiction reader I found a lot of it to be quite "fluffy". I almost gave up at about the halfway mark. I'm glad I didn't though.

At about the 75% mark the pace started to pick up. Things moved faster as we got closer and closer to trivia night. I found the ending a little predictable but I still got caught up in the suspense of it all. 

Another plus is the humor injected throughout. Little sections are told in a one line style from characters being interviewed after the event and a lot of it is really hilarious.

I think this book will certainly appeal to the masses. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a quick read with a light but interesting plot line. Just prepare to be a little bored for the first half or so


★★★★ ☆

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  1. I agree it is more character driven than plot driven but I tend to enjoy those books more anyway. I loved the way it all came together.

    1. I think the review came of more negative then I intended! I actually enjoyed reading it!


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