5 out of 5 stars
Big Little Lies starts with a murder investigation. The murder took place on Trivia Night at Piriwee junior school. The reader knows it happened, but not who was murdered, or who did the dastardly deed.
This is a great start, and creates suspense which is maintained through the 350-400 pages. Liane Moriarty has a great knack for dreaming up horrifying events that happen to very ordinary people and then making them seem not only believable, but also making us laugh aloud at how.
We meet three major protagonists – all mothers of children who attend Piriwee. Through interaction and great confrontations between these strong, likable female leads, their husbands, children and the less loved PTA members and working mothers, we also confront serious issues like female slavery, women abuse, not to mention cheating, lying and deception. Every detail written is important to the story, which is tied together in a most satisfying climax.