Thursday, March 26, 2015
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The premise is a school parent event - a trivia night for parents to raise money for equipment. This takes place Australia - so the event also included alcohol - something that wouldn't happen in the schools where I have worked.
Moriarty starts the story with parents fleeing the trivia event - and then builds the tale by backing up to a morning months earlier when a few future kindergarten moms gathering for a roundup sort of day. The pecking order appears quickly with a one new mom nervously trying to figure out her place. She is sort of swept up with Madelaine - one of the more flashy moms and it all feels good until...There is an event that very first morning - a little girl is bullied and her mom goes ballistic. And that sets this group of parents on an unexpected path.
Now my favorite part. Each of the chapters ends with a snippet of a police or reporter interview with a few of the parents. Clearly there is a death. But that is all you really know...who and why and where.
My only complaint is the title for this book and the picture. I felt like the broken candy cheapened the seriousness of the topics in the pages. Although this was an easy read - brings forward darknesses that are ususally hidden. This is only my opinion - and I would strongly recommend this to others.
I loved this March book club read!