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Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Little Lies

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One of our Books of the Year 2014.

August 2014 Book of the Month.

Fabulously different and remarkably clever, this page-turner of an intimate yet scandalous tale keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Having been told that something awful has happened at the school Quiz Night, you are then whisked back in time to the beginning of the school year, where friendships are forged, tantrums thrown and bullying takes it’s first sneaky tormenting steps (and that’s just the parents). The author is adept at taking an everyday situation and adding little pops of difficult and uncomfortable. Nobody’s life is quite as it would outwardly seem and as you peek around the curtain of conformity you are drawn into the twisted web of rumours, facts and lies. As Trivia Night looms, you are kept quite literally on the edge of your seat, squirming with anticipation and fear for these wonderfully complete and complicated characters. This is quite simply, a deliciously entertaining read. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

‘Liane Moriarty was THE success story of 2013 and we are absolutely thrilled to be following up on the phenomenal The Husband's Secret with a novel which packs, if it’s possible, an even more powerful punch. Little Lies is the story of three very different woman brought together by a cataclysmic event in the small Sydney suburb in which they live. Set in the present day and the recent past, we are invited into the lives of Maddie, Jane and Celeste in between hearing testimony and interviews with the police who, it appears, are investigating a murder. But who’s dead, who did it and why? I don’t know if I can put into words how completely brilliant this novel is. I’m blown away and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I finished it. The characters are incredibly well drawn and the plot takes us into such unexpected directions – Liane Moriarty really is a first-class writer, almost a magician as she conjures up twist and turn galore at the same time as developing real flesh and blood characters who make the same mistakes we do. A wonderful, genius, funny, dark, heartbreaking read.' - Maxine Hitchcock, Publishing Director, Penguin Group

If you like Liane Moriarty you might also like to read books by Dorothy Koomson, Sankia Sarginson and Monica McInerney.

Reader Reviews

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  • Stephanie Blakey - 'I enjoyed this book enormously, reading it in just two days and feeling cheated when I had to put it down to attend to more pressing matters such as going to work!!!!!!'
  • Janet Gilliard - 'I read this virtually in one sitting and carried it everywhere with me. I felt lost when I had finished the book.'
  • Caroline Mathews - 'Absolutely brilliant - funny, entertaining, dark, frightening, thought-provoking and a plot that keeps you turning the pages until far too late into the night.  Loved it.'
  • Elisabeth Thomas  - 'An amazing and absorbing read...The story kept me gripped from beginning to end and I loved it.'
  • Anne Cater - 'The sort of book that keeps me up way past my bedtime with it's compelling plotline and cleverly careless clues dotted around that hooked me and made me want to read 'just one more chapter'.'
  • Emma Barton - 'This is an addictive story that explains the events leading up to a shocking act at Pirriwee Public school Trivia night.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Gripping story, could not put it down, wanted to read to the very end.'
  • Rachel Aygin - 'Hints are dropped that someone has died and throughout the book the reader is kept wondering who is dead. I loved it. When is the next book coming out?'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'Great book loved it. Good strong believable characters  fast moving very interesting story. I would recommend this book for anyone.'
  • Susan Andrews - 'This was as usual, beautifully written, in parts funny and heartbreaking, but always wanting to know what happens next.  Loved the book and will recommend to friends.'
  • Evelyn Barrett - 'Reading Moriarty is as good as a gossipy lunch with an old friend. This is a totally absorbing story, even more so because all of it is possible.'
  • Kath Thornton - 'What an amazing read, it had me hooked from the very first page.'
  • Bethany Dimmock - 'A marvelous piece of fiction by an equally as marvelous author. Fantastic plot. Fantastic characters. I can't praise it enough.'
  • Vikki Gerrish - 'I absolutely loved this book, it made me laugh out loud on many occasions and two minutes later I would be crying.'
  • Emma Caddick - 'Moriarty writes so skillfully that she gets you hooked and keeps you hooked...A brilliant book and perfect holiday read this Summer.'
  • Linda McFall - 'Tragic yet hilarious, so much more than a murder entertaining and compelling read, which gains pace as the dreadful facts emerge.'


Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty, million copy selling author of The Husband's Secret brings us another addictive story of secrets and scandal. 'She could hear men and women shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the soft humid salty summer night. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage was directed at her ...then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman still inside the building began to scream and scream...' When a harmless quiz night ends with an act of shocking violence, the parents of Pirriwee Public School can't seem to stop their many secrets from finally spilling out. Rumours ripple through the small town, as truth and lies blur to muddy the story of what really happened on that fateful night...


'The writing is beautiful: sometimes funny, sometimes sad but always compelling' Good Housekeeping

'This is such a clever idea. This is powerful, moving and gripping stuff' Star Magazine on The Husband's Secret

'The Husband's Secret is a staggeringly brilliant novel. It is literally unputdownable' Sophie Hannah on The Husband's Secret

'Dark and compelling, this is a must read' The Sun on The Husband's Secret

About the Author

Liane Moriarty

Liane Moriarty is the bestselling author of five novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot and most recently The Hypnotist's Love Story, and The Husband's Secret as well as the Space Brigade series for children. She lives in Sydney with her husband and son.

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31st July 2014


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