Review – Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

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Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Books (UK) for the review copy.

Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is available now.

Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Another compulsive read from Liane Moriarty, Little Lies explores poison at the school gates via three friends – mousey Jane, feisty Madeleine and ice-cool beauty Celeste. Each of them is hiding something and doing their best to keep their secrets behind closed doors…but an incident at the school their children attend involving an accusation of bullying and Jane’s son Ziggy leads to an ultimately fatal conclusion at the school quiz night, which is where the story begins.

Starting with an apparent murder and interspersing the narrative with witness statements is the perfect device to draw you in as a reader, suspecting everyone and trusting no-one. Even the most innocent-seeming characters can surprise you, as your sympathies are pulled first in one direction and then another, and there are plenty of potential candidates seeking revenge.

Combining the tautness of a psychological thriller, the irresistibility of an old-fashioned whodunnit and the readability of commercial women’s fiction, Little Lies also explores themes of female friendship and domestic abuse with a light touch but a lasting impression. You might think the situation somewhat unlikely but Moriarty tempers her tale with humour and this is enough to keep you engaged and taking it seriously, but not too seriously.

And you’ll never guess who finally lost control…

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