Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies is a fantastic mystery. Not only do we not know who the murderer is, Moriarty keeps the victim a secret until the end. In this novel we meet a variety of parents when their kids go off to kindergarten, and just like when attending school, Moriarty shows the different cliques of the parents.
The style of this novel also contributed to the mystery. At first, we know something happens on the first day, but it isn’t until a few chapters in that we learn what happens. And there are teasers at the ends of chapters hinting about the murder, but again we don’t even know who the victim is.
The kindergarten drama is exasperated by the parents reaction. Instead of letting things go, the parents inevitably make everything worse. While this kid-drama happens, we slowly learn more about some of the characters, several of whom have gone through horrible experiences. This should show how trivial the kid-drama is, but of course, people being people, the minuscule problems carry more weight.
By the end of the novel, I couldn’t put the book down until I found out who did what and why. A great story told in a great style!
Read August 2015.