It’s been so long since I’ve put Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty on reserve at the library that I couldn’t remember who recommended it or what the story was about. So it was a nice surprise to find out when I finally got the book that it was about parents (just like me but one got murdered or had an accident or something but we may never know *wink*) at a certain primary school in one of Sydney’s beachside suburbs.
The story starts off with a death of a parent during a fund raising event (an Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley trivia night) being held at Pirriwee Primary School. Then the story takes us back to six months before the event takes place. Here we meet Jane, a single mum and her son Ziggy moving into the area. Through unforeseen circumstances, she meets Madeline (whose child Chloe is also in the same kindergarten class as Ziggy). Madeline takes Jane under her wing and along with Celeste (Madeline’s beautiful and rich friend) the two of them help Jane transition to the new school.
So that’s basically the story….yet I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to find out what Celeste was going to do about her secret or how Jane is going to make it in the new area. It’s funny but I compared some of these characters with the parents from my son’s school. The only thing that I thought was pretty far-fetched was when some of the mums were petitioning to have Ziggy expelled from school because he has been ‘accused’ of bullying a girl in his class. Surely, that wouldn’t happen at my son’s school!
Overall, a really good page turner especially if you’re parent of primary school kids. Lots of funny bits I can relate to and plenty of school politics which I’m happy to say I’m not involved with in real life!