Why haven´t I read this novel sooner? Big Little Lies was pure excitement and so hilarious! And huge fun. You will laugh out loud, shake your head, and smile while reading it. The German edition isn´t as pretty and gorgeous looking as the original one, but after reading the novel I can say that I can ignore that easily. You´ll find the original cover at the end of this review, so keep reading ... Holy hell, this was one heck of a great book!

Tausend Kleine Lügen*
by Liane Moriarty
Original Title Big Little Lies
Publisher Bastei Lübbe on August 25, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 495
Format Paperback
Source Publisher

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She´s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline´s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline´s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline´s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?). Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn´t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Jane is new. New in town, new in the role of a mother at the new school and for sure new when it comes to all the rules and games the school, as well as the other mothers, are playing by. But the moment, one mother accuses her son of being rude, she starts to learn and act in the way she thinks is best for her and her son.

There isn´t one moment in which I thought holy hell, why aren´t you defending yourself or your son? Jane is way too defensive and way too silent. Like a gray mouse. Liane Moriarty wrote with her novel Big Little Lies a very entertaining book in which the behavior of mothers is brought to the reader´s attention with an eye twinkle. There are so hilarious scenes and dialogues, you can´t do anything but either laugh tears or shake your head in amusement or disbelief. The irony, the sarcasm, and cynicism are brought out in a fun way and all the twists and turns in the plot show you, in the end, a totally unexpected fact. At least I had no clue who the dead was until I read the scene in which it happened.

Holy cow, Jane is a person you would love to bring to her senses. She always backs off the second someone speaks in a strict tone with her, and when she is asked to defend her son, she doesn´t. What the hell is wrong with that woman? Good, she is very young, still in her twenties, compared to all the other mothers in this novel. But is that really the only reason why she is acting like a little girl with no self-confidence? Watching her (Jane) turned during the ongoing story into a nightmare. But then, all of a sudden, she starts to stand up for herself AND her son. And from that moment on, you can see that there is way more inside her than only the shy, gray mouse she likes to see the others.

This was great fun and wonderful entertainment. The author brought humor, wit, irony, and cynicism together with well-created characters who play in a gorgeous way with each other. How parents can be, is shown with an eye twinkle without losing the point of it all. Oh yes, this is exactly how parents can be *smile*. A well-plotted story and I had a great time reading it, that´s for sure. My first Moriarty book but for sure not the last. Read!

Happy reading

*This ARC was kindly provided to me by Bastei Lübbe in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thank you. Therefore, the cover of the German edition is shown first in this review.

*This book was published originally Big Little Lies by Berkley on August 11, 2015 

Liane Moriarty
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Liane Moriarty is a free-lance advertiser, who has won several awards for her campaigns. She lives with her husband and her little son in Sydney. She received the Fred-Rush-Convocation-Prize for her debut novel “Three Wishes”. The novel was immediately placed in the Top Ten of the Australian bestseller list and has now appeared in several other countries.


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