Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Liesis an engrossing story about three women, an elementary school, and a murder. Jane is new to this small beach-side community, eager for a fresh new start and a fabulous first year of school for her son. Madeline has been in the community for years. Her children have all gone to the same primary school, but now her ex-husband has moved to the small suburb with his new wife and daughter. To make things worse, his daughter will be in the same class as her son-seriously? Celeste appears to have it all. The big mansion on the beach, the rich husband, and two incredibly rambunctious twin boys. However, things are not always as they appear for these women and each one is hiding something.
I really liked this book. Moriarty told the story in such a clever way with the details of the days leading up to the “night” and the interviews of parents regarding the incident being blended into each chapter. There is always the driving force of discovering who was murdered but it was also easy to get caught up in the daily drama and wonderful characters. Moriarty also captures the atmosphere of the beach community in Australia. You can really see yourself having coffee on the beach. I wouldn’t classify this as mystery or thriller novel, it is very much a contemporary fiction novel with a side of murder. This would also be a great book club read.
Where They Found Her by Kimberley McCreight is a gripping tale about a suburban town and the death of a newborn. Molly Sanderson retreated to Ridgedale in order to heal from the loss of her child. She never once imagined that she would be the journalist covering the murder of a newborn baby. Yet, now that she has this break she is determined to follow through and find out what this small town is really hiding.
I loved this book (although I should also mention that I also loved Reconstructing Amelia). McCreight does an amazing job of weaving other forms of writing into her novels, for this book she created the newspaper’s website. Adding in the website allowed the reader to get a better understanding of the town and gives the story a unique twist. Additionally, this story is told through three different women, which really gives you a larger picture of the overall plot and also made you want to try to piece everything together. A great psychological thriller with plenty of twists and turns and small town drama.
E. Lockhart’s We Were Liarstakes you on an unexpected journey as we try to piece together the summer of Cadence’s 16th year. Full of twists and turns, this is a story that will have you as confused as the narrator and completely engrossed.
I loved this book! It was wonderful trying to determine what happened that summer right along with Cady and then to be left just as flabbergasted as she is. Lockhart’s writing is so beautiful, elegant and at times very poetic. I have to confess that once I finished this book I was unable to read for a day – this is unheard of from me – but I had to let the story linger and percolate before I found closure to move on. Although, I do already have plans to read it a second time, knowing what I know now. This book will speak to not only young adult fans but also adults and book club readers.
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