Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Honestly, I would never have picked this book from my endless to-be-read list if it wasn’t for the tv show. I still think about it every day so it only made sense to get myself the book and find out more about the characters to whom I attached myself so fiercely.

Synopsis

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

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 mum Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbours secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

From Goodreads

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Big Little Lies published by Amy Einhorn Books, 2014

Big Little Lies the book ended up being quite different from the tv adaptation. However, both versions are gripping, funny and clever. I was not disappointed but I did wish the ending had been exactly like the show’s.

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The Calling (Endgame #1) by James Frey

Fae and I both read this book and, like in lots of small things, we disagree with each other’s opinions on this one. Endgame is (until now) divided into two books – The Calling and Sky Key – but has also two companions to the main story – The Training Diaries. Its popularity is growing and I am a bit like Smaug so I couldn’t stop myself when I saw its golden cover.

Synopsis

Twelve thousand years ago, strange creatures descended from the sky through fire and smoke, and created mankind. They gave us rules to live by and made us work for them. They came to Earth with one purpose: to get gold. So they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had everything they needed, they left. However, they left a message warning us that one day they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future and the life as we know it.

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The Calling: EndGame #1 Hardback cover published by Harper Collins (2014)

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