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by Liane Moriarty
Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal….
There’s an old saying that the third time’s the charm, and that proved to be the case with this book, my third read of the year and first to get a five-star rating. I went into this story without knowing much beyond the fact that Showtime is doing an adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. Right off the bat you find out that there’s been a death at a school trivia night, and the rest of the book is spent covering the events leading up to it. It’s not until the 77th chapter that you find out who died and what exactly happened, which really heightened the suspense in the novel, especially as you got attached to various characters.
Speaking of characters, there’s a ton of them, but the book primarily follows three women, glittery, bubbly,larger-than-life Madeline; gorgeous, wealthy, perpetually distracted Celeste; and young single mother Jane. I was surprised that I found all three women equally likable, although there were times that I wanted to shake Celeste and tell her to wake up already!
It’s also impressive that the whole story revolves around a class of kindergarten students and their parents, yet it manages to be compelling and suspenseful. I did figure out the major twist around the 14th chapter, but I still could hardly put the book down! Parts of it I did find difficult to read; being a mother I’m pretty sensitive to the feelings of children, even fictional ones, so the storyline about bullying made me tear up a few times. I mean, these are five-year-olds we’re talking about, nobody should be making them cry!
But bottom line, I really, really enjoyed this book, and I will definitely be picking up more of Liane Moriarty’s novels in the future!