domingo, 21 de dezembro de 2014

Review: Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty

 Little Lies 
by Liane Moriarty 

Edition: 2014
Pages: 480
Editor: Penguin Books (UK) 

She could hear men and women shouting. Angry hollers crashed through the soft humid salty summer night. It was somehow hurtful for Mrs Ponder to hear, as if all that rage was directed at her . . . then she heard the wail of a siren in the distance, at the same time as a woman still inside the building began to scream and scream . . .
When a harmless quiz night ends with an act of shocking violence, the parents of Pirriwee Public School can't seem to stop their secrets from finally spilling out. Rumours ripple through the small town, as truth and lies blur to muddy the story of what really happened on that fateful night . . .

Rating: 3.5/5 

I was curious about this book and since the launch of the Lian's first book in Portugal, I have wanted to read something of hers. Little Lies promotes a mystery, something interesting to be discovered before the final and keep us focused on the story while we try to figure out what happened.
For a start the beginning was strange and catchy. A group of adults being questioned about a murder. We don´t quite understand if they are talking to a police officer or to a journalist (I will not reveal which one is it) and of course all the chats, rumors and misunderstands make it more spontaneous and original.
As the storys progresses there were other moments like this, especially in the beginning of each chapter, creating some attention points to what was going to be explained after all.
Kids are always good... at least is what we usually tell ourselves. So it was fun to watch the seeds of all the drama being created by a child as well as all the following moments - determined by a small person without (maybe) intention to do what was done.
The beginning of trio's friendship was fun to watch and added the right almond of drama, entertainment and deep to the story, without creating a major drama around the personal dramas of any of the three women. All of them had their bunch of problems happening and it was easier to have access to them by the telling on a first person point of view. While the story goes further, my ideas started stretching up giving some clues about the identity of the person murdered. In the end, it was a little bit obvious and predictable. I was expecting a bigger surprise but even so I understand the path Liane created and I enjoyed the book quite much and I'm curious to see what she will write next.
I am afraid to write more about this book because it will be spoilery and future readers probably would not enjoy it as much as I did the other way.
Even so I must notice that Liane's writing style is easy to read and very light which fits that moments when we want to read something interesting but relax our minds.
About the author:
Addicted to the library Claudia loves to read on the move and we can usualy find her sitting in a train or bus reading while commuting to and from work. But don't be fooled she is also keeping an eye on the landscape and all around her. She is an avid defender of sustainability and volunteering and it's as easy to find her starting a new project as it is to find her chatting with her friends. She is a dreamer and loves good stories so she keeps looking for them in her personal life.

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