Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Three mothers, Jane, Madeline and Celeste, all very different in every way, find themselves forming a friendship because their children are all starting kindergarten at the same time. During orientation a little girl comes out of the classroom crying with red marks on her neck because another child was choking her. Asked who hurt her, the little girl points at Ziggy, Jane’s small and meek five year old. So starts a saga of bullying inside and outside of the classroom engulfing the lives of not just the schoolchildren but their parents as well.
I really enjoyed the way the story was structured. At the end of most chapters there are brief (a sentence or two) transcript pieces from a number of adults about the murder at the Primary School Trivia Night. The best part? You don’t know who died until VERY late in the book. You may guess, but if you’re like me, you keep changing your mind about who died. And while I eventually stuck to my guns and picked the correct victim, I was blindsided by who the murderer turned out to be.
Moriarty tackles big problems like bullying and domestic violence in her long, but easy to read novel. Those that like domestic drama, but do not like Picoult would most likely enough Moriarty because she adds one thing Picoult doesn’t: humor. Even though Moriarty is tackling some very serious issues, and can write a very good dramatic scene, she infuses humor in a lot of the story making the story flow along.