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  2. I reviewed this one recently too, off the audio book version, chosen more or less randomly from the local library to listen to at work. For me the main theme was the bullying which Jane’s son was accused of, and the domestic violence, while treated seriously as you say, was just a plot device to make Celeste’s husband into a villain. But I must say I enjoyed it as a light, romantic comedy, albeit in a strikingly all-white, middle class setting.

    • I also listened to the audio version and thought the production and narrator was excellent.
      Agree that bullying is a main theme – it was another of my niggles actually. I have kids in primary school (in a very white-bread, middle class school – many similarities to the school in the book!) and I have to say that the way the situation that occurs with Jane’s son is handled would NEVER happen – the petition, the parents taking it upon themselves to police it, the accusations without evidence… Bullying happens at every school (and if a school says they don’t need a policy because it doesn’t happen there, I always think ‘Run a mile from that school!) but the way that it is handled is what’s important and in this regard, Big Little Lies just didn’t ring true. Again, maybe I’m being overly critical because I’m living it now but the book wasn’t the light fare I was expecting (after a few poor audio choices, I decided to stick with light, fluffier choices for listening to in the car and while I’m out walking!).

  3. We’re currently enjoying a week of Port Fougkas winter. Today it was a cool 26 degrees, but we managed a walk along the beach and a swim in the pool despite the chill in the air!!

  4. It’s great to read this review. I’ve been tossing up whether to read this (I too have kids in white bread, south east suburb school in Melbourne). I think I’ll give this a miss. I read to escape reality, not to re-live my reality!!

    • I felt the same way (and it is very accurate in terms of the school politics). Since I’ve been living it for nearly 15 years, I find the whole mum-lit scene a bit tiring.

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  6. I can see how it would certainly be off-putting to try to combine a lightness in addition to a serious topic like that. Can’t say I would have been too impressed with it either! Have yet to read anything by Moriarty but when I do it won’t likely be this one. Great review. 🙂

    • According to friends who’ve read lots of her books, this one and What Alice Forgot are her best. I have Alice although not rushing to read it – I think she has a formula (reminds me a bit of Kate Morton and how she structures her novels) and I guess it’s not for me.

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