I was very put off initially by the writing device of letting you know a little of the ending and then starting at the beginning and letting the story unfold, with a further disclosure about the ending at the end of every chapter. My irritation lasted for the first third of the book until I was finally so caught up in the story that I was eager to keep reading. When the ending did come, despite all the hints, I was caught completely off guard and it all worked. Ultimately, it was a very satisfying read for me.
This is a story about a murder. This is also a story about three women and the love, pain, and lives they live. Jane, Celeste and Madeline all have children starting kindergarten at the same time. Their friendship blooms, but do they dare reveal their real lives to each other?
Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He books have suspense and intrigue, but they are character driven, which I love. This is not a fast paced action book. This is a book about people. The people are flawed and real. They are not perfect. Sometimes you like them and sometimes you don't understand why they do what they do. Just like real life.
I definitely recommend this book! Great story!
Excellent book! I finished this story a week ago and cannot stop thinking about it and talking about it. I had a very (surprising to me!) visceral response when the big secret was revealed. The beginning of the book was so high-school and blah, blah, blah, BUT! It is a necessary set up so that when you get to the exciting parts you understand why it is so amazing. I read it as a book on CD and loved the reading of this story. I lent this CD set to another person in my book club to read and she told me she was "chained" to the CD player! I HAD! warned her. Read the beginning knowing that there is something great at the other end of it. This is seriously a MUST READ!!!
This was such an enjoyable book. It starts out with knowing somebody has been murdered but does not reveal who. Then we go on to meet young women who become good friends and are there for each other though it all. Serious topic but still had moments of humor in it. I highly recommend this book. It was a super read...
It's the night of the annual "Trivia Night" fundraiser at the local elementary school. Parents of the students are there for food, cocktails, and fun. What they get is an argument, a drunken brawl, and a dead body. The story goes back six months to where three mothers meet at Kindergarten Orientation after taking their five-year-old children for enrollment. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane become friends after Jane's child is blamed for an incident with another student. Gossip from some of the Kindergarten parents pushes Madeline to stand up to what she sees as unfair accusations. Tensions between many of the parents build as incidents occur. It all comes to a head at the Trivia Night party.
This was a quick read with some very funny moments mixed with the serious issues of bullying, domestic violence, body image, and sexual abuse. I loved the short police and journalist interviews with minor characters who tell different stories about incidents that happen in the book. Everyone has their own points-of-view about what happened. My rating: 4 Stars.