A murder… A
tragic accident… Or just parents behaving badly? What is indisputable is that
someone is dead.
Big Little Lies
will take you on a roller coaster ride with the secrets of the three women.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She is funny,
biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste
is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying
a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mum Jane is so
young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious
past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different
crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and
second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies
that can turn lethal.
Over the last few weeks I have been lucky enough to escape
to the fictional town of Woody Creek, a small timber town set in rural
Australia; and what a wonderful time I have had!
Joy Dettman is an Australian author and the very talented writer of the Woody Creek series, which I discovered one day while browsing my local bookstore. Working in a library, I was aware of the books and had wanted to read them for a long time but had never managed to get around to it. On this day, however the bookstore had a display of all the books in the series and they looked so pretty I could not leave them sitting there. I picked up the first two and four weeks later have now finished the whole seven books in the series.
City of Parramatta Libraries, Book Clubs and Reading Groups seem to grow each month; in June we welcomed another Book Club into our Club’s.
Before June comes to end I find myself already preparing July’s Book Club and Reading Groups Kits; with twenty seven kits already to for July!
The popular title and author this month was Jane Harper, with two groups reading The Lost Man and other reading Force of Nature. In fact Jane seems to re-appear each month on the list of book club reads. I can understand why too. I loved both The Dry and The Lost Man.
If you are also a Jane Harper fan then you might like to check out her website for more information and updates on the up-coming film version of The Dry; starring the talented Eric Banner as Aaron Falk!
As always you can read our Book Club and Reading Groups reviews on Parra Reads. Just search the Categories Book Club Kits and Book Reviews.
Following years of unrequited love, an out-of-work school teacher takes matters into his own hands, triggering a chain of events neither he nor his psychiatrist could have anticipated. At once a psychological thriller and a social critique, Seven Types of Ambiguity is a story of obsessive love in an age of obsessive materialism.
Beautifully written. The writer has a brilliant turn of phrase. For our little book club though, this book was a struggle. We found its volume a little overwhelming and struggled to connect with any of the characters. We liked the premise; we liked the way the story was told from each character’s point of view and how new pieces of the puzzle were revealed with each person as they told their version of the story. We also found it fascinating that two people could be in the same situation and both see it so very differently. However, towards the end of the novel, the changing of views, brought with it a lot of repetitiveness and it felt cumbersome.
Overall, we would recommend this to readers who have time to read and are not reading to a deadline. As even with an extension, many of our readers still struggled to get this one finished.