Something happened on trivia night at Piriwee Public — something so tragic that the police had to be called in to investigate and try to separate the truth from the rumors.
Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Liars starts with the tease about trivia night and then sends us back in time to build up to that night for four-hundred pages. It’s the story of three women — Jane, Celeste and Madeline — who each have children enrolled in Miss Barnes’ kindergarten class. At an orientation day, Jane’s son Ziggy is accused of bullying another girl in his class. Despite Ziggy’s denials, the incident polarizes families for and against Ziggy.
Jane secretly fears that Ziggy could have a bullying streak based on the one-night stand she had with his father, whom she hasn’t seen since. As Jane slowly becomes part of the community and friends with Madeline and Celeste, the three begin to discover that each of them is hiding things and that things aren’t as rosy as they would appear on the surface of their lives.
Over the course of Big Little Liars, Moriarty lays the foundation for everything to come to a head at trivia night. There are some fascinating but expertly set up revelations that come from the evening and what happens there. I’ll give Moriarty credit that while I was able to suss out one of the revelations, most of the others were a satisfying surprise.
To say much more is to give away too much and to rob readers of the opportunity to experience this novel for themselves.
Go, read it. I think you’ll like it.