Big Little Lies

13 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 16 hrs. Penguin Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781611762860. $39.95; digital download. F
At kindergarten orientation, single mom Jane's son, Ziggy, is accused of hurting another child. Jane knows her son did not do it but is powerless to handle the situation. Still, as accusations escalate to bullying, the moms at the primary school begin to choose sides. Ziggy is not invited to parties, other children are told not to play with him, and then a petition circulates to have him suspended. What makes the story so riveting is that at the beginning the listener learns that someone ends up dead, but who and how isn't revealed until the very end. Narrator Caroline Lee does a great job of portraying the well-drawn characters. Although set in Australia, this could be in your own town and school.
VERDICT Well done and enjoyable listening. Recommended for public libraries. ["Once again Moriarty demonstrates an excellent talent for exposing the dark, seedy side of the otherwise 'perfect' family unit while keeping the characters believable enough to be someone you might know," read the starred review of the Amy Einhorn: Putnam hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 7/4/14.]
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