At the opening of this story by best selling author Liane Moriarty, we are told that one parent has been killed at a primary school event. The book moves back to show events leading up to the murder, and all the secrets that are hidden behind the facade of suburban life.
When 24 year old single mother Jane moves to Pirriwee, her little boy is accused of hurting another child on the orientation day. The school is split when the mother of the child won’t let the incident go, and Jane is taken under the wing of Madeleine, and befriended by her wealthy friend Celeste. The three soon become friends, but their lives are slowly unraveling as the things they hold back and the secrets that they keep are starting to come to the surface.
It’s a really good book. Moriarty has a delicious way of intriguing you with plot twists whilst amusing you with lampooning normal life. She manages to be both touching and funny, truthful and comic. I really enjoy sinking into her books. (You may also like to check out my review of her book What Alice Forgot HERE) In this story she touches on the way that women compete, even with the friends that they like, the way we compare our lives to each other perhaps without knowing the full story, and the nature of our relationships, the way that they impact our self esteem. I also love the honest way she talks about the class divides and snobbery in the suburbs of Sydney. Spot on and very funny.
The TV mini series of this book is coming out this year, starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.
Read It If: you ever envied a friends life or if you find the competition between mothers at the school gates kind of amusing. A great read.