Set on the Australian coast, the characters are dealing with complicated past life events, which continue to impact their lives. Life comes full circle as the story unfolds revealing a sordid tale of both past and present. Like Moriarty’s previous book, The Husband’s Secret, the past comes back to haunt the main characters and the truth eventually emerges. The story revolves around the families of the new kindergarten class and leads up to the announcement of which parent ends up dead at the school trivia night.
This is another light read and the tale is mixed with clips from witnesses telling their own version of what happened that fateful night. These snippets are reminiscent of the ‘telephone game’ as each witness has a different understanding of the events. These reflections add the perspective of how gossip can get out of control and that we never really understand the private lives that others may lead.
If you like to read a book prior to watching the movie, read Big Little Lies now as it has been reported that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are working on this movie.