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Here are the books that made their way into my mailbox last week:
Paper Review Copies
Additions to Personal Kindle Library
I read BIG LITTLE LIES. It surprised me.The subject matter is women’s issues, which usually bores me, But I was pleased that Liane Moriarty built up suspense everywhere she could, particularly with the chapter titles and with the gossipy-sounding witness comments at the end, sometimes the beginning, of each chapter.
This book has three main characters, all women, each with a typical issue.
** Madeline has three children, one by the husband who left her, the other two by her second husband. Her oldest child has chosen to live with her father. He has not kept an eye on their child’s online activity.
** Jane, new to the community, has a child as a result of a one-night stand. The child is accused of being a bully.
** Celeste has twins and is dealing with domestic abuse.
All three of them have children in the same kindergarten class at Pirriwee Public school.
That much would have been enough to turn me away from BIG LITTLE LIES. But right from the start, the book contains chapter headings to indicate when events take place in relation to Trivia Night, a costume party for parents of children at Pirriwee Public school. So I knew that something big was coming up on Trivia Night and, because one of the commentators at the ends of chapters is a police detective, that the big thing had to do with the law. Someone will die.
Moriarty also injects suspense into the lives of each of the three main characters. What will become of Madeine’s oldest child? Will other mothers drive Jane from the community? And, especially, will Celeste leave before her husband kills her?
Another reason this women’s-issues book didn’t turn me away is that I enjoyed its dialog. It is quite witty, especially when Madeline is speaking.
So, even if you don’t enjoy books about women’s issues, you may want to give this one a try for its buildup of suspense and its dialog. If you do enjoy books about women’s issues, you’ll enjoy this one more than most.
Things Half in Shadow looks really interesting and I’ve heard Big Little Lies is awesome. THanks for sharing your haul!
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some interesting books
Such an interesting collection of books! There’s a few that I’m intrigued by, but I think top of that list would be Things Half in Shadow. Hope you enjoy all your new books and hope you have a happy new year! Shoshanah recently posted..Top 10 Books of 2014
The cover for ‘Things Half in Shadow’ is very intriguing. I hope you enjoy your new books! DeniseF recently posted..Mailbox Monday (37) Kid’s Edition!
Mistress Firebrand!!! Donna Thorland is the best historical fiction author to come on the scenes in years. I’ve loved the first two books in that series. Can’t wait to read this third one!
Great mailbox books! I think I’ll use an Audible credit for Big Little Lies. Mary recently posted..Makin’ Miracles by Lin Stepp
I loved Big Little Lies…hope you do, too. And I am curious about War of the Wives. Enjoy!
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