Back of the book :
Jane hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. she keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste – two women with seemly perfect lives … And their own secrets behind closed doors.
But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder …..
What I think :
The story is set in a small town in Australia, Pirriwee Peninsula. Its about a school and the parents of the children that go there.
The story centres on three women, Jane, Madeline and Celeste.
Jane has just arrived in the town she moves about a lot, she doesn’t seem to be able to settle in a place for very long. She has a little boy called Ziggy, he’s starting Kindergarten at the same time as Madeline and Celeste’s children.
Madeline is married to Ed, they have two children together and one teenage daughter that Madeline has from a previous marriage. Her ex husband has remarried and is living in the same town, which is causing problems.
Celeste is married to Perry, a banker, they have twin boys. They are very well off and live in a lovely home. There is one problem, Celeste is a victim of domestic abuse, Perry hits her.
Jane meets Madeline and Celeste on the First day of Kindergarten and they form a close friendship. On that first day of kindergarten, Jane’s son Ziggy is accused of hurting one of the the other children and from that day onwards the parent of the child makes Jane’s life pretty uncomfortable.
This is a really well written book, it starts on the night of a school function when ‘something’ bad happens and then goes back six months to tell the story and how things got to that point. Throughout the book there are small ‘statements’ from all the other parents telling of how things happened. Everyone seems to be telling ‘Little Lies’ as everyone, it seems, has something to hide.
The characters are expertly written and very believable. It covers some difficult issues including domestic abuse. This takes playground politics to a whole new level and its not just the kids that are being bullied.
I really enjoyed this book, another that I didn’t want to put down.
A well deserved 9/10
Published on 31 July 2014 by Penguin.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers Penguin for the digital copy of the book to read and review.