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Who Is Author Liane Moriarty?

Francesca Herring September 20, 2022

You may have seen the shows Nine Perfect Strangers and Big Little Lies, but do you know the mastermind behind them? The creator, Liane Moriarty, is an award-winning, best-selling author. She’s responsible for these shows and many other books. Here is a deep dive into Liane Moriarty and some of her bestselling novels.

Who is Liane Moriarty?

Liane Moriarty is an Australian author. The literary genes must run in her family, because she is the elder sister of author Jaclyn Moriarty. In her time as an author, Moriarty has written nine novels. Her most famous being The Husband’s Secret, Big Little Lies, and Nine Perfect Strangers. 

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Her books are perhaps best known for their twists. The twists come at the end; the perfect timing for a resolution to complete the book. One thing about her novels is the genre, though. While many categorise her work in the thriller genre, Moriarty has made it clear that she doesn’t think she deserves that title to her work. Often explaining that she doesn’t think her books are all that thrilling, she prefers to align herself with women’s fiction. 

What types of books does she write?

A lot of Moriarty’s books have strong, female leads. Masha, of Nine Perfect Strangers and Jane, Madeleine, Celeste, Bonnie and Renata of Big Little Lies, come to mind. She also manages to craft intricate and interesting stories for these women, each very unique. With such success with so many of her novels, you’d think there may be some overlapping of ideas in her work, but this isn’t the case. Each novel written by Liane Moriarty will have you guessing all over again.

Despite not seeing her work as thrillers per se, it is undoubtable that there is an element of ‘thrill’ to her texts. Moriarty works to weave thrills seamlessly into her novels through her characters, by making you question them and second guess who they really are. Each one of her books triumphs in that regard.

So, if you didn’t know who Liane Moriarty was before, you certainly do now. She is the queen of mystery and thrills. Her latest novel, Apples Never Fall, is likely to be just as spectacular.

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