2) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I have had this book for a couple of years but had not read it. I presented it to one of my book groups for our August read. It's a big book, but read fast. It, too, is a mystery and is written in kind of a different way. Right away, you know that someone died, but you don't learn who died under what circumstances until almost the very end of the book. I was put off by the writing at first, but stuck with it, and ended up enjoying the story.
The story takes place in a small coastal town in California and is about several women, their lives, their relationships, their children and their secrets. It begins six months before the parent's fundraiser night for the local elementary school. The book follows the escapades/stories of several of the kindergarten moms. There are definite groups, actually more like high school cliques, among the moms, and they have their differences between themselves. The story actually seems like a dark comedy, with numerous funny episodes. It was a fun, light read.