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‘Big Little Lies’ Author Liane Moriarty’s Mysterious Connection to Meryl Streep

HBO’s Big Little Lies is back with a bang, this time featuring famed actress Meryl Streep. This could never have been without an unlikely connection with the author.

As engaging and exciting as the series has been, a second season was never planned by author Liane Moriarty. According to The Hollywood ReporterBig Little Lies was “intended as a limited series, the first season was an adaptation of Moriarty’s novel, with the seven episodes covering all the source material.”

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However, due to the huge following the first season garnered, HBO wanted to keep going, and Moriarty had to come up with new material. After some time she found a break in her writer’s block with the new character, Mary Louise Wright, who was created with Meryl Streep in mind.

 

Mary Louise Wright is the mother to one of the main heroine’s husband, Perry, who (spoiler alert) is killed by one of the main characters. Perry’s mother’s role in Season 2 becomes a new threat to the main 5, as the truth of what happened to Perry would put them all in danger. Mary Louise is determined to learn the truth of what happened to her son, which just adds to the drama and tension in the story.

 

Thanks to Meryl Streep’s phenomenal acting, all the drama and tension that this new character adds is magnified to an extraordinary level. Just take a look at this one scene.

 

None of this would have happened if not for a mysterious connection that Moriarty had no idea she was making with Streep as she made the character with her in mind. For the famed actress, it only took her one look at the script and she was all for joining the cast. This is all thanks to Mary Louise’s name, which happens to be Meryl Streep’s given name.

Author Liane Moriarty really did create the character with Streep in mind, she just didn’t realize to what extent!

 

Check out this chilling clip below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New ‘Big Little Lies’ Promo Causing a Stir

Big Little Lies, the hit HBO series that stars some of Hollywood’s most epic and powerful women, is almost here with its second season.

 

 

Entertainment shared Reese Witherspoon’s promo for the show’s return and fans are already hyped.

 

 

The new season will see the return of core cast members Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz, and Laura Dern. Meryl Streep guest stars as the mother-in-law to Kidman’s character.

Martin Donovan (Weeds), Crystal Fox, Douglas Smith, and Adam Smith will be joining as well.

While little is known about the upcoming season’s plot, Streep’s character is confirmed to be obsessed with hunting down her son’s murderer. The rest of the cast will be trying to keep the truth from her, for as long as they can.

 

Nine Perfect Strangers

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In the meantime you can also check out Big Little Lies author Liane Moriarity’s follow up novel, Nine Perfect Strangers, Her new book might not focus on the core cast, but nowadays, spinoffs set in the same fictional universe are always a possibility, and would make for an even more enjoyable read.

 

Big Little Lies returns on June 9th.

 

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8 Thrillers for Your Beach Bag This Summer

These eerie page-turners from debut and bestselling authors are sure-fire summer hits.

1. LAYOVER by David Bell

 

Publication Date: July 2nd

“In the hands of a master of suspense like Bell, a chance flirtation at an airport leads to a fast-paced novel filled with turbulence. Make sure your belt is fastened and enjoy! Bell is at his best.”—Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of Best Day Ever

In this high concept psychological suspense novel from USA Today bestselling author David Bell, a chance meeting—and passionate kiss—with a beautiful woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth.

2. GIRLS LIKE US by Cristina Alger

 

Publication Date: July 2nd

Girls Like Us is something special: A beautiful, deeply textured novel and a poignant, surprising mystery. I loved it, every chapter and every word. I’m going to be thinking about it as a reader, a father, and a storyteller for a long, long time.”—Chris Bohjalian, author of The Flight Attendant

Girls Like Us is Cristina Alger’s best book yet. Worlds collide when an FBI agent investigates a string of grisly murders on Long Island that raises the impossible question: What happens when the primary suspect is your father?

3. LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

 

Publication Date: July 2nd

Lock Every Door is a gem: Fast-paced, crisp writing, stellar character development. Riley Sager’s best book yet!”
—Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of In Her Bones

A young woman has a new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings…but it may cost more than it pays. Super eerie, this heart-pounding thriller from Riley Sager is sure to be another bestseller.

4. The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

 

Publication Date: July 30th

“High wire tension from the first moment to the last. Four ruthless people locked in a deadly game where victory means survival. Gripping and unforgettable!” ―Harlan Coben

Four young Wall Street rising stars discover the price of ambition when an escape room challenge turns into a lethal game of revenge in this gripping debut from Megan Goldin. In the lucrative world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success lavishly―but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost.

5. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Publication Date: July 2nd

“Exciting and sprinkled with razor-sharp insights about what it is to be a woman today, Whisper Network is a witty and timely story that will make you cheer for sisterhood.”
―Liv Constantine, USA Today bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one, “none of this would have happened.”

Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand against an inappropriate boss sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies are uncovered, and secrets exposed. And not everyone will survive. All of their lives―as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries―will change dramatically as a result.

6. The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

 

Publication Date: June 11th

“Marissa Stapley’s writing is a gift.”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

As a deadly tropical storm descends on the Mayan Riviera coast, trapping the hosts and the guests on the resort, secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and not one single person—or their marriage—will remain unchanged by what follows.

7. A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

 

\Publication Date: July 23rd

“Fans of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn meet your next obsession.” ―BuzzFeed

Michele Campbell’s edge-of-your seat story of passion and intrigue will keep you guessing until the very end. Caroline Stark’s beach house was supposed to showcase what she thought was her perfect family. But after a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem: her husband is lying to her, the money is disappearing, and there’s a stranger on the beach outside her house.

8. THOSE PEOPLE by Louise Candlish

 

Publication Date: June 11th

“[A] disturbing novel of domestic suspense. With a structure reminiscent of Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies…A nicely paced, wryly intelligent novel with sharp insights into human behavior.”—Kirkus Reviews

In Louise Candlish’s startling domestic suspense novel set in a suburban neighborhood poses the question: “Could your neighbor make you angry enough to kill?” Lowland Way is the epitome of the suburban dream. Every house and yard is carefully maintained for maximum curb appeal, and everyone knows one another and gets along. When Darren and Jodie move in, the neighborhood changes for the worse. An all-out war is brewing on Lowland Way, and when someone is killed, accusations start flying.