Petronella McGovern is a friend of Liane Moriarty's, and the best-selling author better watch out

By Karen Hardy
Updated July 6 2019 - 12:09am, first published July 5 2019 - 2:00pm

One of the best aspects about what I'm going to call "suburban noir" is that the books are filled with people who could well be living next door. If you go through the line-up of Liane Moriarty novels, for example, Big Little Lies could be set in, say Red Hill, just as successfully as it was on the northern beaches of Sydney. Indeed Reece Witherspoon lost nothing of the story by moving it to California's Monterey coast for the award-winning television series.

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