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Big Little Lies Chapter 56

By Liane Moriarty

Chapter 56

  • Celeste is lying in bed, her head throbbing. 
  • Perry is bringing her cups of tea and working from home. He looks concerned. He's already called Madeline to arrange for the twins to be picked up after school. 
  • The big, sick joke: he says that Celeste "isn't feeling well." 
  • Celeste mulls over what the counselor told her: violent relationships tend to get more and more violent over time. 
  • She thinks about another thing the therapist told her: the most dangerous time for an abused woman is after she's left her abuser. 
  • Huh, thinks Celeste dully.  
  • If I leave, he'll try to kill me. And if I stay, he'll try to kill me. 
  • There's a very good chance that I will die because Perry kills me. 
  • Things just got extra bleak.

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