Fiction · Gwen B · In the Library · Mystery · Page-Turner

Big Little Lies | by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
(Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, 2014, 480 pages)


A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?  

What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.  

But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s writing. She can write about a group of people in such a way that all of them are easy to relate to and memorable. I am impressed with her style of writing. I can say that I really ended up enjoying this one just as I enjoyed reading The Husband’s Secret. After reading The Husband’s Secret I knew I wanted to read more of her books. It is a superb read that you won’t be able to put down. It had humor, twists, and lots of suspense throughout the book. It truly grasped my interest and left me just wanting to keep reading it. The humor side of it was just the right amount without taking the seriousness of the subject matter away. Moriarty strikes again with a gripping story that insists you take a closer look at all relationships. It has an ending you will never guess and the characters are so alive. I enjoyed every minute of it 🙂

You can also check out Julia’s review.

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