Sunday, January 28, 2018

*Review* Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Genre: Mystery
Published: July 29, 2014
Pages: 460

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.

This was the book selected for one of my last book club meetings in Germany, and I almost had it finished in time for the meeting, which has been impressive lately. I didn't finish it in time, but I was close. We were supposed to watch a few episodes of the TV show that's based on the book, but never managed to get around to that. 

So this story hooked me pretty much from the start. It had a major reality tv feeling to it from the beginning, and because it focuses on mother's of young children, it was very relatable for me because I have young children. But I think the story hooked me because it starts at the ending, sort of. We were almost immediately treated to the information that someone died, but you had to read the book to find out who, and just who killed them. It wasn't Colonel Mustard in the library with the wrench. 

Now like I mentioned, I had not finished the book in time for the meeting, and I managed to get one of my fellow bookclub members to spoil the ending for me and tell me who died. This may have helped me figure out whodunit when I did (and I did figure it out before it happened, although not long before). While there are lots of little clues sprinkled throughout the book to try to help you piece the mystery together, they are subtle, and since you don't even know who died, it's kind of harder to figure out who the guilty party is I think. I had a lot of fun jumping to conclusions before I even knew who had died though, even if most of them were wrong. 

While the book is classified as mystery because of the whole death thing, it felt way more women's fiction to me, so if you're not a big mystery fan, don't let that turn you off (I'm not a big mystery fan myself). 

Overall I give Big Little Lies 5.07645637 stars. 

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies.

The Husband's Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a no. 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and will be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights. 

With the launch of her novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series based on the book is currently in production with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley playing the three lead roles.

Liane’s newest novel, Truly Madly Guilty, will be released in July 2016. 

Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter. You can find more at and

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