Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Women’s Fiction, Mystery/Thriller
Published: August 2015
This book is being made into an HBO series - I can't wait!
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 is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I was truly captivated throughout the whole story trying to figure out what was going to happen that I had a hard time putting it down -and the book is nearly 500 pages! Just…WOW. There were so many things going on in this book that my mind was truly baffled (but in a good way) the whole way through. Everything about it though is on point. The writing style is phenomenal, the plot if thick and rich, and the conclusion is satisfying. If you haven’t had a chance to read this one GET IT. It’s amazing!
The story follows the lives of three different women as they navigate the playground of their children’s school. While this part of the storyline is quite hilarious (as you get to see the parents misbehaving and the crazy antics that go on between battling moms) there are some secrets and lies laying beneath the surface that will really get readers thinking. Madeline for instance is having problems with her teenage daughter, Celeste is keeping a dark secret from everyone and will do almost anything to keep it a secret, and poor Jane is being ridiculed by other moms because of her age and the fact that they all believe her son is a bully. Each of these women luckily have each other to lean on but keeping these secrets is hard… and sometimes these secrets lead to murder.
Overall, this is a fantastically written story that is witty, sassy, humorous, thrilling, suspenseful, and mysterious. Keeping secrets is hard to do, and Moriarity proves this within this story. I loved how the author is able to successfully turn mundane tasks into big ones, how she is sensitive to topics that may bother some people, and how she successfully weaves the secrets and lies between all the women and brings it together (in a fantastic way I might add) in the end. Gosh, I just loved this one SO MUCH. I am going to pick up the rest of her books now because I have a feeling I have a new favorite author on my hands…