Big Little Lies- Book Review


About the Book:

Title: Big Little Lies

Author Liane Moriarty

Publisher:  G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Length: 460 pages

Plot: 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.

Favorite Quote-All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”

The book is based in Australia, having the preschool as the common link. The book at the beginning clearly states that somebody was murdered at a school Trivia night. The book is presented from three women’s point of view, Madeline, Celeste & Jane. Each of them have a very peculiar character, vastly different from each other and they still manage to bind themselves in a common bond. I love the way each character comes across strongly. My favorite character is Madelline, and this book proves that wealth is not of importance when you have a warm loving family who stands by you in the time of need. It is well narrated, the mystery holds up until the end.  What appealed to me is not the mystery but the style of writing. It’s quite like catching up with your gang of girls to have a quick chat, discuss your life, your troubles, your insecurties, gossiping about every thing that happened.

Each chapter at the end has statements of various parents present at the party. The confessions show how shallow and self involved people can be. There is a lot of school politics, ditching, bitching, etc, etc that makes the book vivacious & dynamic. This is my first Liane Moriarty book and I am sure that this is not going to be the last one! 😉

Rating- 3.5/5




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