Big Little Lies
By: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Penguin Books
Originally Published: July 2014
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Chick Lit
My rating: 4 stars
Three women (Madeline, Celeste, and Jane) all have children beginning kindergarten. Madeline is strong willed and confident. She works part-time in a successful marketing gig, has a husband that loves her and 2 children that she adores Chloe and Abigail. Celeste and her husband are beautiful and rich. She spends her time caring for her twin boys, Josh and Max. Young Jane and her son, Ziggy, are new to town. They are looking for a fresh start. All share their lives in a cute seaside town that appears to be the ideal setting for an ideal life.
Each of these women have children starting kindergarten at Pirriwee Public Primary School. Beginning school here is not for the faint of heart! Moms beware! These ladies are on the lookout for gossip galore. Trivia Night will be the event of the century for Pirrewee Public and its attendees. So much so that one attendee won’t make it home this time.
Big Little Lies takes you on a journey through PTO and book club meetings, gossip and rumors untold. As the lives of these women unfold, we learn their lives are not so perfect after all. There are tales of abuse, bullying, and more. In the end on must die, but who will it be?
The novel is told from each characters’ point of view, one chapter at a time. The police are interviewing witnesses throughout with humorous tidbits of interviews at the end of each chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed this style of writing. It made for a more well-rounded story from all different perspectives.
In the beginning, we learn that there is a death on Trivia Night. The remainder of the novel is putting together the pieces of the crime scene and the events that led up to it. The events that unfold along with the growing bonds of the characters keep the reader interested. The controversial topics of domestic violence, sex trafficking and bullying all kept the novel woefully realistic. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.
The novel didn’t grab my attention from the start. I did grow to love the quirky characters and felt like they could be any one of my personal friends. I loved the closeness they share and the realistic battles they were all facing. The saying, “Be nice to everyone you meet, they are all facing a battle you know nothing about” comes to mind with an all too real truth. The secrets they hide, yet overcome together were real and touching.
I purchased this book on Audible as my monthly point that I am allotted. This was my first Audible read. I was impressed and grew to love the accented voice of Caroline Lee. This was also my first book by author, Liane Moriarty. I am already reading another (be on the lookout for my review)!
I would recommend this book to lovers of a good mystery and chick lit. This book is a great combination of the two genres.
I have started watching the mini-series on HBO and it follows very closely with the book so far. I predict it will be great as well. However, if you prefer reading, I do not recommend watching the mini-series first just due to the ending spoiler.
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If you like to compare and contrast the book to the movie (like I do), here is Season 1 of Big Little Lies (a little birdie told me there is a Season 2 in the works!! EEK!)