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.
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Guys, don’t even bother reading this book review. Just stop what you’re doing (including reading this) and go buy Big Little Lies and then read it in one sitting and thank me later. Well actually maybe stick around and read this review but after this then you can buy this book ASAP.
If you can’t tell I really loved this book. It’s 500 pages but it felt like it was only about 300 and it took me a little over a day to read it because I could not put it down. It kept twisting and turning in ways that had to find out what was going to happen next before I could do anything else.
I remember last year I found out that Alexander Skarsgard was going to be in a TV adaptation of one of Liane Moriarty’s books and I was really excited because I love him so I thought well I have to read that. Except I got the wrong book and I read The Husbands Secret instead of Big Little Lies. That was the second book of Moriarty’s that I had read and I just didn’t love it that much that I was like well forget it I’m not even going to bother with Big Little Lies.
It wasn’t until I actually saw the trailer for the show and I was that looks so good so I went to pick up the book and I’m so glad I did. It’s by far my favorite book of hers that I have read. It’s twisted, dark, and I audibly screamed in shocked at one of the reveals. She played everything so perfectly that I honestly didn’t see anything coming. Maybe some people did but I didn’t and I absolutely love the feeling of being completely surprised by a book.
I sat in my chair for like five minutes just going “oh my god”. It was brilliant. The three main characters, Madeline, Jane, and Celeste, were all so incredibly different yet they just fit together as friends and you grow to love them (and worry about them) as well as love how much they are there for one another.
All of the women are so different and it feels like everyone who reads this book can probably find something in at least one of them to relate to. The storylines in Big Little Lies cover everything from ex-husbands, domestic violence, children, marriage, single motherhood, and just all of the secrets we keep that end up changing our life more and more.
I’m sure a lot of people would classify this as just fluffy chick-lit and it does have a bit of a feel of something like Desperate Housewives but I found it engrossing, sad, funny, scary, and everything else you would want in a book like this. It’s one I wont soon forget and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the TV adaptation pans out as well.