Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty
Summary: 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.
Source: I borrowed a digital copy from my local library
I feel like I’d seen enough hype about this book and I knew it was a show on HBO, so I finally placed a hold at the library and began reading when it was available. I didn’t have much in the way of expectations, but I thought it would be a contemporary about moms. And I was right for the most part, but it was also a murder mystery, so that was fun.
I really enjoyed Big Little Lies. The book immediately hooked me and I found myself genuinely intrigued by the lives of the characters. I had no idea what would happen next and was truly surprised by the twists. It did have that contemporary feel, but was focused just as much on the darker side of everyone’s lives that it fits in with the thrillers and suspense novels that are popular these days.
I definitely recommend this one!
Book to TV Show Thoughts:
After I read the book, I decided to check out the HBO show and devoured it fairly quickly. I felt the show was true to the essence of the book, but they did make a few changes. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t set in Australia, but the setting in the show still worked well. I was a bit taken aback by the casting, but they all did a great job and were true to the book characters for the most part. I definitely recommend watching the show, too!