Monday, August 04, 2014

Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Title: Big Little Lies   
Author: Liane Moriarty    
Published: July 2014, Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam  
Format: ARC Paperback, 480 pages   
Source: Publisher  

A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?

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.

My thoughts: I first came across Liane Moriarty when the She Reads book club picked The Husband's Secret as one of their monthly book club selections. I thoroughly enjoyed that book and while I do plan on going back and reading some of her older books, I just haven't had the time. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I found out Liane was going to be at BEA signing advanced copies of her newest book, Big Little Lies...this was a book I just had to get!!!

I loved this book! While a chunkster of a book at 450 plus pages, it reads quite quickly and I found I just couldn't put it down. Right from the very beginning you know that there's been an incident at a school event but the details are very sketchy. The story goes back in time and leads us up to the night of the incident, slowly unraveling bits and pieces. 

The characters are hysterical - they really make the book. The dialogue is witty and engaging and there are some characters you just want to slap! I loved the statements made at the end of each chapter - they were some of the funniest parts of the book in the fact that they were so off-base at times. 

As light-hearted as parts of the book was, there was also a serious undertone to it that tackled bullying and domestic violence. Not once, though, was the book ever bogged down - Liane Moriarty was able to pair the good with the bad in such a way as to create a very enjoyable story that just makes you think.

This is definitely one of my top reads of the year and now I really want to get to her other books sooner rather than later. Have you read any of her other books? Which would you recommend I read next?


14 comments:

  1. Thanks for your great review. I just completed What Alice Forgot and have read The Husband's Secret. I enjoyed both of those books. Big Little Lies sounds wonderful. Moriarty is a very entertaining writer. You were lucky to be able to go to BEA and receive a signed copy.

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    1. I'll have to get a copy of What Alice Forgot to read. I enjoyed The Husband's Secret a lot but think this newest one might be even better!

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  2. I have wanted to read The Husband's Secret for some time now but I may forgo it to read Big Little Lies first. Terrific review!

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    1. I definitely enjoyed both, but think Big Little Lies might be my favorite!

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  3. I've heard amazing things about this author and this looks like another winner from her. This one appeals to me the most so it may be the first book I pick up. Great review!

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    1. She really is a wonderful writer!!! I love her characters - especially the ones in this book!

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  4. Definitely want to read this book. Awesome review.

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    1. Hope you get to read it soon - I'll be curious to see what you think!

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  5. This sounds very appealing to me. Terrific review, Kristin!

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    1. It's great...definitely read it, Suko!!!

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  6. I loved The Husband's Secret and went on to buy a couple more of her books but didn't get chance to read them yet. I've heard from a few people that Big Little Lies may be better then THS, so I'm definitely going to have to read this one.

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    1. I enjoyed both but think BLL is my favorite!

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  7. I can't wait to read this. It is on my pile of upcoming reads and hopefully I'll get to start it this week. I loved The Husband's Secret and What Alice Forgot. I think she is getting better and better with each book.

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  8. I loved this one, too! Definitely will be on my Top Ten Favorites for the year Thanks for sharing.

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