Book Review – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

HILARIOUS with a dash of MURDER!!!

 

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. 

 

Hardcover, 460 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Berkley

 

The first time I read this book was in October of 2014. It was my second book by Liane Moriarty after The Husband’s Secret  but Big Little Lies was sooooo much BETTER!!!

It was funny, and poignant. And so on point regarding school politics and crazy parents. I’ve seen it all and honestly it’s not that far fetched or much exaggerated. But it also had a darker more serious side.

When I found out that Reese Witherspoon bought the filming rights and that it was being filmed in my neighborhood (ok, an hour away), I knew that I had to watch the show and would be rereading the book just to refresh my memories.

The trailer looked mighty fine and a lot more raunchy than the book really was, but that’s HBO 😀

 

 

To reread it a second time I bought the audible version, because all my libraries where out of the book and the waiting list would have literally killed me. And I have to say, Big Little Lies  was as good the second time around as it was the first time – even though I knew who got killed.:D

What I loved the most about Big Little Lies was that it had the perfect mix of funny, snarky dialogs, and a hilarious bunch of over-the-top moms.

The story started out ominously.

Someone was KILLED!!!!!!

But the reader wouldn’t find out about who got killed until the very END!!

So let’s rewind…..

…someone died at a parents trivia night.

The thought alone was hilarious. Parents killing one of their own peers while playing trivia. Let’s bring out the knife or gun during “What’s the easiest way to kill a parent?”

The book started at the beginning of the school year, which in Australia starts in late January/early February – very different to Europe and the US. The parents were introduced, mostly MOMS and ONE dad. But those ladies had me laughing my head off.

From the very start there were two groups. And of course enemy lines were drawn immodestly. Either you were in one or the other group – no fraternization allowed. I preferred Madeline’s group  – she was HILARIOUS!!

Madeline was one of the best characters in this book. She didn’t take herself too serious and always had a snarky comment or two. And her marriage was pretty awesome – all thanks to an amazing and funny husband.

Now, Celeste was a different story all together. She was complex and fascinating in a – what’s going on in your head is pretty screwed up but also quite riveting – kind of way. I felt for her, cheered for her, but also thought women you need your head screwed on right.

Jane was as normal as a person could be – yeah NOT!!! Non of those moms were normal. They all had something going on. Insecurities, bad marriages, unhappy lives, tragic pasts, workaholics, kids-are-genius-complexes – you name it they had it!!

Throughout the book ‘big little lies‘ were uncovered, skeletons in closets were revealed, and the bitter truth was dragged out into the light if it wanted or not!!!

It was quite spellbinding to see everything enfold. And there was not ONE minute I was bored or thought the book was predictable.

I loved the interview take outs throughout the book. Before or after each chapter were snippets of police interviews – all the parents gave their opinion of what happened. It was funny how those opinions differed and contradicted themselves.

I think the hardest and most heart wrenching part for me was reading about Ziggy. That little boy held up remarkable well under the circumstances, and all I wanted was to give him a big, tight hug.

For me Big Little Lies was a gem! It was such a great book that totally surprised me in the best of ways. I was raving about it to friends and family. Listening to it made my commute so much more enjoyable.

But please remember – it’s FICTION!!! Over the top, maybe. But just fiction.

I would highly recommend it just for the entertaining factor. 😀

And I need to mention that the narrator did a fantastic job and made my listening experience OUTSTANDING!!!

 

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