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.
Once I saw the HBO trailer for Big Little Lies I knew I had to read it before the debut of the TV series. The book had been on my list for quite a while but I kept putting it off! I’m so happy that I finally made the time to read it and I can’t wait to see how it’s adapted for the series. The story is told through the perspective of three women; Madeline, Celeste and Jane. From the very beginning you know a murder took place. Not only are you trying to figure out who the murderer is but also who was murdered. This was definitely a different take on the typical murder mystery story I’m used to.
The book is told through all the events that took place leading up to the school trivia night. Each chapter we get snippets of what people are saying about the murder, drawing the reader in and tempting the reader to make guesses on what happened that night. How Moriarty structured this novel is what really made this story appealing to me. I didn’t want to put the book down. I enjoyed reading the story from each of the main characters perspectives, especially Madeline. She’s an extremely feisty and loyal woman and I found her outlook on the events leading up to the trivia night very interesting.
Liane Moriarty paced this story out perfectly, I was hooked from beginning to end. This was my first Liane Moriarty novel and I will definitely be reading more of her work.