Review: Big Little Lies by Liane MoriartyGenre(s): Contemporary
Pages: 465
Source: Library
For: Book Club

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts

I was supposed to read Big Little Lies for book club, but I was still in my reading slump so I didn’t quite get to it. I’m glad I decided to still read it, though, because it was a treat!

As soon as I started reading Big Little Lies, I didn’t want to stop reading it. I thought about it when I wasn’t reading and couldn’t wait to get back to it. I loved Moriarty’s writing and the setup of the story with the mystery. I also loved the depth of the story, the portrayal of so many forms of abuse and how it affects everyone involved.

I liked reading the story from all three women’s point-of-view, but Jane was my favorite adult. I related to her the most, even though I’m not a young mother. I felt for all the characters, especially little Ziggy. He took the brunt of everyone’s frustrations and political agenda. Poor kid.

I’m excited to watch the HBO miniseries now to see how it portrays the events of the book.

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