Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriaty
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.
How I found it!
Big Little Lies is one of those novels that never crossed by path. Not really too sure why, as it is in my favorite genres. I was browsing the web and an advertisement for HBO’s news series Little Big Lies came on. Truthfully, I am not to sure if it was the advertisement itself or the fact that it starred Reese Witherspoon that pulled me in. I did my research, stumbled across the book, accidentally found the book inside my local Walmart and snatched it up before I could think twice about it.
The Actual Review
It started out kind of slow for me, but I found that it picked up quickly. The writing style is very unique, I’ve never really seen anything like it before. It flashes back and forth from the current time to the past with such ease, an added plus is that it is very obvious which you are currently in. It is a huge mystery that left me itching to figure out who did it and what exactly happened. It takes the entire novel to unravel the mystery.
The best part for me about this novel is that usually I can guess and be right, but this time I was one hundred percent wrong. I gasp and cried out when I got to the ending and it left me wanting so much more! I am almost positive there won’t be a sequel, but I would snatch it up in a second if it came along. I did binge the HBO series as well, but this is not a review for the TV show. That may be coming soon though.
This book earned a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars and has a place on my favorite books shelf. I am loving her writing style and have since read one of her other books and started on a third!