By Liane Moriarty
Published by Berkley
on July 29, 2014
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I don’t know what took me so long to get around to reading this book (actually I do – I have a never-ending/constantly growing list of books to read!) but all the buzz around the HBO adaptation finally pushed me to check this out.
Initially, I struggled to get into this. It felt like there were a lot of names and characters being thrown at me, and I couldn’t keep them straight. Eventually though, I got pulled into the story and I just couldn’t put it down.
And the reveal behind the mystery was so good! One aspect of it (the identity of the dead person) was not a surprise to me, but another (Spoiler alert – highlight to read: the true identity of Saxon Banks! End of spoilers.) totally was and literally made my jaw drop!
This was a fun read but also it touched on some really dark subject matter. I can’t wait to see the TV adaptation, and to read more of Liane Moriarty’s books.