Review: Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

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Genre: General/Speculative Fiction
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: July 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal
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Blurb:

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.

Review:

If you’re ever looking for a juicy and scandalous read, look no further because Big Little Lies has all the suspense and thrilling essence that will make you not want this book to ever end! This is my first book by her and I must say I was blown away..

“Oh, calamity!”

There are so many things about this book that I just love! From the wonderful characters that played such a big role in uncovering the truth, to the wonderful plot twist(s) that was embedded within the story. Never have I read a 500-page book so fast!

The Plot

Big Little Lies tell the story of 3 women who befriend each other in a small state in Australia. And from the very first page, you will get hooked into the lives of these very different but amazingly strong ladies. Madeline, Celeste and Jane bonded early on from their experiences with motherhood and how to survive in a high end suburb filled with pre-school politics, cheating husbands, ex-spouse and juicy secrets not meant for the public eye. And now, they all connected in a death of a person from their neighbourhood. And the whole book is based on revealing who died and how.

Pretty suspense, trust me.

“It had never crossed her mind that sending your child to school would be like going back to school yourself.”

The format was a bit weird to get into at first, the story alternated between the flashbacks to previous months before the death took place and the present where various parents and teachers living in the high-end neighborhood gave their statements to an interview for a police investigation.

Which made the whole book pretty unique considering the past and present were so well tied together!

This book literally kept me on my toes. From the beginning, I kept trying to guess who the victim and killer are. But with each chapter and more secrets revealed, I figured I was going to fail guessing anyway! The story took place in so many twists and turns that you are sent spiraling out of control while keeping up with the juicy scandals.Just when I thought I had the story figured out, I flipped the page andliterally screamed “What. The Hell??!” when the truth was revealed.

I kid you not. I screamed.

I was glad no one heard me.

It was so much fun to be sent on such a whirlwind adventure. Moriarty is a master in keeping her readers hooked from the beginning.

The Characters:

I simply adore how well the characters were presented here. From Madeline with her zesty personality and grudge against her ex-husband and his much younger new wife, to Celeste the elegant and beautiful blonde that everyone envies.

“They say it’s good to let your grudges go, but I don’t know, I’m quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.”  – Madeline

We also get Jane, the new mom on the block who has such a weight on her shoulders and a dark past. Who also happens to be exceedingly smart but because of a drunken mistake, her life takes a different turn that led her meeting the other 2.

“I mean a fat, ugly man can still be funny and lovable and successful,” continued Jane. “But it’s like it’s the most shameful thing for a woman to be.”

All 3 ladies I found to be relatable as human beings with realistic problems and a lot of secrets hidden from the world. This book was great in a sense that made you understand the emotional burden women everywhere are experiencing, the heartbreak that comes with marriages or divorces, and the fierce love each mother has in protecting her child.

You can’t help but to root for these 3 ladies and hope that none of them becomes the victim of Moriarty’s evil scheme. Their personalities are so well-written and distinct that leave you wishing you could join their clique and gossip with them over coffee and cakes by the seaside.

Hands down, Big Little Lies is one of the most exciting speculative fiction I’ve ever read for adults! I will be looking for Moriarty’s other books soon. This book has the perfect mix of Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives elements, and is perfect for matured readers who enjoyed The Thousandth Floor (Katherine McGee)!

RATING: ★★★★★

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3 thoughts on “Review: Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

    • BookLoves_ Reviews says:

      Hey! Thanks for your comment! I do hope you enjoy the book as much as I did 😀 Let me know what you think when you’re done with it!

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