Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

by Liane Moriarty

Overview: 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.

Faith Bowers (05/31/15):
Debbie Weiss had just reviewed this book and I had recently discussed The Husband's Secret at Book Club. I just had to read it. I am so glad that Liane Moriarty writes better with each book. I thought I was reading more of the same because again it takes place in Australia and Madelaine so reminded me of Cecilia in The Husband's Secret. Before and sometimes at the end of each chapter we are reading about what others are saying regarding the death of someone at the annual Trivia Night Fund Raiser. The main characters were well developed within the context of 6 months before the big event. We don't know who died until almost the end but you are most definitely wondering and looking for clues just like the detective. I loved the hilarity of the Annual Trivia Night and Ms. Moriarty's set up of the surprise but not twisted ending. I enjoyed reading the book and though she tries to bring up issues, I just think it was a good read. Rating: ****

Debbie Weiss (05/14/15): This was a fun book to read. On the surface, it was just a book about a suburban community and all the gossip and backstabbing that takes place among its residents. Three women, Madeline, Celeste and Jane are the main characters. We meet their children and their husbands and we learn their thoughts and opinions about things. And then there is the annual social event at the elementary school which ends up with a murder. Who did it and why?

Underneath the "fluff," serious topics are addressesed in this book: spousal abuse, divorce, rape and blended families. As is often the case, things are not always as they seem. 
Rating: ****

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