I totally forgot to do a book review on „Big Little Lies“ by Liane Moriarty. Boah…quite a tongue twister that last name but she’s an excellent writer.
Big Little Lies is actually the first book which I have read by this author. Personally I think she is most known for her novel “The Husband’s Secret” which probably the majority of people bring her in contact with. And rightly so, she’s written it.
Big Little Lies is a story about schoolyard moms and before you dismiss it, it’s also a mystery and cleverly plotted. There are 3 main characters which the book focuses on but there are also more people coming into play so it does keep you on your toes. I found all 3 leading ladies very much relatable, very likeable and I felt for each one of them in their unique situation.
The book starts at the end in a way, as we are told that there was a terrible altercation at the trivia school night. What happened and who was involved is not clear. From there the book jumps backwards to I believe 6 months before this fateful night and we are taken on quite a ride with these ladies.
I found I got totally hooked in to the ladies lives and I looked forward each evening to read the book and oftentimes ending up reading just one more chapter as I couldn’t put it down.
The only thing I found a bit, well overwhelming to be honest, were the additional comments by other parents as each chapter closes. Don’t get me wrong, they are witty remarks but it threw me a bit off to read so many names and then trying to understand who it is. Is it Madeleine’s friend or her enemy who says this? That kind of thoughts went through my head as I wasn’t sure if it could be vital to the overall story. Turns out, the comments are not vital, so just read them with pleasure, they won’t spoil the book if you don’t know who the person is saying it.
Liane Moriarty is a great author and I look forward to reading many more novels of hers. Luckily she has written quite a few already. My next one will be “The Last Anniversary” and then “The Husbands Secret”.
Since I found Big Little Lies absolutely thrilling and a great read, I was even more pleased when I saw that a TV series is currently being in the works which are based on this book. And a major bonus is the cast. Reese Whitherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley represent the leading ladies. I absolutely can’t wait to see the drama of the book unfold on the big screen.