“Big Little Lies”, by Liane Moriarty

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Big Little Lies Review

Overall Book Rating: 4.5/5

Read it, or save your time?  The story is fun and light and deep and dark all at once.  If you haven’t read it for some strange reason, put it to the top of your list.

What’s it about?  In the beginning, we are presented with a dead body at the school’s Trivia Night event.  We know a murder has occurred, but who is dead?  And why?  And who did it?  Lots to contemplate…

Going back to the events leading up to the murder, Moriarty spins the story of three young mothers, Celeste, Madeline, and Jane who all live in the same affluent beach community in Australia.  Celeste is stunning and the envy of many, but no one knows her perfect life is merely a facade.  Madeline is funny and sarcastic; a force to be reckoned with.  Jane is a single mother and new to town, who has a haunting past she can’t seem to shake.  Although they lead very different lives, they are tied together through their kindergartner’s who attend the same school, and form a close friendship.  As the story unfolds, lies, gossip, and dark secrets surface and culminate in an explosive and shocking ending.

Reviewer’s Note: The joy in this book is not in the murder-mystery part, although that too was well executed and highly satisfying, but rather in the rich character development and various sub-plots, ranging from petty suburban drama to playground bullying and domestic abuse. The series on HBO, set in California instead of Australia, does the book justice and is definitely binge-worthy.