Book Review: Big Little Lies 14


Chick-lit with a bite 3.8 stars!

 

About the Book

 

Big little Lies by Liane Moriarty

[Public Library book]

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

Chick-lit with a bite 3.8 stars!

This was the perfect book to read during these “I need to unwind” pre-holiday days.  I hadn’t finished a book in months and I finished this one in five days, which is a record nowadays when my time to read = zero. I made some mushroom quesadillas while I read it 🙂

 

A couple of days ago I snuggled under four layers of covers and blankets and finished it!

This is one of those stories that start at the end and leave you with a big mystery: WHAT??? What happened?? A murder? But, Who died? Who is the killer? Why?

“But that’s not very unique” you may say. And you are right. There are probably hundreds of books like that in the market but Liane’s writing was very compelling: like a freshly baked fudge walnut brownie: warm, soft and spongy but with a crunchy bite. Something that you can chew on for hours and always want more 🙂

No wonder she is a bestselling author! I didn’t know of her a week ago and now three books in the pile on my nightstand are hers.

Great character development and plotting is Liane’s hook. She starts the story a few months before the “incident” and character trait by character trait, backstory by backstory, plot device by plot device you get trapped. She got you. You keep reading, and reading, looking for more clues to solve the mystery: the what, who, how and why.

Sometimes we, suburban families, have a way to pose so our little cracks glimmer when they are in the spotlight. Flaws made into charm. And Liane’s just takes the suburban cookie cutter lives of these families, school backyard gossip, politics and drama to the next level, making it very intriguing and even a little scary.

Something on the lines of “she takes the knife to spread the butter but stop inches from his neck should she? Yes she should it would feel so nice but then there was jail that wouldn’t feel nice” 🙂

I liked Lian‘s writing so much that I picked up two more of her books: Truly Madly Guilty and [which was in my What to read in 2017 list]  and The Husband Secret

 

 

Think you don’t like chick-lit? That’s what I thought too! I’m a “dark fantasy reader” I say all the time. BUT I REALLY liked this book! Go grab Big Little Lies and read it before the TV Show starts!

 

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