BIG LITTLE LIES BY LIANE MORIARTY


PLOT SUMMARY:

A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.

MY REVIEW: First thing I’ll say is that after reading Nine Perfect Strangers and then this, I could understand why some people weren’t fans of NPS. The same wit is present in the writing but NPS does take a really weird turn that Moriarty’s fans may not have been prepared for. It can be strange when a favourite author goes down a different route to what you’re used to. ⁣

I really enjoyed this book, but wish I had no idea what it was about when I read it. I didn’t watch the full series but my housemates at the time were huge fans and so I picked up on things here and there and knew what the ending was. So that took away from the book slightly, as I think the build up and reveal at the end would have been great but as I said, it was still a really enjoyable read. ⁣

Moriarty is unbelievably talented at giving her characters their own voice and you feel that you are getting to know each of them really well, rather than focusing on one particular character. Her wit is very evident in this and is one of the things I really love about her writing but she also doesn’t allow it to become overbearing and take away from how well she portrays serious topics when it is needed. ⁣

And there are some serious and dark topics addressed in this story and the way Moriarty goes about it is really unique and refreshing. Rape, domestic abuse, emotional abuse, bullying (for children and adults) and more are far more common occurrences than we would like to admit and the way Moriarty brings them to light in this book is really well done. The story is uncensored and raw and portrayed so well that you can very easily visualise these characters and the challenges they are facing.

Overall, a great read and a nice (re)introduction into Moriarty’s world after reading Nine Perfect Strangers. I have a few other books by her on my TBR and I can’t wait to read them.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Witty (where appropriate)

Real

Uncensored


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Champagne is never a mistake.” - 100% my life motto!

FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Madeline, I just thought she was hilarious but extremely loyal and someone I would love to meet in person. There were times she came across a little annoying but it just makes her all the more realistic in my opinion.

OVERALL RATING:

8/10

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