I’ve been a big Liane Moriarty fan since I read What Alice Forgot. Her characters are so realistic and honest that I couldn’t put it down! This book did not disappoint.
Big Little Lies takes place in a beach community, around the start of school. A tragedy has taken place and all of the parents are being questioned about it. The main character focus is on a group of three women, two of whom are already good friends, the third woman just having moved to the area. The two women, Celeste and Madeline, form a friendship with the new woman, Jane and the three quickly form an alliance when the other parents in their children’s class turn against Jane’s son after a supposed bullying incident.
Jane is a young, single mother with a truckload of baggage. Madeline is a feisty woman whose youngest child is entering kindergarten, while her teenage daughter is drifting away from her. Not to mention her ex-husband, who previously abandoned her and her daughter, is now back in the picture trying to be father of the year, and is married to an all natural peace-loving yogi. Celeste and her husband seem to have it all. Looks, money, charm. But there is more to her family than meets the eye. Each chapter will leave you wanting more.
The book is written in several points of views, including the interviewing police officer. It’s hard to keep up at first but once you understand each character, you can’t stop reading. It shows how catty and cruel people can be at any age, but also, how far a person would go to protect his or her family.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away because it’s a fantastically written book and really deserves a read. I liked that it was an intense read but an easy one. Moriarty writes with such passion for her main characters that you can’t help but empathize with them.
Everyone knows parents like the ones she describes. Everyone can also relate to the little lies that we all tell ourselves just to get by.
Have you read Big Little Lies or any of Liane Moriarty’s books? I would love to hear what you think!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Birchblogger Book Club. No other compensation was received. All comments and/or opinions are my own.