Review: Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies
By Liane Moriarty
Berkley, 9780425274866, August 2015, 512pp.

The Short of It:

I waited far too long to read this one and now I want to read all of her books.

The Rest of It:

Many of you read this book when it first came out. Many of you have seen the TV show. But I think there is a group out there that has avoided it for two reasons:

  • Too much hype
  • It’s too fluffy

I am here to tell you that although I may have avoided it for the two reasons above, I was completely wrong in doing so.

Picture a story full of relatable characters but set in a small town, full of gossipy women (and men). Add  an elementary school. Add bullying, domestic violence and other domestic affairs that keep the town buzzing. What you end up with is an unputdownable book that has a little bit of depth.

These women are so accurately drawn that I could put names to at least three of them because they are so similar to the women I’ve known throughout my life. As they say, everyone has a story and these women have their own as well as secrets which makes for great fun while reading a book.

The story is centered around something that has happened. As a reader, you do not know what but you know it’s bad and you know it affects the entire town. With each page turn, you are given a tiny glimpse into the night it all went down. This device was very effective. It kept me guessing right until the end.

I enjoyed Big Little Lies so much that I now want to read everything by this author. If you haven’t read it but want something to distract you from all the politics and day-to-day strife, find yourself a copy.

Source: Borrowed
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11 thoughts on “Review: Big Little Lies”

  1. I enjoyed the novel too. It takes on tough issues and it’s also entertaining. The TV season 1 & 2 were also great escape watching with beautiful scenery and people. Instead of Australia they move the whole story to Carmel & Big Sur area … and somehow it works.

  2. High praise for this one; I think I’ll try it at some point. Our book group read What Alice Forgot by this author it was pretty good and my SIL loved The Husband’s Secret by her as well.

    1. I think you will really like it. I dragged out the last few pages so I could spend a little more time with it but it’s a book you can easily sail through.

    1. I guess it doesn’t matter that I waited so long to read it because now I have so many of her books to look forward to. I actually have a couple of her others already on my Kindle.

  3. There’s a reason this one got all the hype…it’s probably her best one. I’ve read 4 or 5 of her…before and after big little lies…same formula of storytelling. If you like one, you’ll power thru all of them but big little lies definitely hit the bullseye.

    1. I think my reading tastes have changed. I used to be into darker, heavier reads but Big Little Lies was really a perfect read for me. Entertaining with a little bit of substance. I will definitely read her others.

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