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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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Review: The Passengers

The Passengers

The Passengers
By John Marrs
Berkley, 9781984806970, August 2019, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Interesting concept. Wasn’t sure it would work well but it all came together and raised some good questions about privacy.

The Rest of It:

A select group of participants, chosen for the secrets they harbor, suddenly become hostages as their self-driving cars are overtaken by terrorists.

What added to this story is that a group of jurors have been appointed to watch their every move inside their vehicles and as their secrets are revealed, they determine whether they live or die.

Sound crazy? It is!

The pace of the story took off with a bang but then slowed down considerably as each passenger is revealed to us. Once we get past all the introductions the pace picked up again, significantly. I had mixed feelings about the story. It felt a little cold and it was hard to like anyone in the story, which affected how I felt about their chance for survival, but what the story says about privacy and what we allow technology to know about us gave me pause. This story is not that far-fetched, which is chilling.

I enjoyed The Passengers. I read it in one sitting. If you want a quick read that has a little more to it than just a lot of action, then give it a try.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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