Friday, February 3, 2017

Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Format: E-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.

Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty's novel about abuse, schoolyard drama, friendship, and life in general is a book that follows in the petty tradition of Peyton Place.  The book takes place in a beachside town in Australia.  Jane, a new to town mother if a kindergarten students, meets Madeline on the day of her child's orientation at school.  Jane is searching for something - though you don't know what it is until later.  Celeste and Madeline sort of take Jane under their wings, even though they both harbor their own secrets or battling their own demons.  (Celeste, as we find out, is being abused.  Madeline hates her ex-husbands new wife- Barbara.)

Throughout the novel, these helicopter moms all get super involved in not only their kids lives, but the lives of the other mothers at their school.  They all spend the novel getting to know each other, snooping and gossiping about each other and the other moms, and engaging in playground antics that are not at all appropriate for grown ass women.  Then, one night at a school trivia event - held only for the adults of the school - a murder takes place, and it changes everyone's lives.

I don't want to spoil too much - because I think you need to read this book for yourselves and find out everything!  So, let's just say this:

The characters are all very well-developed and well-written.  Even the characters that you would think sort of blend together - like the Blonde Bob's - are all their own people.  The author did a remarkable job of revealing the secrets of the characters in slow fashion, letting the reader know only what was necessary in the moment.

The plot was well thought out, and even though the characters were all pretty petty, I found it believable when each event happened.  I think that these characters really came to care about each other in spite of their differences and their behaviors.

This is a book you want to get your hands on - I give it 5 stars all the way.

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