Obviously I am aware that it is basically December but… I finally got a chance to finish my October Book of The Month!
I read the novel Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I first got this book as a birthday present for my best friend. I typically do not gift books that I have not read myself so… I put this one on the top of my list. I had watched the mini series on HBO last year so I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t enjoy the book. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shaliene Woodley, and Zoe Cravitz killed it and I didn’t want to be disappointed since I already knew the ending.
I was so WRONG! I loved the book. It was just different enough to keep my focus from beginning to end. There were 486 pages and 86 chapters but they’re short and contain a lot of dialogue, so it goes fast.
It is a mystery with a lot of twists and turns. To avoid giving anything away, I will just include the book synopsis:
Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal…
A murder…a tragic accident…or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
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.
I encourage anyone who enjoys a good mystery novel to pick this one up. It’s a great read for all of your road trips, flights, and nights spent by the fire this holiday season! I personally will be picking up the other titles written by this author and putting them on my list 🙂
Perhaps you hate HBO? Perhaps you hate books? You do you, boo.