Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestseller that Entertainment Weekly called “a surefire hit.”

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.

 

 

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I once heard that motherhood means throwing yourself across train tracks or crawling across hot coals to save your child. I knew then I’d never have kids. My sense of self-preservation is too strong to voluntarily give up my life for anyone else. I mean, maybe I’d take a bullet for my wife. Maybe … ? More likely, I’d give her a kiss and wish her luck as I ran, but really don’t worry about her, she’d be fine. She’s much faster than me. Oh calamity!

All joking aside, the ins and outs of motherhood and the pecking order in the PTAs with these mean girl mothers fascinates me. It seems like this freakish suburban hell where you have to repeat junior high over and over again. So I was absolutely voyeuristically delighted to read Big Little Lies. I was expecting an eviscerating of Queen Bee moms, but I wasn’t expecting such well-rounded characters with an intriguing and complex storyline. Oh sure, there were plenty of stereotypes to go around including Blonde Bobs and stay at home moms pitted against career moms and the judgie bitchiness that seems to be ingrained in female characters, but the warmth and caring and downright protectiveness some of the women felt for each other really warmed my cold black heart. Oh calamity!

The main protagonists in the novel, Madeline, Celeste, and Jane all have secrets and damaging events in their lives but they care about one another in a way that is a shining example of what female friendships ought to be. Following their stories was a window into three very different women and their families. Despite their outward differences, don’t they all want the same basic things from their lives? For their loved ones to be safe and happy and protected? I grew to love these women and their personalities and their quirks, and yes, even *gasp* their kids. I want to taste Jane’s muffins (that is not a euphemism), I want to go shopping with Madeline and stand beside her while she takes up a cause, and I want to see the real Celeste and to give her a hug. I want to watch their kids grow and blossom and to be kind. Oh calamity!

What did I take away from this book? Never, ever judge a book by its cover, women are always stronger than you think they are, big little lies are all around us, and most simply, be kind. It’s an interesting concept and one we should all remember. No matter how grand someone’s life looks like on the outside, no matter how good they are “facebooking” you that their life is perfect, no matter how in control they seem … you really have no idea what is going on in someone’s private home life. Oh calamity!

I highly recommend this book. It will make you think about life and the people you know and the stories they share and even more, the ones they don’t. If you want an intensely fascinating ride with wonderful characters, 1-click this book!

 

 

About the Author

 

Liane Moriarty is the Australian author of six internationally best-selling novels, Three Wishes, The Last Anniversary, What Alice Forgot, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and the number 1 New York Times bestsellers: The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies.

The Husband’s Secret has sold over three million copies worldwide, was a no. 1 UK bestseller, an Amazon Best Book of 2013 and will be translated into over 40 languages. CBS Films has acquired the film rights.

With the launch of her novel, Big Little Lies, which has sold over one million copies in the US alone, Liane became the first Australian author to have a novel debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. An HBO series based on the book is currently in production with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley playing the three lead roles.

Liane’s newest novel, Truly Madly Guilty, will be released in July 2016.

Liane lives in Sydney with her husband, son and daughter.

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