I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Narrator: Caroline Lee
Also by this author: The Husband's Secret
Published by Penguin Audio on 25th December 2014
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Women's Literary Fiction
Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
Source: from Netgalley
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.
Thank you to Michael Joseph for my NetGalley copy of this book. I actually borrowed the audiobook from my library. I have previously read one of Liane’s books and I know that this book was made into a TV series that has had very good reviews. but before I watched it I wanted to read the book.
This is one of those books where you can’t stop talking about it but at the same time, you don’t want to spoil the story. There are many secrets in this book and I love the way that they unfolded.
This story follows three women Madeleine, Celeste and Jane. Jane is new to the area and meets friends Madeline and Celeste. The three women have children starting kindergarten at the same school. These three women are very different but have some common ground. Madeleine is an easy person to like and instantly became my favourite. She’s bubbly and loves to be involved. I found quite Celeste frustrating at times. Jane, I just wanted to hug her and tell her it was all okay.
The beginning of the book is actually the end. we flick from the end to the beginning and regularly get fed more mystery from after the ‘event’ through statements. I really liked this method. I love it when books do something. different like this.
This book is addictive and gripping I can see why it got picked up for a TV series. If you like a bit of mystery, playground politics and a shocking ending then pick this book up now.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Audiobook Challenge (2019)
- Beat the Backlist (2019)
- Goodreads Challenge (2019)
- Netgalley Challenge (2019)