Thursday, May 11, 2017

[Book Review] Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Book review

I picked this book up to take on a trip to the Midwest. It was definitely the perfect book to distract me from the fact that we were in an airplane! I was drawn into the story very early on. The drama and suspense was so addicting!

Stephen King perfectly summed up this book when he said that it's, "A hell of a book. Funny and scary."

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty book cover

Big Little Lies is a drama filled story with a great twist of mystery. This story bounces back and forth between interviews held by a reporter after a situation and the main storyline of three women; Madeline, Celeste, and Jane.

Madeline is struggling to cope with the fact that her ex-husband (who left her with a newborn baby fifteen years ago) now has a daughter attending the same school as Madeline and her husband Ed's youngest daughter. She is also struggling with her oldest daughter as she goes through her angsty teenager stage.

Celeste is a beautiful woman who is married with two twin boys. Her husband makes loads of money, so she doesn't need to work. Though many think she has the perfect life, she has a big secret that she is hiding.

Jane is a young mother who has recently moved to town with her son, Ziggy. Jane has a dark past and is trying to come to terms with it. But when there is a situation at orientation day, she is sent down another rough path.

My thoughts:
I thought this book was going to be a bit iffy for me, since I had heard how filled with drama it was. But I was very pleasantly surprised that when I started reading, I was drawn right into the story! This book truly hooked me in and didn't let me go until the very last page.

The organization of the story was wonderful. I loved that we picked up right in the middle of the action and then jumped back to learn how we had gotten there. I also loved the feature of the interview clips being thrown in to many of the chapters because I felt that this really helped to add depth to the story.

The writing was great and the plot itself was very interesting. I really enjoyed they mystery and that the actual details of what happened were very unclear until the very end because of all the gossip that ran wild. It really had me guessing!

I found the three main characters to be very interesting! Even if I didn't like many of the things they were doing, I really felt for each of them. I think Madeline was my favorite because I found her absolutely hysterical! The relationships between each of the main characters and the other general characters were all wonderfully developed! This really helped all of the characters seem real.

There were a lot of really tough topics included here; cheating, domestic abuse, etc. But I really felt that the author handled it all so well. It was the perfect mix of humor and seriousness.

My favorite passages:
Did anyone really know their child? Your child was a little stranger, constantly changing, disappearing and reintroducing himself to you. New personality traits could appear overnight.

...and there wasn't a damn thing she could do about it, but at least she could drag that monster out from under Chloe's bed and kill it with her bare hands.

She swallowed it whole and pretended it mean nothing, and therefore it had come to mean everything.

She picked up Fred's toy lightsaber from where he'd conveniently left it on the floor for someone to trip over tomorrow morning. She turned on the switch so it burned red and green and slicked it through the air like Darth Vader, taking down each of her enemies.

She swung the lightsaber so enthusiastically over her head that it clanged against the hanging light and sent it swinging back and forth. Madeline dropped the lightsaber on the couch and reached up to hold the light fixture steady. Right. No more playing with the lightsaber. She could just imagine Ed's face if she'd broken a light fixture pretending to be Darth Vader.

It occurred to her that there were so many levels of evil in the world.

My final thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book! Of course I thought a lot of the drama was over the top and silly, but it was so addicting. The organization of the storyline and the mystery were so wonderfully done. I gave this book five stars.

I cannot wait to check out the TV show at some point!

Thanks for reading!
Have you read this book or watched the show? What were your thoughts?


  1. I liked this book so much, and Madeline cracked me up. And I was hooked too. I especially loved the gossipy snippets from the other parents!

    The show was pretty good, I thought they did a good job with it for the most part. reese Witherspoon was a good Madeline even though I pictured her differently. :)

    1. I totally binge watched the show. I pictured Madeline differently too, but Reese definitely nailed the role! I loved Shailene Woodley as Jane as well!

  2. Hey, great review. I have this book and I plan to read it, then watch the show.

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy both as much as I didi!! :)

  3. I read it and watched the show. The show followed it pretty well, but added some elements. My husband even liked the show.
    When The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth comes out, definitely check it out. It has a similar feel to this book.