Book Review: Big Little Lies


From Amazon:

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 started reading this book almost a month ago and I just finished it last week… which might be an indication for ya.  If I LOVE a novel, I will finish it in a couple of days.  If I hate a novel, I won’t finish it… This one fell somewhere in the middle.  I enjoyed it when I found the time to read, but not enough to read every free second I had.  I loved Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret so that’s why I gave this one a shot.

Here’s what I liked about the book.

1. It took place in Australia – I like reading books that take place in other countries/continents… it’s sorta like taking a vacation and exploring a new place.

2. This book was about being a mama and I’d say most types of moms were represented.  Professional, stay at home, single, divorced.  There are all sorts of us out there so it’s nice to see multiple types of moms with their own unique challenges.  I think we can all identify with parts of each character in the book… that being said…

Here’s what I didn’t like.

1. The book seemed so slow.  Every chapter was building up to the big trivia night which took place at the very end of the book.  It was a lot of build up for not much.

2.  Although I could identify with parts of the characters on some levels, I found myself not caring about any of them.  They seemed mostly shallow and not well developed.  And predictable… they were all so predictable.

Unfortunately I’d only give this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars.  I wanted to love it, but in the end I was just meh.  If you have free time (like a long plane ride and the book is free), it might be acceptable.  The book description starts out with “A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?   What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?”  The book is NOTHING like that.  If you are looking for an exciting page turner, this is NOT it.


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