Big Little Lies Review

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Big Little Lies was the second book chosen for our book club. Not something I had heard of before, but I was told that it has been made into a TV show. Although only available on Sky so not something I will get round to watching. We all decided on it together as it seemed like something we wouldn’t usually pick up. It’s always good to expand your reading horizons! Also, please note there are a few slight spoilers!

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Synopsis

Big Little Lies is a psychological thriller by Liane Moriarty. The story begins with a murder, or at least that’s what’s believed by the police and fellow parents at the school. Jane is a new mum on the block, hoping to provide the best for her son but soon finds herself linked to school drama involving her son, and some of the other mum’s in the playground. She soon finds herself adopted by Madeline, a veteran at the school and soon becomes close to her whilst getting to know the aloof Celeste.

All three women have private little lies that they keep to protect themselves. But how can these lies come out and cause problems for the entire community?

Initial Thoughts

I wasn’t sure what to make of Big Little Lies when we first decided on it, as it was a snap decision to read this. We picked it up on the same day as our meeting, we were already in Waterstone’s and was hard to resist. I don’t read a lot of murder mystery, or crime thrillers so I wasn’t sure if this would be up my street. However, as soon as I started reading I was gripped. The pacing within the first chapter drew me in and I wanted to know more and read on!

I took it on my holiday to Portugal. I didn’t start it until my penultimate day, but I finished then as well. It was definitely gripping. I felt like I couldn’t put it down until I knew everything that was happening within. I was definitely more than a little anti-social whilst reading it.

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After Reading

I absolutely loved the book. I found it gripping and captivating. Usually with these sort of whodunnit mysteries I can make the right sort of guesses as to who had done it. However as this booked focused on three women I couldn’t even decide who it was who had died! One of my favourite stylistic points from this book was the interview snippets. A lot of the secondary characters were able to get their thoughts and personalities across via the report interviews that had been done. This only added to my confusion as to who was dead but oh my I loved it!

After my initial hype with this book I have to say I did still love, even after reflecting on it. It delved into many different taboo areas within in society and tried to get the point across so well. Although it may not have gone into as much detail as possible on traumatic sexual encounters or domestic abuse. It did bring the issues to light and hopefully make more people aware. The fact that these two things were included but only revealed slowly, also show how we lie to ourselves to keep the people around us happy and out of the loop.

Overall

*****
4/5 Stars Although I really, really enjoyed this book I feel like it could have gone into more depth with certain story arcs. Sometimes it felt as though too much was happening at any one time. Celeste’s domestic violence could have been explored in more depth and expand on it had impacted her children. It’s easy enough to mention as part of the story-line but giving more information and developing it further could have gone further to highlight this phenomenon. 

Even though it isn’t my usual sort of book, I am now more open to picking up a book similar to this in the future. Or at least from this author anyway!

If you want to read this yourself you can buy a copy on Amazon here.

Hasta la fuego

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14 Replies to “Big Little Lies Review”

  1. I’ve read books by Liane Moriarty before and loved them, really gripping. I may have to pick up a copy of this! Jessica KG x

    1. This is the first one I’ve read by her but I feel like I am going to have to pick up more when I come across them!

      Lauren 🙂 x

  2. Might have to read it. I watched the first few episodes it was good but I’ve got a feeling the book will be better.
    X

    1. I feel like I need to find a way to watch the show!

      Lauren 🙂 X

      1. It sucks when they put stuff on channels not everyone has. I hope you can find a way to watch it 😀 x

    2. I’ve not heard much about the TV show, but I did really enjoy the book!

      Lauren 🙂 x

  3. Sounds like an ace book! Might have to grab a copy myself!

    1. I really recommend it! So glad that we picked it up.

      Lauren 🙂 x

  4. This sounds fantastic, I’ve had the show on my “to watch” list for a while – I’m a big fan of reading the book before the movie / show so I’m gonna have to pick this up!

    1. Yes do it!! You won’t regret it! And then you can watch the TV show afterwards =D

      Lauren 🙂 x

  5. You make this sound SO appealing!! I have started watching the show, a couple of eps in, not sure if it was for me but now I’ve read this I’m going to go back to it.

    1. I hope the rest of the show picks up for you then! I really want to watch it but I loved the book story line!

      Lauren 🙂 x

  6. ooh this sounds right up my street! its been a long time since I’ve been able to just get lost in a book.. will have to pick up a copy 🙂

    han // hxanou.co.uk

    1. I would really recommend it. It was a good book to get lost in for sure!

      Lauren 🙂 x

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