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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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?
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.
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.
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