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.
This book is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. To describe the writing is difficult for me – it flows and is engaging, so much that I didn’t want to skip one word, for fear I would miss some important and crucial detail to the story. But it felt like it took forever for me to finish the book when really, I read the entire second half in one day. It became impossible to put down, once I hit the halfway point.
How does an author take 3 extremely serious topics and write in a way that is terrifying one minute and hilarious the next? It was done brilliantly in this book. Bullying, domestic violence and even murder made this story intriguing with just enough intensity and suspense to keep you reading. There were moments I was chuckling to myself from the subtle humor or feeling gut wrenching sadness for some of the suffering endured by these characters. And then out of no where something shocking would happen that had me terrified and on edge. This book really brought out serious emotions in me.
The characters are flawed, some annoying and barely likable. But I was drawn into their lives, their stories all interesting in a different way, and all having something in common. Lies and secrets obviously play a major role in this book, and I loved how everything unfolded and little truths were revealed throughout the course of the book. The author was brilliant in the way she wrote the story leading up to the ‘big night’, and when I would think I new how it would end, she kept throwing me off. In the end, I didn’t have it figured out and was pleasantly surprised by the twists.
A really fantastic read. This author is definitely a must read for all of her future books.