So my friend Katie has been telling me about “Big Little Lies” for a few weeks, especially now that HBO picked it up as a series, and it sounded like the perfect book to tackle while I was in Vegas last week. I didn’t realize that this book was also written by Liane Moriarty — I just read “The Husband’s Secret” and was a little skeptical.
Before I get into my review, here’s the synopsis of “Big Little Lies“:
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.
OK so this book was SO GOOD. It was a perfect read for the plane/pool/Vegas. I read the entire book in five days! It’s the first book in awhile where I literally could not put it down because I wanted to know what happened. I think this book is so much better than “The Husband’s Secret”. I also started watching the HBO Mini-Series and that’s entertaining too, mostly because I love Reese Witherspoon.
I would definitely recommend “Big Little Lies” if you are looking for an entertaining, quick read. Totally worth it.
Have you read/watched “Big Little Lies”? What did you think?
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