Publication Date: December 25, 2014
Story Perspective: Alternating Third-Person
Themes: Domestic Abuse, Bullying, Relationships, Honesty
Feisty Madeline is a middle-aged mother who is trying to deal with her ex-husband and his wife. Celeste is beautiful and seems perfect, but has a secret that she’s been hiding for years. Single-mother and young Jane is new to town, tries to push back her past and start a new life.
How are these women and their children connected? An even more important question – What truly happened at the scene of the crime?
A while back (before my blog), I read and really enjoyed The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. I remember jumping at the chance of buying this book, and I finally got around to reading it!
One of the best aspects of this book is how Moriarty is able to give the reader snippets of information to try to piece things together. Honestly, I purposely did not try to guess on the outcome and just enjoyed the book as it was presented to me, page by page. Due to this, I literally dropped the book, verbally stated an “oh my gosh!”, and walked a few steps away before continuing. This happened a few times towards the end. Let’s just say, my dog was very confused on what was going on, lol.
In the beginning, it was easy to criticize how superficial and perhaps cliquey some of the mothers seemed to be. However, as the story progressed, more information was given and you start to feel for each of these women and their troubling times. The domestic abuse and bullying aspects were handled in a way that was scary, but not too graphic. As the reader, you don’t see the bullying, just hear about it, and the domestic abuse was shown in short scenes. This was probably the amount that I could’ve handled before it would become too much for me.
The only aspect that, at first, bothered me was the switching from the present to the past. The reader is given dibs and dabs of the present while learning about the past, leading up to the current events. Eventually, the two merge and become a linear storyline. When the snippets of the present happened, it was presented more like a play, where a person’s name was given and then a few lines were said. It was during this point, especially toward the beginning, I felt a bit overwhelmed due to the amount of characters that were speaking. However, upon reflection, I don’t believe the reader is meant to really know/understand who is who right away. Some of the characters who gave statements, we learn more about, while others we do not. It seems this was purposely done to experience the crime scene confusion.
Overall, I truly enjoyed Big Little Lies, plan on eventually watching the show, and I am even more excited to read more books from this clever author!
I would highly recommend Big Little Lies to those who enjoy a good mystery revolving three women and their livelihood.
Was this a book of my choosing or one for review?
17 out of 50 books of my choosing for 2018!