Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥
This is the second book I’ve read by Liane Moriarty. The first was The Husband’s Secret, which I just couldn’t put down, so I had high hopes for Big Little Lies. And I was not disappointed! Moriarty uses the same style in both books, with each chapter exploring the point of view of a different character. Some of the characters are the same types, with different kinds of school mums and characters that you would find in many communities in the suburbs.
Another similarity between the books is the idea of lies and hiding things from other people. In Big Little Lies, it seems like everyone has a secret, and Liane Moriarty is the master of unraveling everyone’s secrets and stories string by string as the book develops. And, again in a similar way to The Husband’s Secret, in Big Little Lies, a lot of the secrets are related to the overarching dark theme of violence. Throughout the book is the mystery of who has been murdered and why. Underneath that layer, we are left wondering what is happening with the children and whether an innocent little boy is being accused of something he hasn’t done. And in another thread again, we have Celeste and Perry, whose Hollywood happy life might not be what it seems. Of course, let’s not forget about Jane. She obviously has something dark going on there from the beginning, but we don’t really get to know exactly what it is until quite far through the book.
I don’t want to give away any major spoilers, but I did really love how all of these layers of violence and intrigue were woven together in this story. I just couldn’t wait to get to the end, where I knew everything would be neatly unpacked and put back together.
Many of the characters in Moriarty’s books have a superficial facade, where they worry about looks and impressing the others in their community. I like that the characters tend to start out that way and then develop and deepen.
I would recommend Big Little Lies as your next quick, un-put-downable read. There is also a lot to discuss for a book club, with some questions included at the end of the book to get the discussion started.