After a few weeks off the wagon, I finally hopped back on the reading train!
Normally this would have been a book I would have finished in no time at all (it’s really good!), but being exhausted from moving and setting up our new house set me back. This book was the ninth I’ve finished as part of my 2016 reading challenge and the second off of my summer reading list.
Big Little Lies follows three very different women who all have a child entering into the same kindergarten class. While the women each come from different walks of life and have very different personalities, as the story is told, we realize their lives are intertwined more than we could even imagine. Furthermore, by the end of the book, one fateful event will tie them together forever. The story begins in the present with a shocking murder at a kindergarten fundraiser. At the beginning, it is a mystery as to who the victim is, but from there we’re taken back into the months, weeks, days and hours before the event and we’re only left to guess the victim until the end of the book. As the story progresses, we get a glimpse into the life of the three women and get to know more about their past, their current problems, joys and the lies they each tell themselves and others in order to get through the day.
This was my second Liane Moriarty book (the first was What Alice Forgot) and with each book she’s quickly moving up the ranks of my favorite authors. She is a fantastic writer and is brilliant at creating likable, relatable, but truly flawed characters. When the book began with a murder at a kindergarten fundraiser (of all places!), I thought the it was going to be a bit soap opera-esque; it certainly wasn’t. As the story went along, I kept trying to guess who the murder victim would be and even changed my mind a few times along the way – with the actual victim being completely unexpected.
I loved the three lead characters Liane Moriarty created. Each are both strong and weak in their own right, as well as flawed, but it’s their flaws that makes them so relatable and empathetic to the reader. This book tackles serious subjects like murder, domestic abuse, divorce, betrayal and bullying without being too dark, which is a feat in itself. This is a true tale in which appearances are deceiving and you never really know the entire story of someone’s life or the lies they tell that you believe to be true. I highly recommend this book!
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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