Published by Berkley Books on February 9, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary
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From the author of Truly Madly Guilty and The Husband s Secret comes a novel about the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.
In Big Little Lies everything is about appearance. The book starts right away that there was something afoot. There had been a crime, more importantly, a murder! Then the book backtracks and starts way before the murder and the events leading up to it.
I watched season one and season two and the HBO series before I Big Little Lies. So, I came in with some expectations, while some were meet, some were not. I blame myself for this, I usually read the book before watching a books movie or tv show.
Moving on, in each chapter are lines from the investigation and you can see how the other parents of Pirriwee Peninsula in Australia. I find it funny that no matter what part of the world anyone is from there are still common threads that bind communities together. The most common thread always seems to be gossip.
The Big Little Lies follows the lives of Celeste, Jane, and Madeline as well as around them in their lives. Everyone in the town seems to be connected somehow. But the beginning of the book shows that one moment in time can change everything. In this case, it was a sprained ankle on the way to dropping Madeline’s children off at school orientation.
Throughout the book, it is hinted that there is something Jane is hiding. Oh man, you would be right thinking so because -REDACTED-. (No Spoilers here!!) I will say, by the end of the book I fell even more in love with Jane.
Now, Celeste, she was my favorite character from the entire book. She is just so strong and has a love for her boys and those around her. But she is also the most tragic character of the book. She is quite and needs to keep up appearances since her husband is very abusive to her (mentally and physically).
By the end of the book, all the loose ends were tied up. There was nothing in the book that I hated are really really loved. So for me, this book was middle of the line. If you enjoy reading mysteries and contemporary books, Big Little Lies is the book for you.
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