Summary (from Goodreads):
“Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead. But who did what?
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads: 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.”
I absolutely loved this book! It seems like every time I read a Liane Moriarty book, it’s better than the one I read before it; she’s definitely a must-read author of mine. I’ve also bought her backlist but haven’t had a chance to read those books yet (but soon!).
I love the way that the story unfolds gradually and that quotes from other parents are interspersed in the chapters. It definitely added to the feeling of trying to figure out what was going on. (I was also so afraid that one of the characters I loved would be the one that ended up dead. Obviously I’m not going to confirm/deny that, but there was a definite tension for me while I was reading this.)
I love that her characters aren’t perfect. I love Madeline but she has a temper and holds grudges (we would be best friends). The fact that they’re flawed makes them seem much more human and much more identifiable.