Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies
by Liane Moriarty

Publication date: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Pages: 465


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.

Source: Goodreads


It’s not often that I watch the adaptation before reading the book, but I absolutely loved “Big Little Lies” the series and knew I had to give the book a read.

Having highly enjoyed watching the story, I know that I would go into the book with a slight bias. I could picture the characters from the screen, hear the soundtrack while I read, and picture every emotion as I had already seen it. I was captivated and sped through its 400 pages in no time.

The story explores the relationships between a group of parents whose children are about to start kindergarten together. Each stereotypical mother is represented, from the working mum to the hippy vegan. It’s absurd and dramatic, but it doesn’t matter, each of the characters seems to be someone you could truly imagine to be real.

Behind the main story lies layers of complexity. Moriarty tackles a number of topics that we tend to keep hidden (bullying, domestic abuse, affairs and mental health) all leading up to a murder. The reader is left guessing with small clues as to who the victim will be with twists and turns to throw you off along the way.

Overall rating: Full of friendship, family and feuds, I highly recommend “Big Little Lies” . Read the book, watch the show, it’s 5 stars.

See my other reviews of books by Liane Moriarty here:

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