Straight up, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is definitely a must have for your bookshelf. Truth be told, I actually didn’t even know this story existed until it became a TV show, which had obviously brought a huge amount of attention to it, AND it is written by an Australian author. I, of course, then knew I had to get my hands on this book.
‘I guess it started with the mothers.’
‘It was all just a terrible misunderstanding.’
‘I’ll tell you exactly why it happened.’
Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead.
Liane Moriarty’s new novel is funny and heartbreaking, challenging and compassionate. The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author turns her unique gaze on parenting and playground politics, showing us what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.
‘Let me be clear. This is not a circus. This is a murder investigation.’
Upon reading this blurb, I predicted that I was going to be in for a wild ride, and boy was I right. Liane writes in a way that makes you feel like you’re part of the world she depicts and you feel like you’re experiencing all of the primary school mum drama first hand. You say, “What’s the tea?” and Liane says “Girl, this tea is so tasty you’re gonna come back for more”. You can bet that I stayed for seconds.
The novel is a pretty breezy read from the first chapter and I love how it begins (I won’t post exactly how, just to avoid spoilers, as I always do when reviewing books). It emphasises the tension of the situation in the story and portrays the murder mystery with equal humour and seriousness at the same time.
The characters are nothing more than melodramatic stereotypes, bless, because in a good drama novel, they should be. I think that’s what makes this book so attractive to read. Each one is easily imaginable and I can picture them perfectly. The downside to that is in the tiny details with the adaptation (if you decide to compare the book to the tv show), but as stated in a previous article of mine, that is why I generally read the book after viewing the adaptation – to avoid disappointment.
I found the creativity of the plot unique, yet so relatable. It may have something to do with it being an Australian story as I loved picking up on small bits and pieces that I could familiarise myself with. Along with the story, there are strong themes that you could also empathise with, but it may be a bit emotionally triggering (be warned, there will be tears!), so best to have tissues at the ready.
There was a bit of the story where it did feel like it seemed to drag, but not too badly that I couldn’t keep on reading. It just meant that I could put the book down if I really needed to but still be encouraged to pick the book back up so I could find out what happens at the end!
Funnily enough, upon discussion with a colleague, we noticed we both had very different instincts on how the book would conclude. I, on one hand, was completely oblivious to the outcome of the scenario, whereas my colleague believed he knew the plot from the start. Baring that in mind, satisfaction in surprise and plot twists will depend on the reader.
Overall, I am definitely pleased I chose to read Big Little Lies. I am also very sad that I decided to pick this as a wandering book of mine and I had to part with it sooner than desired.
If you managed to pick this book up from where I’ve left it, I hope you enjoy the read as much as I did. I’ll definitely be buying my own copy to add to my shelf.
Have you read Big Little Lies or watched the adaptation? What do you think of it? I’d love to read your opinions in the comments. 🙂
Happy reading everyone!