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September 04, 2014

Book Review #3 - Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

Well it's that time of the month. No not that time (where is your mind), I'm talking about book review time.  its the third month for the book review with Kari and I, although things are a little different this month. We are reviewing August's book in the first week of the Spetember because we had to give Shelby, who won the giveaway, a chance to receive and read her book. I do love that its an Australian author this month since Ill be there soon! (yes I keep talking about Australia ... I'm excited so bear with me.)

Ill be honest though, this isn't my best review ... Keep reading to see why.

Liane Moriarty

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 liked this book, though I'm not sure if I loved it, and we can blame the ending (which I wont reveal) for that fact. Set in Australia, it was to me a story of parenting, "mummy cliques", friendships, families, broken homes, relationships, children and of one night at Pirriwee Public School that turned deadly. Two words resonated throughout the book - "Trivia Night." I love it when an author starts a book with impact. We are immediately taken into the drama of Trivia night in the very first sentence of chapter one "That doesn't sound like a school trivia night ... that sounds like a riot". We learn a parent is dead. We the readers are then taken on a roller coaster ride through flashes back throughout the book to the months and days before said Trivia night. Was it murder? Well I'll let you read to find out. 

I don't want to make it seem like the story was just one of mystery and suspense. It was not. There were well developed characters and relationships outside of the Trivia night debacle. There were three main characters/mothers developed and I did fall in love with them all in some way. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane were all mothers of kindergarten aged kids entering the school. Madeline is in her forties and is married to her second husband. We feel Madeline’s pain as her older daughter seeks to move in with her ex-husband and his much young second wife, whose child also happens to be entering the same Kindergarten class. Celeste on the other hand was developed as a rich,  beautiful, but quiet woman with the 'perfect' marriage. She is the best friend of Madeline and the mother of twin boys. Finally there is Jane, a young single mother of her son Ziggy who was the product of a one night stand.

I think the characters were well developed albeit sometimes stereotypical. I fell in love the the zesty personality of Madeline and the quiet persona of Celeste, while I was left intrigued by Jane’s story and the story of Ziggy her son. 

All in all the book was an easy read. The writing was simple enough and the characters well developed. That said, I struggled to even give this 4 stars because I really did not like the ending. In fact I struggled to write this review. I hate to give away too much in reviews ... so I'll just say that I found the ending to be anti-climatic at best, or perhaps I was built up throughout the book to expect too much of Trivia Night. I would still recommend it, as until the end, I did truly enjoy the writing. 

"They say it's good to let your grudges go, but I don't know, I'm quite fond of my grudge. I tend it like a little pet.” 

"Everyone wanted to be rich and beautiful, but the truly rich and beautiful had to pretend they were just the same as everyone else.” 

Now go link up your post on Kari's blog, rumour has it she has a book haul video up as well!

Happy Thursday Peeps :)


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  1. I had a hard time with the previous book the Husband's Secret because of the ending too.So disappointing especially when you liked the book before that part.

  2. hmmmm. i am not sure if i want to read it now! great review though, i like honesty better than not! although when endings are what they are supposed to be, they bug me!!

  3. Hah I loved the quotes in this book. Good addition with the grudge/little pet. And thank you again for the giveaway win and introducing me to an amazing author!

  4. Loved this review! Not all books are gonna be amazing. And when the ending sucks, I have to admit that it personally pisses me off. lol Like the whole book goes down hill. smh

  5. i think this is a good review! i think we can all agree that we appreciate honest reviews vs "you have to read this! omg!" reviews. so dumb question, are these books a series? do you have to read them in ordeR?

  6. I hate when a good book has a poor ending! It always ruins the entire experience for me. I had one like that recently where all I did was rave about how awful it was even though I'd LOVED the book up until the ending. Oh books!

  7. I loved this book. I didn't mind the ending.

    I read The Darkest Minds too. I'm about to read the second in that series.

  8. It sounds suspenseful, and sometimes an easy read is just what I need!

  9. I had this book on my list and now I am not so sure that you said you didn't like the ending. I hate books that dont end well!!!!

  10. Yay I've been wondering about this book, I think I am going to download to my kindle for my trip to the beach this weekend!

  11. I love this review. You said it so clearly and simply and I envy that as I just babble on lol. So excited for The Darkest Minds!

  12. Nice review. I've never heard of this book before, but that's not really my genre. I enjoy "chick lit" (ugh though I hate that term) but usually when you throw in murder/mystery, I'm pretty much out. It does sound interesting though and I'm actually really curious about how the ending was so bad, ha!

  13. I've heard of this book and was intrigued by it. I think you did an excellent review without giving too much away. I used to love murder/mystery but I have been having a difficult time finding one that keeps my interest.

  14. I finally got the books in that I ordered. More poetry than anything. I have to say that reading is beautiful.

  15. This sounds sooooooooooo good!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle


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