Recently, I have been spending more time with my nose in a book. It just so happens that I just finished this fantastic read. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty was such a perfect summer treat. I started out by the pool with this in hand after looking for something that would deviate from my typical true crime choices, and by the time I finished I knew I had to share a review on the blog. Don’t worry – I won’t include any spoilers.
I had put off reading Big Little Lies for a while because I have been stuck in a rut with books I can’t finish. Well, I can, but I just didn’t want to. They weren’t keeping my full interest or had a super slow build. However, once I started Big Little Lies, I couldn’t put it down. I found myself day-dreaming at work about when I would get back to Moriarty’s book to find out what happened.
OK, so the real review…
The character introductions are flawless. You’re never left confused about who is who or who their allies are. From capturing the personalities of the sweet children to their cliquey moms, and their dis-interested (is that the right word?) husbands, who are dragged into the drama against their will, Moriarty nailed it. Each character is thoughtfully written and intertwined into the lives of the others in the most realistic fashion. As someone who is neither a mom nor married, I was still hooked into the lives of the families on the Peninsula from the very beginning. The whole story, as much of a rollercoaster as it is, feels natural and real.
The plot builds at a pace that keeps you turning pages and dying to know what happens. And, while blowing through this story, I kept guessing at what was going to happen next. I was trying to translate the “third party” interviews that are interjected artfully to figure it out. They both continue the various plotlines and give you the “small-town rumors” you crave about these characters. I thought I knew what was coming up next, and I was wrong EVERY TIME.
That’s what is so special about Moriarty. You know that something big is going to happen, but she surprises you every time. It genuinely takes a special author to be able to keep my interest and surprise me when it comes to these contemporary reads. There are so many characters and each is critical to the story in some way. The way they grow as people and the way their relationships change felt so instinctive and really made this an enjoyable read. And then you blink, and the book is over.
You just read the last page of the last chapter and all of a sudden your perspective of every character has changed in some way. You’ve softened your thoughts on some and you despise some others. You’re content with the ending, but you want more. Cue HBO… Just kidding! I’ve heard the show is very different from the novel. I haven’t watched more than the second episode of the show because of Shailene Woodley. I’m sure she’s a nice girl, but she doesn’t hold a candle to the strong personalities of Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. Her subpar acting left me disappointed and I quickly lost interest in watching the show. Sorry girl! I also waited to watch the show until after reading the novel to preserve my first experience with this storyline for written text. The books are always better.
The Bottom Line of Big Little Lies…
…is if you don’t have this book in your lineup, DROP EVERYTHING AND GET IT. I loved it. And I have a pretty reliable source telling me that all of her books are this way. So I can’t wait to grab some more! So support your favorite book store/retailer and get your hands on this book right now. It was such a fun book for the summer, and I can’t recommend it enough!
Have you read it? Have you read any of her other books? I’d love to hear your thoughts!! Drop a comment and give me some more reading ideas!