Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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Book Review of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I have had four children go through elementary school (My baby goes into seventh grade this fall—crazy!), so I have heard and seen a lot! I also teach in an elementary school, so I’ve seen and heard even more! The group of parents in this book makes my experiences seem so mild! Wow, we parents need to up our game and make things a little more exciting, I guess! I don’t know if I’d want my children to go to this particular school (too much drama), but I’d love to be a fly on the wall!! Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty will fill your gossip cup for a long time, and make you glad you don’t live there!


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.

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.

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.”

My Book Review:

My children and students could recite my mantra from heart because they hear it all the time…NO DRAMA! Haha! Everything this book is, is 100% opposite of me. That’s okay, though, because that is why I read! I get to experience the drama without dealing with it! When I read about all the gossip and drama, my thoughts are confirmed, and I say my mantra even more. You’ll laugh after I just made a big point of all that, but I loved this book!

The writing in this book is top notch! It is very well written. It’s told from the viewpoint of several different women, and each is unique, individual, and very well developed. Each woman also stays true to herself and her character all the way through. I liked the writing style and was hooked from page one.

 I think I related most to Madeline because she is a mom of older children. She’s been through the elementary scene before, and nothing throws her…or does it? She’s feisty, hilarious, and kind of a mother-figure to the other moms. I don’t relate to the ex-husband part of her, but that’s ok. I like her heels and her “I don’t care” attitude. Celeste was a bit harder for me to relate to, but she’s a very complex character, and I still liked her. I can’t imagine being in her shoes, so no judgment from me. Jane has NO idea what she is getting into when she moves into the neighborhood. Poor girl! The decks are stacked against her before the school year even starts. I liked Jane a lot also.

I liked how Ms. Moriarty told the story. It begins with something happening, but you don’t know what. There are some eyewitness accounts from different people, and then she takes you back six months previous. I liked the eyewitness accounts throughout; I learned some things, but I also found that I had more questions, so it kept me reading.

I liked this book a lot; it’s a page-turner for sure! You get your gossip fix, your murder-mystery fix, and you learn how not to behave at the school trivia night. You also see how little lies can quickly become some of the most dangerous lies.

Content Rating RContent Rating: R (Profanity, including at least one “f” word. “Intimacy,” including scenes and innuendos. Domestic violence and murder.)

Age Recommendation: Adult

My Rating: 4/5

4 Star Review

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The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
(Summary taken from the inside book jacket) “Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret–something with the potential to destroy not just the life your built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all–she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But a letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia–or each other–but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.”
I have to admit, I really wanted Cecilia to open that letter. I wanted to know what it said. As I was reading, I thought a lot about what I would do, and decided I didn’t know. Hahaha…..but I’d probably open it. There were parts of this book that I liked. As a whole, I liked the characters and thought they were well crafted. I liked the epilogue at the end because it was quite thought-provoking. It is so true that we never know how the decisions we make affect our lives. We don’t know what changes come about in our lives because of the choices we make. I liked that the book really made me think in that regard. However, other than that, this book is really not my style or taste. Think back to when you were 13 years old and you would sneak downstairs with your BFF to watch “Days of Our Lives” while you thought your mom wouldn’t notice. Do you remember how scandalous it all felt and how you knew you should turn it off but you couldn’t because you had to know who had an affair with whom, and if so-and-so would come back to life? And you had to keep looking over your shoulder to make sure your mom wasn’t standing there? Well, that is how I felt reading this book. It felt like a big ol’ soap opera. Scandals and affairs and murder. The language was terrible and the content was not my favorite. There was a lot of “intimacy,” and not in a good way. It took awhile for the characters and different stories to come together. Maybe it was just me, but it took me forever to figure out how they fit in the story, and even then, I’m still not sure how Tess fits in. She’s kind of connected, but not like Rachel and Cecilia. I haven’t watched a soap opera in years and years, and I don’t want to. I really don’t care to read one either. However, if you like the style, you may really enjoy this book. 
Rating: R (This book is not for younger readers) Murder, affairs, intimacy, language.
Recommendation: Adult
Disclosure: I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. (This book was supposed to be reviewed for a few months ago, but I did not receive it in time to do a review at the correct time.)