Big Little Lies
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.
When I added this book to my Goodreads “to-read” shelf, one of my friends suggested I listen to the audio book. I have only ever listened to a handful of audio books, so I don’t even usually this of this as an option, but I trust this friend, so I checked the audio version out from our local library (through OneClickDigital) and was so glad that I did!
The book was set in Australia, and the narrator’s accent made the characters just come to life. She did a fabulous job! The story was engaging, and I found myself just wanting to sit and listen to see how things were going to turn out. There is significant foreshadowing and from the very first chapter you know someone dies during a school event… you just don’t know WHO, and so the whole “leading up to the night” takes the majority of the book.
The characters were so well written. The drama of kindergarten politics and prejudices was at its best, and the book did a great job of showing how everyone has drama/issues in their lives — only some hide it better than others. Some of my favorite scenes were just dealing with the “life of living”, for example when Madeline is trying to have a serious conversation with her 14 year old daughter and her 2nd grade son is screaming at her from the other room with some crisis. It was such real life.
I loved the format of the book too… how it went back and forth between the gossip and police investigation following the Trivia Night and all that led up to it. I just thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Would I recommend this to a fellow book-lover? Absolutely! Try the audio book!
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter? Probably not. It deals with some pretty adult situations/emotions.
4.5 of 5 stars. Docked .5 for the language. Using profanity is a pet peeve of mine, if you haven’t noticed. Also, some pretty adult themes, so not a good book for all people, but I enjoyed it just the same.