Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
I keep hearing about the HBO series based on this book, but I haven’t watched it. And, since I don’t have HBO, I won’t. However, I didn’t want to miss out, so I picked up the audio version on Libro.fm.
I have read a few of Moriarty’s books: The Husband’s Secret, What Alice Forgot (I will post about this one soon) & Nine Perfect Strangers and I loved them all! Liane has a way of creating characters that are very real. She allows you to glimpse the hypocrisy and misinterpretations that we all experience. I always find her characters make me examine my own relationships and interactions, and Big Little Lies is no exception.
The premise: Someone died. We don’t know who, but we know that it happened at a school fundraiser. We get the back story of several women, all mothers of children in the same school. We also get snippets of their statements to the police, as the death is being investigated as a murder. Moriarty blends rough topics like domestic violence and possible murder with humor and the annoyingly all too real misunderstandings that happen in real life. People lie about small things to make themselves look better (or someone else look worse), to avoid confrontation or to keep their dirty secrets. In Big Little Lies, all of this occurs and it doesn’t end well for someone.
Since the story takes place in Australia, the audio version has the extra benefit of Australian accents! But whatever format you use, get yourself a copy. I loved this book and hope you will too!